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As I Like It

  • 18th Apr, 2005 at 6:41 PM

I have to admit that I hate talking to people. Not because I hate people, no no no no no. I love people. I think humanity is precious and beautiful and wonderful, even if it consists mostly of the unwashed masses. No, I hate talking to people because I am incredibly introverted.

I have to admit that I hate talking to people even more, when I do it through a telephone. Not only does my introversion work against me here, but talking to people over the telephone usually means that I'm dealing with something unpleasant. And so this association strikes a Pavlovian chord within me, and I have to do all that I can to stop myself from slamming down the receiver and curling up in the fœtal position.

Because I am moving, I am forced to deal with people. I know they probably don't like speaking to irate customers, so I try to be as pleasant as possible, despite the building panic that works its way up my throat. I have just gotten off the phone with Bell Canada, Bell Sympatico, Hydro Québec, and Gaz Métro. Then, just for good measure, I had to call Les Suites Ottawa to book a hotel room.

By the time I was done, I was a quivering mess. But I'm pretty sure that I have everything arranged. In a perfect world, this would go off smoothly and I wouldn't notice any inconveniences. However, that would be shocking and surprising. This means that on 30 April, I shall be sans phone, sans Internet, sans power, sans gas, sans everything.


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whynotsteve
18th Apr, 2005 22:16 (UTC)
I totally sympathize. I hate talking on the phone, especially to people I don't know, like you had to today. Hope the move goes well.
radhardened
18th Apr, 2005 22:26 (UTC)
I sympathize too. I think I'm much worse with people I know than with customer service drones, though.
pphaneuf
18th Apr, 2005 22:57 (UTC)
My phone rang today. It was interesting. No, I did not answer.

Stupid Bell who won't give me just a pair of twisted copper wires going to my place. No, I also have to have the stupid device from hell. Well, no I don't have to, but I feel stupid paying for the service and having no phone hooked up. I use it for outgoing calls sometimes, instead of my cell.

Sshh, don't tell anyone, but the VoIP phone on my desk is not configured... ;-)
sfllaw
18th Apr, 2005 23:03 (UTC)
You know, they have been told by the CRTC that they have to sell bare copper now. So you can get DSL without having a phone line by the end of this month.
pphaneuf
18th Apr, 2005 23:05 (UTC)
Ohh, I like that a LOT!
peaceful_dragon
18th Apr, 2005 23:44 (UTC)
Really? That's great news. I'll have to look into that!
elliptic_curve
18th Apr, 2005 23:44 (UTC)
Yay! I'm so proud of you!

Now you should have something tasty to eat.
sfllaw
19th Apr, 2005 00:57 (UTC)
Oh no. I must consume as much of the contents of my freezer as possible.
cpirate
19th Apr, 2005 01:28 (UTC)
I also had to call a bunch of random people today, except in French. It was exhausting. Then I had to go and meet one of these people, and continue to converse in French. Gah! Too much human contact! Save me, Interweb!
thebabynancy
19th Apr, 2005 02:05 (UTC)
Sympatico...? Pourquoi?
sfllaw
19th Apr, 2005 02:10 (UTC)
Laziness on my part.

I suppose a better thing to do is poll around to find out which DSL provider is best, eh?
thebabynancy
19th Apr, 2005 02:32 (UTC)
Wiznet, which is Magma, which is Primus... static IP... all good.


Coombs, Pion, and the six foot five frenchman, as well as Stirling are ALL on it. No complaints.


:) Nancy
pphaneuf
19th Apr, 2005 02:12 (UTC)
Well, you know, he's also not only a Debian user, but a developer. He's obviously into pain. And having his mail delivered a week late. Or something.
sfllaw
19th Apr, 2005 02:18 (UTC)
I'll have you know that all my mail gets delivered to a server sitting in a basement in Toronto.

Hooked up to a Roger's cable connexion.

So I'm into more pain than you thought. But at least my e-mail gets delivered quickly.
pphaneuf
19th Apr, 2005 02:23 (UTC)
I'm talking about the email you send. Because they force you to either use their stupid SMTP server (which can delay your outgoing email horribly, once in a while) or figure out a way around it (in which case, even more pain).

Sympatico is all about pain.
sfllaw
19th Apr, 2005 02:25 (UTC)
All of my e-mail is also sent from a machine in a basement in Toronto.

They haven't yet blocked SSH.
pphaneuf
19th Apr, 2005 02:32 (UTC)
I really wonder why you want/need large screen'd machines if all you're using them for is SSHing? Me, I try to live in the 21st century, 'cause, well, that's where I am. ;-)
sfllaw
19th Apr, 2005 02:39 (UTC)
Answer: window tiling without having to use the pain that is ion.

And I don't particularly see you using 21st century technology, Mr. WindowMaker and XTerms. At least I have anti-aliased fonts.
pphaneuf
19th Apr, 2005 02:44 (UTC)
Meh, tiling one window is such an intractable problem, I gave up long ago. Sometimes, I have two, so when I look for something, I go "oh, must be on the other one" and hit Alt-Tab. ;-)

I so have them antialiased fonts! Except in my xterms, but my font is so large that it doesn't do anything. :-)

And NeXTStep is the innovation from 15 years ago, instead of the innovation from 30 years ago, obviously the wave of the future! Just ask Apple!
thebabynancy
19th Apr, 2005 02:31 (UTC)
I knew he was a Masochist from the get-go. He gives off that kinda vibe.


:) Nancy
sfllaw
19th Apr, 2005 03:51 (UTC)
Really?
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