At 11.30 yesterday morning I wrote: "The use of regular landlines, emails and snail mail (and this blog) still work fine for me."
In the evening I discovered that my telephone was dead, deceased, non-functional and bloody useless. It took an early morning visit to the local Telkom office and half a dozen phone calls from a Wartel
(Abb. Warung Telpon
= phone centre) and more patience than I usually have before two engineers drove up on their moped.
Within five minutes they'd changed a bit of old frayed cable and now my lines of communication are open. This is one result.
Another is the following email offering seasonal greetings:To INDOSATM2 Customers
All Management and staff INDOSATM2 would like to wish you:
Happy Festive Holiday Iedul Fitri 1426 H May Forgiveness Blessed To Us All
Thanking you for the opportunity to provide service and assistant. We are truly appreciating your confidence in using INDOSATM2 Services.
Attempting to continually improving and deliver the best service, we are glad to inform you that starting today, November 1, 2005 you will be enjoying our integrated mail service with mailbox capacity up to 100 MB - spam and virus free.
To be able to enjoy this facility, neither needs you to change nor set up anything, either to your connection or your mail; you are even able to sending and receiving email as usual.
Thank you for your kind attention.
Manager Customer Service
But I still can't get through to their Call Center regarding their uncalledfor bill.
Oh, and I still have spam.
Anyway, enough of this personal trivia.
In this holiday season you may wish to be charitable. I'd like to suggest you support the Gum Wrapper Man
, current record holder of the world's longest gum wrapper chain
, who is doing his best to clear up some of the world's litter, though I haven't a clue why.
Finally, I wish all my Indonesian readers Selamat Idul Fitri
and if I have unknowingly upset you then I must also say Mohon ma'af lahir dan batin
which roughly means 'sorry for what I've done to you in the past year and I beg forgiveness for what I'm going to do to you before the next Idul Fitri'.
However, if my truth has
hurt anyone, then I suggest you corrupt bastards take it like real men (or women).