(PICTURE OF UNIVERSE CONNECTING EVERYWHERE)
There I was in the center of world-wide communication systems, contacting corporations, companies business, and all the people in my world and around the world–
“where is Caroline?| I asked my phone company. of where my old friend was; “You don’t have long distance anymore,” the operator drawled. ‘”why DIDN’T anyone tell me?” “:They don’t have to tell you, “she gave me a smart, giggling answer. I was screwed; Caroline’s no./ was also disconnected.It was not even long-distance no.
And the computer repairman never showed up to his appt. today with me. So I hadda type using my old fingers, arthritic or not. “Typing was my job in the 70’s,.” I said, to no one but the cat; she ignored me.
Which leads me to my subject, ofWHY MY SISTER in CA also had her phone disconnected, does not use email. And the only way you can get ahold of her, would be WESTERN UNION, (do they still have that?) or connecting with her club, online, :“San francisco Gem & Mineral Club” and leave the web people a message. saying “I would like to talk to my member-sister about becoming a long distance member, and WHAT THE HELL IS YOUR PHONE NO. NOW?–please forward this to Mary, B, and tell her she has a repentant (?) new member long distance, please phone me,. or send a carrier pidgeon, or a big,. fat OWL.
But when I do get ahold of my sister, at her club, I finally get the whole story; her phone co., the only one she could get there, was AT&T; THEY had screwed up her service, so badly,in Richmond, CA, that they cut off her land-line service.They had faithfully paid her bill,every month, and their service was SO BAD they could not figure out,WHO SHE WAS, and even how to manage their own equipment! “All this technology is too complicated, AT&A CANNOT even do a simple land-line any more! ” She complained.
All her richer friends had cell-phones, but my sister, a retired senior, living on social security, could not afford the pricey cell-phone companies.And AT&T was IT.All the many cell-phone users had managed to do this; make every single phone service SO EXPENSIVE, she could no longer afford much phone service.
The AT&T land-line in the Richmond Cou. was the bottom of the barrel; when they advanced cell-phones to such heights,so complex,and SO EXPENSIVE, the phone co.s dumped all land-lines and any plain,economical phone services!! DON’T BE POOR OR A SENIOR. You won’t be able to afford a phone!! HAW HAW~!!!
THANKS SO MUCH, AT&T for ringing my bell!! But tell me, now, that all cell-phones are so expensive, what are us poor folk, like seniors, going to do? Talk about “class-warfare”. with a capital A!! Maybe all those homies dealing dope, can afford cell-phones, fancy, ect, cause the drug-business is booming; shall I tell my poor,old retired little sister, “Go out,and push coke, and meth, so you can afford their nice cell-phones–just the only way!!”??
AHEM–WHERE IS my sisters’ president, Mr. Obama, when an old lady on dead medicare can’t even afford a stupid PHONE?? AND WHERE IS AT&T?? (OK, I GET IT,” hey, sis, I got your meth all done, get on a load, and help me deliver!!We still gotta cover the phone bill!!”)
That briefly, is it. We can talk to some idiot in france, who you don’t know, except he’s a misplaced, unhappy Arab-Muslim. Or, some communist-learning lady who does art work of her “Asian Wars fought for freedom,” wow, duh!!Or, I can use the computer to go to Alibaba.com, and get customer service the best I’ have ever had in my life.
But, unless your’e buying pearls in bulk, from Alibaba, in China, at night time,. no one is going to connect to you, and talk to you otherwise. We are in a world,. community,. town, state, and especially with our CORPORATIONS, A black-out of comunication. Corporations don’t WANT TO TALK TO YOU, so they don’t. POLAROID hates talking to ,. or being human to it’s customers. So, it floats on the web, like a big fat powerful cloud of electricity, and you can'[t talk to it.
YEAH, MAN.aLL our wonderful cell-phone-computers, tiny miniature screens, and GPS in our cars, we have managed to disconnect from our friends, workers, companies and people we are supposed to be close to. Unless you want to talk to a robot, or an emply answering machine with no answer, you are ALONE with your problems.
Unless you are one of the running young Turks running this mess, you are more disconnected from anyone, any business, or any county, town, group or individual. It is worse than it was 40 or 30 or 20 years ago. At least then, you could get someone on the fucking phone. People actutally TALKED TO EACH OTHER IN PERSON. Yes, that was the great old substitute for Texting; you saw them face to face, and you TALKED TO ANOTHER HUMAN BEING.
THIS is the price we pay, for all this wonderful technology, the web, super=phones like Dick Tracy, ect. ect. Most of us are CUT OFF FROM PEOPLE. the future where robots do everything, to talk to, is here. And, it sucks.
In spite of this wonderful blog,. I can’t talk to a single soul; my friends and loved ones get cut off; no corporation will talk to me, if its’\ American, (like AT&T,) with customer service, or anything else. I should start learning Mandarin Chinese, online so I have someone HUMAN to talk to.
(The Alibaba customer service ladies are very nice,and they all have Christian first names.You would really like them. The only catch is, she’s a sales person, not your friend,and it ends after you bought the thing you were looking for. Too bad; if looks like some of the Chinese still talk to us, or each other. In other words, they really sound and act like HUMAN BEINGS for a change.)
I want it all to go BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS, at least 30 or 40 years ago;no huge massive world communication. And, in that case, we could all start talking to HUMAN BEINGS AGAIN. Let’s hear it for the Catastrophe-Apocolypse!!! All tech stuff goes DEAD. (Speaking of the dead, when they rise, they’ll be glad all the web-tech-monster is gone out of their lives(???) too.
How would you like to be happily dead, resting so great, and suddenly God wakes you up to give you a Lecture—and it’s not even Sunday!!? Pooh to that!! Once you are dead, out of all the worlds’s troubles and pain, why the Hell would you like to wake up again??
But I will be brief; there are several ways that the wholes world communcation system could go straight to Hell; war could get more global than ever, and the major powers could all get in each other’s faces. Or, we could just keep reproducing like bunnies,and run out of food and water completely;(this probably will happen.that would really cause war.)We could also run out of OIL, and have to start using electricity, and go back to primative power sources(not likely>? or yes? Let me know)
One of the most likely things, the epidimeologists say, with more and more people living right on the ocean. for a home, we are sooner or later going to have big fat world epidemics. (They still have bad stuff stuck away in the Arab world, and of course someone is now carrying it out here to us. )How would you like to face the BLACK PLAGUE. just like the good old days???(spelling but you know what I mean._)Polio is starting to come back. (????)
A lot of the towering civilizations of corporations might wiggle, get unstable, and fall to topple over.Goverments would be in disarray;(you really believe all that stuff about “the govt. FEMA is prepared for all disasters now.”Cause I sure don;t believe it.)If any of this collapse happens , either small or large. we will probably at some point, have to start talking to each other again., You will find out who your next door neighbor is, cause it’s collapsing on her, AND you.
You’ll find out who is a member of the NRA, who goes shooting practice regularly, and who just keeps a firearm for protection from burglars.—and who hates firearms completely, and who knows how to use them, and has gone hunting. DUH!!!In Oregon, dispite the fact that the Fish and Wildlife Dept. is killing off all our cougars for their pelts, against the law,and you will find out who owns the shot guns, or rifles, and use to go hunting for deer, for“very tough deer-meat.” (Yes, I’ve had it. You really have to do a tenderizing trip on it. or don’t bother eating it. I have a metal meat mallet,and I know the chemistry of tenderizers of meat. You CAN EAT THE STUFF, if you cook it right. )
But. I digress; that would be a big blow to our world of robots, internet, web, tons of oil to run it. and dams to make electricity and our mindless communication systems that don;’t really communicate. CATASTROPHE HAPPENS. when the world gets out of balance.Other experts do say that the world is very unstable, violent, and unpredictable now, and anything BAd could eventually happen. Let’s put it this way, it is GOING TO HAPPEN at some point.
—Unless we break down all our electronic barriers, start talking to each other again, and try to communicate like human beings, not peripheral-devices. I will finally be able to talk to Caroline, and in person. My sister may wind up in the hospital, in Cali, or only phone from her club. The poor woman has no phone, her next stroke might lay her out flat,on her kitchen floor, & no way to call 911. —
(Sandraminadotty, in Eugene OR, communing with the big trees outside, near me, and envying their quiet, placid and gentle lives. I haVE heard that trees and plants talk to each other! I sure hope they don’t get into TEXTING.) 🙂