A State of Bliss – Aug. 24, 2021

Namaste, yo

I found myself tonight in a state somewhere between awake and asleep, lying on a yoga mat with 40 pounds of sandbags on my shoulders and chest in a dimly lit studio as soft music tinged by rain sounds caressed my ears. I love this state, and I’ve only found it through meditation and yoga nidra. Simply put, I love my little yoga studio and have a deep appreciation for Crystal, my yoga instructor, a slight, extremely long-haired Hippie who was born a half-century too late. As I’ve gone on this journey of reclaiming my health to address the ravages of Longhaul COVID and insomnia, my weekly restorative yoga and/or yoga nidra times have become a highlight, a time away from the overwhelming stress that has filled our lives since November. The big change, though, came when I started taking what I was learning and experiencing there with me wherever I went. An hour-and-a-half a week is good. But a life of Zen? It’s a worthy goal and a great path on which to be.


You Really Wanna Know What I Think?

… Which isn’t to say I’m Zen all the time. Not even close. Something-something-something about the journey, not the destination. I have been at war with CenturyLink for about a month. Now, let me state this clearly: I am not a Karen. I take poor service in stride (most of the time) and understand that companies are stretched thin right about now with the worker shortage.

But.

CenturyLink had two opportunities to provide even poor customer service and failed to reach that low bar. The “really bad” experience was trying to get internet service at my new house in a reasonable amount of time. I’ve worked in the industry. I know how it works. Once the equipment is at a location both inside and out (which it was), all you have to do is push a button from the office to turn on the service. I was told repeatedly a technician had to come out to do something at the box, though no one could tell me exactly what that was. That’s patently false. OK. Fine. Then there’s the “oh my God, you’re kidding me” experience. Wifey-Poo and I were trying to get my mother-in-law’s number transferred from her old home to her new home. Not a crazy request, right? We talked with no fewer than eight people, none of whom had a clue what they were doing nor the authority to actually solve the problem. They were rude and incompetent and, at one point, transferred us to a random outside apartment complex instead of the repair department actually inside CenturyLink.

And so it was probably a bad idea for them to send me a survey asking about my experiences with the company. I am under no illusion that anything I told them will cause change. A simple Google search will show you how bad other people have been treated by them. But it was cathartic to let them know that I would be raising a glass when I learn at some point in the future of their bankruptcy.

Oh, and if you’re ever at my house and want to get on my WiFi, my network shouldn’t be hard to find. It’s called “CenturyLinkSucks.”


The ‘Don’t Blame Me, I Didn’t Say It’ of the Day

‘Herschel Walker understands the predicament our country is now in and the importance of those who love this country to step forward and do what it takes to save it.’

Randy Evans, Georgia lawyer and former U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg in the Trump administration

Trumpeteer and former beast running back Herschel Walker is running for one of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats. For the record, Walker has a history with women that isn’t exactly kind, lied about his company’s revenue and workforce and, until recently, lived in Texas. Should fit in quite well in Washington.


A Hot Market

Old House officially goes on the market today. It’s been in “Pre-Market” since Monday. I’m not really sure what the difference is. Pretty much nothing changes today. The house has been on the Internet and available for showings — and actually has been showed multiple times. We currently have 11 showings scheduled and have in hand one actual offer for way above our list price. The deadline for offers is 8 p.m. Sunday. This is an insane seller’s market. Wanna have some fun? Find out what your home is worth, even if you’re not considering selling. It might be fun to imaging how much money you could have stuffed in your pockets.


Today’s Reasons to Keep Living

  1. Yoga
  2. The different voices in the Waze map app
  3. Far-away lightning bouncing around in the sky

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