May Day May Day May Day. M'aidez! This is not a drill. I am declaring a blog emergency – or at least another rant. I need help! As an inducement to gentle readers, I can offer pix of May Day flowers and SoS yarn.
Here's the flowers, rare yellow Clivia from the Philadelphia Flower Show. Clivias are long-lived, slow growing plants, so it's a treat to see a large specimen in flower.
Here's the rant: I just spent a longish amount of time talking to my telcom. What I thought was a simple service call has turned into a tumble down the rabbit hole. It makes little difference to the outcome, but I'm glad I asked a lot of questions.
At the moment I have no dial tone on my landline telephone, but do have DSL Internet service. That's supposed to be impossible. I'm told that if dial tone isn't restored within 48 hours, the Central Office will recognize something impossible is happening and will delete my line share, which will terminate my DSL account. I'll not only not have Internet or email, but also will lose all uploaded files, some of which are graphics that decorate this blog. Once dial tone is restored it will take about a week to establish a new line share and a new DSL account. The kicker, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, is I am paying for these services.
It would seem Doom is certain. After Doom falls, the blog will still be here, but it will look somewhat different. What to do? Scream? Cry? Rampage like I'm on Annuale? Of course not. Knitters knit on. The bright side of an Internet blackout is less time spent on Ravelry, more time spent knitting and planning knitting.
Here's the yarn: I've been thinking of a personal theme for my Summer of Socks 2008, something to do with carbon footprint reduction and stash reduction. I certainly have enough yarn already in stash to symbolize carbon footprints, yea, more than sufficient for my SoS (I'm so not a candidate for the Most Socks competition), and perhaps even enough to demonstrate over-consumption.
I'm looking forward to a season of knitting carbon footprint socks. The muted shades will provide an opportunity to explore fancy stitches and texture. Not to mention good warm handknit socks keep feet happy when the thermostat is set low.
As my Internet access goes bye-bye, let me leave you with this Fox News blooper. Fair warning: don't sip any beverages whilst reading.