The Great Cable Outage of 2011

June 2, 2011

I never had cable until I moved out here to the hinterlands.  In Los Lunas, you may get telephone from Qwest and internet from Wild Blue or Dish and Television from Comcast, or you may get it all from Comcast.  Since I’m all for simplifying my life, I opted for the one stop deal.  It is less expensive than having three providers, the phone clarity has been great, and the internet is REALLY high speed — until last night.  When I got home from work around 8 pm (I’d been working on the Bulletin), the cable was out.  That meant nothing but the iPhone and the Kindle were working.  I checked on Dolly and saw she’d had eight puppies (four boys and four girls), then rolled up my sleeves and — much to the delight of the four-leggeds — ground up 29+ pounds of dog food.  We are now stocked up for a while.

The next couple of days are “Court days” and trying to finish off the ads for the Bulletin.  The weekend will be the Bulletin and herding and house work.  Next week, my Dateline interview is scheduled — I am not much of a “public face” person so am not looking forward to that.  At least the herding should result in some photos for this boring blog.


  1. Susan says:

    Looking forward to hearing how the herding goes. Let us know when the Dateline interview will be aired. I want to see that.

  2. We have had our cable through your current (non)provider for years and years.

    I can’t tell you how much I hate them. Our service doesn’t go down all the time, the way it used to, but now that they have foisted the hd boxes on us, we have continual problems with some channels not showing at all, or sound only on some channels, or………. The boxes we have to have in the house to translate the signal for the tvs go bad (we’ve replaced one of them three times now…..). (I understand why we need a box for the old tvs, but why we need one for the newer hd-ready tv, I really don’t know — seems like a scam to me, like the olden days when you had to have a box between your cable and your tv…………..)



    We have always had our landline through ATT (or whatever came after ATT, and now it’s ATT again).

    ATT never goes down. NEVER. Even during the Great Blackout, our landline phone still worked.

    We have had power outages, over the years. We have had MANY more cable outages than power outages. Our landline phone has ALWAYS worked. Always. Period. No exceptions.

    We are thinking about getting dish for tv access, but will continue to use ATT for landline and computer access. We should probably look again at ATT’s Uverse for tv, and at their bundle…. We did that some time ago, and decided against Uverse, but who knows what the package looks like now…………..

    Note that I am not all that fond of ATT, but they are RELIABLE, at least around here.

  3. Janet says:

    Is Dateline coming to your office? Who will be dog of the day??? You know they will get camera time!

  4. Taryn says:

    You must be a very high energy gal! You always have such a very full plate!

  5. Jean from NM says:

    There was the great haze yesterday too, I think from all the fires burning in these here parts. At least I had internet (via Qwest) when I got home, but nobody was talking about the haze. Good luck with the Dateline crew. What fun! Not! But let us know when it’ll air.