A Pause

Commentary will resume at some point soon.  Late in the afternoon of Wednesday, May 14, things went dead – the cable company that provides internet service here in Hollywood seems to have had a second major failure this month – no access to the web, thus no sense of the buzz about any big doings in the world.  Powering down the cable modem and various combinations of cold and warm reboots didn’t fix things.  A call, actually many calls, to the cable company led nowhere – the system is automated and there are no actual people there, of course.  To riff on something Gertrude Stein once said – there’s no there, there.  And the automated message was always the same – they will call, a courtesy call, when service is restored.


At midnight it will be time to give up and get some sleep.  If there is no service in the morning it will come down to breaking down the set-up in the office here and lugging the laptop and external drive around Los Angeles, trying to find a Wi-Fi hotspot that works.  The hotspots in this neighborhood are all dead – they obvious use the same cable service.


The cable company in this matter shall remain unnamed – as large corporations have lawyers who know all about libel.


UPDATE – at 11:21 PM things came up again, went down, came up again, and seem to have stabilized, for now.  Sometime tomorrow commentary will resume


About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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1 Response to A Pause

  1. kunjubi says:

    I am not gay. I do not believe in any sort of unorthodox methods of sexuality. But one thing I cannot understaand is, why people oppose those who are gay. In what way that will affect their lives, if they just keep our of the other’s privacy or way of life. That shows your intolerance to others.Why can’t they leave them alone,to find their own pleasure in the way they deem best. Why are you getting scared about them> Or are you afraid that tolerating them will make you a gay? leave them alone. Every one has a right to live the way they choose, without harming others. So let them.

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