Well, today (or should I say yesterday since it’s after midnight) was the best of days, yet ended with a big dose of frustration. I had the privilege of playing sax and clarinet (and even an unexpected treat of bongo drums) at the First Profession of the first member to make her profession in the new Congregation of St. Joseph, formerly 7 separate congregations that came together earlier this year. It was a wonderful celebration, and in some way softened the disappointment I feel over not being able to make the trip to Baden to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of 12 of our sisters.
Congratulations, my sisters! I was definitely with you in spirit. I hate having to make a choice not to make the trip to Baden 2 weeks in a row, especially when it means missing what was surely a great celebration and a lot of good dancing. What was I thinking??!! Choosing a meeting (next week) over a party (today). So I’m glad my sisters in Kalamazoo gave me another reason to celebrate.
So I went from witnessing an inspiring and historic event to helping some of the sisters back here in Detroit to set up their wireless router. You’d think that a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering would qualify me to do this simple job…NOT!! I’ve spent over 6 hours with little to show for it – 2 hours last Monday, and then 4 tonight. After many calls to tech support with some progress, but very little real results, I decided to call it a night and give it one more try tomorrow.
My strategy for tomorrow? Call tech support before I even try to do step 1 of the setup progress and make them stay on the phone with me until everything is working. In other words, I am going to unashamedly pretend that I DON’T have a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.
The sisters I’m helping just got Earthlink DSL, and a DLink wireless router, so if you’re reading this and have some wisdom to share, please chime in. It’s oh so strange…when I moved to my new digs in December, I just took my Belkin router and plugged in the DSL modem my housemate already had (we’re on AT&T DSL), and as I recall, turned on my laptop and was able to connect immediately without any hassle. So what I’m experiencing with this DLink router has been totally unexpected and highly frustrating, Still, I feel determined to get it working…so send some “positive brainiac energy” my way Sunday afternoon, and perhaps more important, some prayers for patience.