I’m gonna get straight to the point: In the past 2 weeks I’ve had 2 packages stolen from me. One had its box ripped open, its content stolen, and thrown back on my driveway. The other was simply stolen from my front door. My front door doesn’t even face the streets, so I only have one question:
My third quarter has finally ended, and you’d think that because I’m on a 2-week spring break that everything would be fine and dandy, but nooooo. Thanks to Comcast, my boyfriend and I have been without Internet for… 10 days. 10 friggin days without Internet. I don’t even know how we lasted this long. The worst part was not having Internet when I had 2 take-home exams and 2 final projects due, which meant driving to Starbucks or school just to send my exam/projects to the professors. At least I had my smartphone so I could check my email
And why is this all happening? Because some moron from Comcast installed the outdoor cable lines incorrectly, thus exposing them to the elements, resulting in them going kaput and us without Internet. They told us this would be fixed within 48 business hours after I called, and when my boyfriend called again after 24 business hours, they said someone would be here to fix it no later than 5pm Tuesday. Of course, that didn’t happen, and when we called again, they now tell us we had to wait 7 – 10 business days. WTF. WTF. WTF.
What irks me the most about this whole situation is that Comcast was the one that fugged up in the first place, then they lied to us not once, but twice, and now they’re going to make us go another week without Internet? When I told them all this, the only thing they told me was that there was nothing they could do, but as part of their customer satisfaction guarantee, they’d credit us the money for the days we didn’t have Internet.Damn right you should to do that, and how about you hire people who actually knows how to install cable lines properly?? Or people that won’t lie to the customers?? Ridiculous.
On the bright side, I suddenly find myself with more time than I know what to do with, which basically means lots of cleaning, playing with Shelly and Cooper, or shopping at the mall. I would hang out with my friends, but they’re either working or not on spring break. Or I’d blog, but that would require me driving to Starbucks and buying an overpriced coffee just to use their absurdly slow Internet1.
UPDATES: After calling 15+ times and tweeting about it to @comcastcares excessively, they finally hurried their slow butts up and someone called last Friday to tell me it was fixed and that I’d have internet back. WRONG! When I got back home to test my connection, it was still down. After 3 more calls to Comcast, one of which suggested I fix my computer instead, they finally told me that it still wasn’t fixed and that a tech would have to come over on Monday. WTF. So goes another weekend without internet, and when the tech came over today, he told me that the reason I didn’t have service was because the outdoor lines weren’t connected to the indoor lines. WTF. WHAT THE HECK WERE THE TECHS DOING ON FRIDAY THEN?? Smh.
- Which is what I’m doing. Right now. ↩
Do you know someone like this in your life? Someone who is constantly1 feeling sorry for themselves:
“People don’t understand me!”
“People are so mean!”
“I have so much work to do!”
“I have no money!”
“I have no job!”
“My life sucks!”
Someone like this:
I’m not talking about the occasional ranting and bitching, because hey, life is unfair, and sometimes crap happens. But when you’re constantly feeling sorry for yourself and that’s ALL you ever talk about, then I say “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”. Whatever sympathy I might have felt for your situation just died the moment your endless self-pitying began. Call me heartless, but I can NOT stand people who are constantly wallowing in their misery. Life is tough enough without listening your endless spew of negativity. Not only are you only making yourself feel worse by constantly dwelling on these thoughts, but you’re being selfish by burdening those around you with that negativity. If you want to jump off a bridge, that’s your choice, but don’t drag others down with you.
Furthermore, I realized that these same people who are constantly feeling sorry for themselves also like to think of themselves as innocent victims, undeserving of such harsh treatments. While that may be true in some of their circumstances, I find it hard to believe that they had no part in ANY of the problems. “I can’t help it, people are just mean to me! People just don’t like me!” Seriously, if 1 or 2 people didn’t like you, maybe they are just being mean. But if you have a truckload of people who don’t like you, maybe you should try to find out WHY they don’t like you, instead of crying and whining about how mean they are. Maybe they are still just mean, or maybe it’s you. Go figure it out.
I’ll admit, sometimes times get tough, and it happens to the best of us. We all feel frustrated and the need to vent, and we should, it’s good for us. But once you get it off your chest, keep it off. Don’t regurgitate that complaint and throw it back on people again and again, it not only gets old, but it gets annoying. And seriously, your time could be better spent actually doing something about the problem instead of just bitching about it repeatedly.
Do you know people like this in your life? How do you deal with them?
- Can’t stress the constant part enough ↩
So recently, I’ve become members of design-oriented communities such as Forrst and Dribble. I wanted to join them mainly to network with other designer, learn from them, and have the ability for them to critique my work. I used to join forums and message boards for that purpose, but I noticed that most of the active ones nowadays have a younger crowd, and I feel out of place Now, it just so happens that these design communities, or at least the well-known ones, are invite only. This is obviously to prevent random1 people from joining and hurting the quality of the overall community.
Of course, people always want what they can’t have, and it seems that the more “elite” the community is, the more people want to join. However, there is a right way and a wrong way of going about to get an invite:
The right way:
- Showoff your talent! Create a portfolio (if you don’t have one yet) to showcase your best work!
- Add yourself to the prospect list. Most communities have this as a way for members to more easily invite people.
- Continue to improve your work, people will notice.
The wrong way:
- Mass following people in Dribbble just so you get to the top of the Prospects page.
- Asking people all over Twitter if they have invites for you. Desperate much?
- Having no talent, and not bothering to improve yourself
Seriously, if you have time to spam follow and beg people for invites, why not take the time to actually improve your portfolio? Did it ever occur to you that maybe the reason why you still haven’t been invited is because you’re actually not that good2? I took a look at the people who are guilty of doing it all the wrong way, and surprise surprise! Their work is mediocre at best, but usually it just sucks. There’s nothing wrong with not being good, because we all have to start at some point. But when you start being loud and larry about it, then that’s just obnoxious.
Good luck trying to get an invite.
Being snowed in at my apartment at school was fun for the first few days, but this is getting kind of ridiculous, and I’m starting to get bored. Not in the sense that I miss classes (God forbid, I rejoice in the fact that I get a break from 21 credits), but I miss seeing other people asides from my roomies. So being bored as I am, I happened across this article: Top 10 Reasons Why Mac Sucks. Being a Mac-lover, I was intrigued and read it in hopes of being enlightened.
UM, NO. the only thing I was enlightened with after reading the article was how such an ignorant person could end up as a writer for CollegeTimes. I seriously thought this article was a joke or spoof of some sort, until I read the author’s comments. Forget the fact that I’m as Pro-Mac as they go, the article just makes PC users look bad, as if they had to sink to such low arguments to attack Mac-fans. Seriously? Talking smack about Mac users by calling us “wannabes” was the #1 reason why Mac sucks? This article is the epitome of how you should NOT build your argument.
I then happened across another article, this time with 65 reasons why Mac sucks (damn, I have a hard time coming up with even 3 reasons). Instead of gnashing my teeth like I did the previous one, I actually found myself nodding occasionally as I read it. Instead of being written by what may as well be a whiny 5-year old who probably used nothing newer than the iMac, it was actually written with legit unbiased facts, backed by actual usage on an UPDATED machine. No bashing, no whining. Now THIS is how you should build your arguments.