Everything Is Fine, Mostly

It’s probably not worth mentioning (how’s that for an opening phrase?), but I managed to fix the broken stuff on the English Rules site within a half hour of sending out the entry with the exaggerated title. So, carry on as usual.

Still, I’m wondering if anyone else gets the same feeling that I do sometimes — that everything in your life that can break is broken. The other day my espresso machine stopped working for about the tenth time in recent months after nine, seemingly successful, repairs. Later the same day I found out that a little tooltip plugin that I wrote for web sites had a serious bug in it. When I tried to brush my teeth that evening, my fancy toothbrush was missing one of its magnets, rendering it useless. And I was brushing my teeth in our tiny closet of a bathroom because our main bathroom was torn down to its bare bones after we had discovered that the little grout problem was just one symptom of the overall shoddy work the previous owners had done on the room.

That was a fun day. It reminds me of the time last summer when I decided to save money by switching our cable internet access to DSL and changing both land-line and cell-phone carriers. The DSL connection was terrible, so I had to switch back and then fight the DSL provider for a couple months before they gave me my money back. The land-line phone carrier ended up costing more, though I did get the call waiting upgrade, which I usually ignore. The cell phone service was so wretched that I had to switch to yet another carrier — which was $10/month more expensive than the original — within my 30-day grace period.

Sometimes the rustic life doesn’t sound so bad.

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