Arrgh! Frustration. For some reason the internet at home is down…again. The family downstairs is gone so I can’t ask them to try to fix it. So I need to find internet somewhere to work. Plus, my main urgent task today is to download and open a read-only document, make some changes, and print it. The document is in a ridiculous form in which it can’t be saved with the changes I need to make. I have to complete it and send it by incredibly slow, so slow it is actually snail-like, international mail to the university. Don’t ask; university bureaucracy is absolutely asinine!
Anyway, on my numerous walks around my neighborhood, I’ve seen at least 5 or 6 internet offices, where you go and pay to use computers, the internet, printers, etc. So I set off this morning at 10:30…clearly a mistake. Apparently no one in Jordan likes to work in the mornings…so very few stores at all were open and none of the internet offices. So ½ hour trudging up and down the hills to no avail. But, the other store owners do tell me that the internet offices will open soon, like around noon or so.
On a brighter note, one guy who runs a photocopier repair store says “sure come in and use my computer and internet (his office computer not for general use), no problem, you can print whatever you like!” What a nice guy right?! How kind of him to take pity on my frustration and struggle! But alas his computer doesn’t have Microsoft word, so I can’t work on the document I need to work on.
Sigh… Meanwhile, I am trying to stay close to home. Supposedly, the phone company is going to come and install my phone today…and they claim they’re going to call when they are on their way. Well, they’ve been saying that for 10 days so I’m TRYING to be accepting that this is how things go here. The point is that I can’t head over to the University area, where I KNOW internet offices open earlier. So, I sit in my house, listen to podcasts, and try to do what little work I can without the internet (have many days of research online to do, which doesn’t work either if the web is down).
Finally, at 12:45 I decide I’ve given it enough time. Off I go, to wander the streets. This time the internet offices are still closed. Or at least the ones with printers are. I can’t tell you the number of kind store owners who offered me their computers “for a minute, if you need to check your e-mail” but that didn’t have printers! Seriously, these are some really, really nice people! One guy even came over to open the door of his large internet office, just to tell me he wasn’t going to open for another couple of hours.
So apparently, I am the only person in the country who would actually like to get some work done during working hours…oh haven’t I mentioned that? Yes, the official working hours for government, businesses etc.: 8am to 3pm. Which means that the internet offices don’t open until the businesses for which you might need to do work, are closed. How convenient! J
So that is today’s rant.
Normally it wouldn’t bother me (one of the fun things about being someplace different), but with the frustration of the non-working phone at home, and being unable to call the phone company because I can’t get online to get their number, all adding up, well, I’m having a very frustrating day!
At least my hiking up and down the hilly neighborhood is good exercise—and it’s sunny so I guess I can’t complain about that! Thank heavens for small things! J