Monday, January 26, 2009

Monopoly Money

I cannot access my blog from the computers at the office, so my only chance to do so is when I'm elsewhere, on a non-government computer. Such as when I'm at home.

Unless I'm at home in my CHU, as it seemed earlier today.

My sleep cycle is still all catawumpus from the long-distance travel of last week, so when I woke up at 0430 -- completely 'wired' and ready to go for the day -- I spent the next three hours trying to get an IP address from the internet service provider -- the only one available to me -- to whom I pay $65 per month for the privilege of this frustration.

Once it was time to go to work and I no longer had the time to access my blog, they finally saw fit to assign me the required address.

Not a crisis, certainly, but most assuredly an annoyance. Powerlessness is what my friends who go to a lot of AA and Al-Anon meetings would call it, I'm sure.

Have I mentioned recently how much I hate powerlessness?

The internet service here is *very* expensive, reliably unreliable, and maddeningly slow. Despite all the problems I've had with connectivity, there has never once been a refund/rebate/adjustment to the bill!

I'm sure that would cut into the profit margin of those responsible for this mess.

Whose idea was it, anyway, to give Soldiers only one option for internet access in the CHUs here? And while we're on the subject, why are we charged for it in the first place?

Sounds like a monopoly to me...

(I wonder whether this was another of the "no-bid" contracts awarded to friends of those in power?)

The young Soldiers I know who spend much more time connected to the internet than I do (hard to believe, but it *is* true!) find this a much greater annoyance. On top of all that they're already sacrificing in just being over here Down Range in the first place, how right is it that they should have to put up with this, too?

I won't say that this is just another way to screw the troops, because that would undoubtedly offend someone whose sensibilities are easily hurt (most probably not wearing a uniform, but not necessarily so). Therefore I'll just opine that this may be someone's rather odd way of saying "we support the troops."

Gosh, thanks.

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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1 comment:

1776 said...

Don't get me started on our boys having to pay for internet and to call home. It just ain't right.

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