IT’S A SERIES OF TUBES

Here in Utah we have Baja Broadband for our internet and cable service.  It’s not like you have a big choice.  Last night around midnight we had a power outage for a couple of seconds.  It was enough to screw up the internet service today.  All day long we have been obsessively checking to see whether we are back on line.  Finally this afternoon service was restored.  What did we do before we had internet?  I guess we had to talk to people face to face or on the phone (shudder) and we had to wait for the newspaper to find out what the sports scores, stock market prices and news stories were.  I bet we had to walk outdoors to discover the temperature!

Even though we are in the same house, John and I often send each other emails.  I am trying to talk him into instant messaging but so far he is resistant.   So you can see that having the internet working is really important to us.

We called Baja Broadband this morning to report the outage and find out what was happening.  They told us the system would be down for several hours while they waited for a spare part.  If one is to believe the esteemed Senator from Alaska, they must have been waiting for a replacement tube.

IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, PAT YOUR WALLET

I’ve had an article in my inbox for over a month now.  I had been thinking about writing some blog entry about it.  But with all the happy babyness of the last  month, I haven’t really had a chance to sit down and think about news and the times that we live in.  Jon, Ryan and Nathan have moved into their new house and John and I have taken a short sojourn to Utah so I guess I ought to get back to talking about issues and such.
 
AP ran a poll of young people ages 13 to 23 concerning what made them happiest.  It seems that money is nowhere near the top of the list.  Most of them cited friends and families, God, pets and pastimes as the things that made them happiest.
 
However, even though having money did not make them happiest, it did make them pretty unhappy when they didn’t have it.  Not surprisingly as the respondents got older, more cited lack of money as a chief concern.  African-Americans followed by Hispanics worried about it more than whites.  And, here in the “duh” category, young people from the highest-income families are happier with life overall than those in lower income brackets.
 
So if you’ve got it you’re happy and if you don’t you’re not. I think that what the poll shows is that admitting that money makes you happy is in bad taste.