Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Being disconnected ..

.. can be nerve wrecking

When one is away from others and one tries to get into simple contact and that won't work because there is no connection then things can get nerve wrecking. One starts to guess what might have happened and by human nature fear the worst and even more human nature tells one that the worst is also the most probable.

Usually, things are not as bad as they seem at first glance. One should not panic and just breathe easy into the plastic bag to get the hyperventilation to subside. Get a hot cup of coffee and take a moment to be amazed by the items stuck in the vending machine. You probably did not know that these items were for sale anyway and now it's too late!

See that is what I mean: the panic has disappeared.

Anyway, what happened to me? Why this enigmatic entry? I tried to send some email to people who are affected by my previous blog entry. The mail returned without a clear error. Sending a message to my deleted mail address at a former employer eerily returned the same shady error. Were they all fired on the spot?

So, sweat breaks out. Get some coffee and tried again some time later same response. More sweat, more coffee. Even later, another try and the mail went out. Did not bounce. The relief was huge when I saw the read receipts come in. They were still alive.

Eventhough this contact is little more then pinging them it gives a valuable and much appreciated sign of live. Hey people: keep breathing, in - out, in - out, in - out, etc.