The only thing worse than a day when nothing happens is a day when everything happens. It seemed that everything was happening at once today, and I wasn't able to do anything about it except pace and sweat and hyperventilate. All of which I do quite well, by the way, having had years of training. My whole life sometimes seems like a dress rehearsal for the next crisis.
When I checked the tracking site for my new computer, it turns out that it left Dallas just past midnight Thursday night and got to Sacramento about noon Saturday. For some reason it didn't leave Sacramento until yesterday afternoon. It got loaded onto a truck in Santa Rosa in the middle of the night, which gave me the strong hope it would be delivered today as promised.
That hope faded, of course, as the morning wore on, and I was forever craning my neck to see out the window and down to the end of the drive.
Finally, when I stopped thinking about it, the FedEx driver was at my door at about 11:00 am with a big red and white box labeled "Compaq." It was here! Now it was time for the real panic to set in! I had no idea what to do!
I guess I thought it would arrive over the weekend, when I'd have plenty of time to set everything up. Instead it was here in the middle of a busy work day. Other things were going on, and I couldn't even plug in my new baby. What I could do was refigure the phone lines, but I had to draw a diagram to make sure I'd still have both a phone and a fax when I got finished. After a few false starts, I think I got it. I think.
So far everything, phone-wise, seems to be working. I'm now using the voice line for my dial-up connection, reserving the fax line for DSL, when I get around to installing it. That's what all this was about in the first place, high speed internet access, and it's starting to look like the last thing I'll get around to doing with the new system setup. So for awhile I'll be online even less than in the recent past, and much later, after I'm sure nobody's going to phone.
The phone company is apparently worried about me, though. I got a card from them today reminding me that I'm paying for DSL service, and why don't I go ahead and use it?