Firstly, I’ve never understood the purpose of a Union. This stupidity between the Communication Workers of America and Verizon has pushed me over the edge to a level of rage I never thought I could attain. The more I think about it, the more it enrages me. If I understand correctly, a Union is passed off as an organization that protects the American Worker. What a load of crap! Here’s why I say that:
Tuesday August 9th at 9am EST, all of the 757 area code dropped for internet access for those using connectivity with Verizon. It turns out that this outage may have been on purpose and was not the only outage on the east coast. For nearly 12 hours, I get back to back angry phone calls because my small internet service that I work for, uses Verizon to deliver last mile connectivity to the majority of our customers. Home and Business customers alike. As if taking calls from the socially inept isn’t bad enough because they can’t get on with their lives without Facebook or Twitter; I’ve also have business customers, who don’t have redundancy (for whatever reason they chose not too) and depend on the internet to take orders and payments crawling up my behind as if it’s somehow my fault they can’t get online.
So now I’m thinking that if this in fact was on purpose, to somehow urge Verizon to give in to a deal with the CWA because they now need the workers to restore connectivity… How childish can they be? Interrupting services to millions of customers causing them to cancel service with Verizon (and worse, small businesses like the one I work for as well), causing absolute mayhem to thousands of “American Workers” both in my business and the others that were affected by this outage.
So what a Union really does apparently, is protect the Union Member and screws the “American Worker” over. Because I can’t honestly see how they intend to make any headway if they do things like drive customers away from Verizon. This simply means there won’t be any work for the CWA Union Members to return too. Even if they didn’t cause the outages, all they are doing is delaying any trouble tickets we open for customers that are disconnected from the Verizon service for whatever reason. (ie. Cable Cuts, Cross Connect, etc…) So there is little to no one to work these tickets. Causing the same effect when we have to tell customers, “I’m sorry, but Verizon is on strike. There is no one to correct your issue.”.
Further more, in an economy where I know I’m thankful to even have a full time job. Verizon employees are crying about not getting paid enough or don’t have enough benefits. I’ve even heard one Verizon tech tell a co-worker of mine, “I’m on vacation.”, referring to the current strike. What a bunch of bologna! I’m struggling to keep customers happy on my current wage praying that I don’t get laid off because customers are leaving in anger over something I have no control over. While Verizon techs are “on vacation” while waiting for their pathetic demands to be met.
Apparently for a multitude of people on this planet, they cannot live without internet. It’s their life. It’s their lifeline, it’s what they wake up for, it’s what drives them to continue to live. Without it they would wither and die.
I work for an Internet Service. I create and update websites for loads of people. I make sure they can access the net, so they can email, update their facebook and twitter. When I come home, it’s my entertainment for my online games, my communication with my friends and family. It powers my telephone, my movies and TV viewing. I do just about everything online except clothes/food shopping and paying some bills can’t be done online for whatever reason.
I would go out with my family. I’d call my friends on my cellphone, or perhaps and browse through a magazine. Go visit people and family I know. Head out to the beach. Go on a long needed vacation. Nothing in my internet filled life is contingent upon having a connection to the world 24/7.
Yet not a week goes by without someone calling all up in arms because something has happened. (i.e. Tree fall, storm, disconnected phone service and the list goes on…) And these people get told by the phone company or other contractor they won’t get connection restored for 1-2 weeks. Then they call me and I hear these words… “I can’t be without internet that long!”
Wow, how pathetic are these people?!? They can’t live life without internet? It’s their only way to communicate? Many of which lived before internet was even possible. How did they get along without it?
It’s no wonder I suffer from Dumasaphobia…
That would’ve been nice to hear ahead of time, but alas, no one knew it was coming.
Around 10pm, the wife and I were settling in for the night, watching some Doctor Who on Netflix (my boys in the homeland of the U.K. have all the good shows!) over the wireless to our bedroom PC, a loud smash and total darkness and silence. At first I thought it was a lightening strike but then realized there was no bad weather at that time. I then quickly realized a tree had fallen.
Turns out it was a dead tree in our neighbors yard that had finally fallen over in the mild wind. It closely came across the front of our house causing minor damage to the porch and ripping out the supporting eye bolt attached to the side of the house and removed a small section of siding.
Almost instantly neighbors on both sides had come to see if we were alright. And offering help any way they could. One is a nice contractor the other is a landscaper. The landscaper called the power company immediately and they were on the scene within minutes and had our power restored around midnight. He also offered up to cut up the tree and remove it. The contractor offered up to help repair the damage and re-affix the eye-bolt so the power company can re-secure the electrical connection. (yikes too many hyphens!) I’ve got some great neighbors on either side of me which in and of itself is a miracle considering the neighborhood I live in. Bless the good ones
Sadly the power went out again just about 8am today and wasn’t restored until after noon. Too bad we can’t fix anything today, it’s too rainy and wet.
Due to some heavy weather activity in Illinois, T Y R E L’s internet is down and may possibly be down for several days as the source location has been heavily damaged. Please DO NOT PANIC, T Y R E L and family are fine and well several miles away. Though, if you must panic, please call his Mother, as I’m sure that is what TxDragon would do in such a case