09 April 2009 ~ 9 Comments

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

The alarm on my phone buzzed me out of bed at 6:30 a.m.  I noticed briefly that I had no cell service. 
I have T-Mobile.
Didn’t think much of it.

Shortly thereafter, the bedroom door swings open.
Pitter patter of little 2 and a half year old feet enters the room.
I get up.  Toast is made and cartoons are on.
I go to check my email.  Can’t connect to the internet.
We regularly have issues with our web at home, too.  Although slightly frustrated, I get my stuff together and head out to meet Ryan at Bad Ass Coffee.
At least I can get my emails when I get there.

I groggily walk in to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Ryan’s at the counter and I tell him I’ve got it covered this morning.
The credit card machine isn’t working.
She (the barista) informs me that their connection for cards is down, as is the internet, and both the barista’s phones have not had service, at home or there.
Now I’m trippin out.
Ryan and I don’t have service either.

She has some random cell provider.
The other guy has Verizon.
Ryan has AT&T.
I have T-Mobile.
And they’re all out?
How does this happen?!?

I must watch too much 24.  My first response…
I tell our barista this must be a terrorist attack.  They’ve hit us where they knew it would hurt.
She hears on the radio it’s a communication breakdown in Santa Cruz County.
I imagine some ominous voice on the phone with Barack,
“See what’s happening in Santa Cruz?  If you don’t give in to our demands, we’ll hit a bigger area.  Mass hysteria will break loose.  You have 45 minutes.”
(Of course this was at 7:15 because big events always happen on the hour on 24.)

OK.  Perhaps a bit of an overstatement.  But it made me think.
We rarely even leave the ringer on for our home phone.  We have all become pretty reliant on technology.  In a way, it was a bit scary to me that I had no way to really contact Rachel.
If you’re reading this, all is right again in Santa Cruz.
But it kinda made me think.

And one of the first thoughts that went through my head at the coffee counter…
“Oh man…I can’t even Twitter this!”

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