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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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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.
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.
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... ;-)
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.
18th Apr, 2005 23:05 (UTC)
Ohh, I like that a LOT!
18th Apr, 2005 23:44 (UTC)
Really? That's great news. I'll have to look into that!
18th Apr, 2005 23:44 (UTC)
Yay! I'm so proud of you!

Now you should have something tasty to eat.
19th Apr, 2005 00:57 (UTC)
Oh no. I must consume as much of the contents of my freezer as possible.
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!
19th Apr, 2005 02:05 (UTC)
Sympatico...? Pourquoi?
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ;-)
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.
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!
19th Apr, 2005 02:31 (UTC)
I knew he was a Masochist from the get-go. He gives off that kinda vibe.

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