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  • Writer's pictureElijah Ricks

Never Fails

So it was the first week of school, right? In case you didn’t know, that also means that it’s the worst week of the year. All of these things that could go wrong wait around for a while until the first week of school, and then they pounce on you! Monday was pretty good – met some more classmates, met the professor with whom I’ll be doing research, etc. Tuesday I woke up feeling really achy, knowing I was probably coming down with something. Not wanting to miss my first class and leave an everlasting impression, however, I went to school to tough it out through the 2 and a half hour class. By the end of the class, I knew I was in trouble. I stood up to leave and while walking through the hall, I got way dizzy and felt like I had been running at full speed for the entire class. I opted to go home for the rest of the day. The problem with that is that I already had a ton of reading to catch up on and I instead spent the rest of the day on the couch watching shows like American Justice and Cold Case Files. I had a fever of 101.3 and couldn’t do much of anything. Kira took excellent care of me – making me soup, taking care of Avey by herself, checking my temperature, telling me it was okay to rest, etc. Wednesday, I was feeling much better, but still very tired. I went to class and did some of the other reading to get more caught up. Thursday was probably worse than a fever. It was the day we were to get our Internet set up; our modem arrived in the mail and there was an instruction sheet telling me to first call Comcast. This is where everything went horribly wrong. To make a ridiculously long story painfully short, after being transferred about 9 times, waiting on hold for a total of over 2 hours, making a trip to the local Comcast store, waiting in their line for a good half hour, going back home, and calling Comcast again to wait 20 minutes just to be transferred yet again and be told that I was not eligible for the price I had agreed to (“Oh, it’s in the fine print.”), I have decided never ever to attempt to do business with that company again. Comcast is now on my blacklist, right below Wells Fargo (that’s a story for another time). So the inevitable consequence of that is that we still do not have Internet in our home. We feel cut off from the world in a very strange way. I at least get it at school, but poor Kira can’t even check her email or the weather. I set something up with another company, though, and this should have us set up by the end of this week. Keep your fingers crossed and maybe I can get some adorable pictures up. In the meantime, this week ought to be much better. For starters, I don’t have classes today or Tuesday! I love Labor Day!

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