AT&T Hostage

Shamefully it has now been a week since I have been on two wheels.

This morning I am a hostage to AT&T. You’ll understand why in a minute, but as of now I am forced to wait from “8:30-12:30” for a technician to arrive to start performing analysis on my U-Verse setup.

The Power Of The Storm
I met up with (former) boss Hank, as well as his nephew who is in town this weekend, at Lucky’s in Brookhaven at 5pm yesterday.

Lucky’s was a convenient meet up spot as I had been to Dunwoody for lunch, and then shopped Costco in Brookhaven, before spending some time at the Brookhaven library.

Nowhere in any of the weather forecasts did I see the potential for the torrential rain, pea-sized hail, and extremely high winds that plagued Brookhaven for over an hour yesterday. The lightning was so close that you’d see the flash and then immediately hear the thunder! Things got so bad that the entire shopping plaza in which Lucky’s is located lost power for at least two hours. We were asked to leave at 7:30pm because they were closing at 8:00pm with no firm commitment for when their power was going to be restored.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Raindrops On A Slide” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
Raindrops On A Slide
Taken after a strong, but not nearly as disruptive storm on Tuesday.

In case you didn’t know, I love taken photos of water droplets.

The Extended Power Of The Storm?
It wasn’t but a few blocks away that I encountered electricity again, thankfully, since the thought of all traffic lights between Brookhaven and East Atlanta being out made me rather nervous.

Having not eaten dinner, Lucky’s had no way to cook food without electricity, I stopped into Fellini’s Pizza in Candler Park for a salad, slice, and Coke.

I returned home to find that I had no internet nor the ability to make a phone call using AT&T’s U-Verse phone service. I did all the standard tricks of rebooting the modem, reseating cables, whatever, but nothing fixed the problem. With no phone service I tried multiple times to call using my cell phone, but AT&T’s cell service is so spotty in East Atlanta that my calls from the basement were routinely dropped.

I was able to call from the main floor of the house this morning, and hence I am now a hostage to AT&T until they arrive. The better not try to tell me that there is a problem inside the house, though if they want to give me a new modem for free I would be okay with that.

Weekend Plans?
Tomorrow is the East Atlanta Criterium. The EAV Crit is also known to me as the event three years ago during which I met someone who was willing to go out on a date with me, two dates actually, before she told me that I was not “it”. I have not had the good fortune of going out on a date since… I am assuming that if the weather agrees that I will attend.

Sunday is a Black Sheep day, though I admit being fearful of the prediction of “90% chance of thunderstorms” that I am seeing. Keep in mind that it was an August Sunday in which lighting struck near the pack during to On-In and scared the shit out of them. So, I am a tentative participant…

Have a great weekend friends! Perhaps I will see some of you out and about.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to AT&T Hostage

  1. steve says:

    I like that you like to take pictures of droplets, but I think you need to get much closer.

    Since Debbie and her friend were in Aiken yesterday not buying a horse, I went to work from home around lunch. Zelda continues to be a PITA, as only “went” on the leash late yesterday evening. That did not preclude her from using her normal spot in our closet after we had turned off the lights last night!! That got her accommodations in the 3×4 Hilton for the night, where I believe she was quiet for the night.

    My plans for Wheelhopping Sunday have been spoiled. My brother-in-law’s father passed away yesterday after an extended illness and the gathering will be Sunday afternoon. A very nice gentleman I enjoyed seeing at family get togethers.

    Have a great weekend!


  2. Sorry To hear about you brother-in-law’s father.

  3. Barb says:

    Not sure what’s all on the agenda this weekend – considering Pine Lake tomorrow, its up in the Perimeter Mall area – flashlights mandatory.

    If I can get myself to drive to Newnan, I am think Blacksheep would be fun. Wheelhopper starts extra early, in case people want to do both trails, not sure I can get there in time, as I have to work Sunday morning.

    We got just a few sprinkles of rain last night – my grass really needs some water, hopefully today’s storms will be up this way.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Sounds as if the lads intend to use the tunnels under Perimeter Mall and near my (former) office. If not for the EAV Crit I would consider running their trail.

  5. steve says:

    And the crit doesn’t start until 1PM I believe, and goes into the evening. Sunday will be the Grant Park Crit. A good weekend to get your bike race on.

    And could someone please tell Ryan Lochte to fess up, fly back to Rio and apologize? Idiot.

  6. Correct, Steve. Grant Park’s Crit on Sunday starts earlier, 10am I believe.

    Apparently Lochte never took an ethics class at UF.

    Looks as if AT&T plans to use the second half of my service window as no one has arrived yet.

  7. Stacy says:

    Thanks to all who wished me birthday wishes here yesterday! I just caught up today. 🙂 It was a good if not entirely eventful kind of day.

    This weekend involves brunch at Venkman’s (highly recommend if y’all haven’t been over there yet) and then Yacht Rock Revival at Park Tavern Saturday night. Yacht Rock Review! Juice Newton! Matthew Wilder! Player! Omg I’ll be in late 70s-early 80s heaven.

    Sunday will probably be laying around recovering from it. I’ve learned I’m so not as young as I used to be.

  8. Barb says:

    Ryan Lochte is an idiot – he had a reality show that really showed how stupid he is. It totally doesn’t surprise me, but when all 4 are idiots like that- that was sort of shocking.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Modem swap and I am back on the internet via U-Verse!

  10. steve says:

    And the world rejoices. I saw a commercial on the Olympics coverage about a family out of internet service for 17 minutes, and a guy hangs out the upstairs window shouting ” Hey internet, I’m right here!!” and fires a flare gun! Cracked me up.

  11. I guess that I should have tried that. The technician did tell me that he’s having a busy day thanks to last night’s weather.

  12. Al says:

    Paul, what an evocative picture. Love the composition and the sky’s reflection. Well done!

  13. Al says:

    Photo is now my phone’s wallpaper.

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