I severed my phone line. Yes I did. I chopped it down and threw away the cord. Why? Because the last business that occupied my space was a telemarketing company. There were wires everywhere! Climbing up the walls and out of mouse holes. Hanging everywhere like cobwebs.
I went crazy and sliced them all down. I filled the small dumpster out back with gobs of unused cables.
When I was done, I trudged back into my office like the little soldier that I am and glanced at my office phone. NO LINE shown on its display.
“Shit. Oh no come on. Shit!”
I sat and I pouted. Too tired and defeated to move. Too depressed, too overcome with debt, with doubt, with overwhelm.
“What am I even doing here.”
I went home and slept. I slept until I woke up today at noon. Still tired, still without energy. And I called the phone company. AT&T.
I hate automated answering services.
“This is an automated service. You can talk to me like a real person. Please state your problem.”
Me – “I want to talk to a real person.”
“You can talk to me just like a real person. Please state your problem.”
After about an hour of getting transferred to talk to more robots, and getting hung up on because – “We’re sorry we’re having trouble understanding you. Please try again later,” I finally been directed to a live person.
Live person – “That number shows up as SNET New England. It’s different from us.”
Me – “Okay, so I’m not with AT&T then?”
Live person – “It says here you’re with SNET, sorry. I can’t help you.”
And I was at ground zero again. This time worse than before. All the SNET websites out there directed me to AT&T. They directed me to the same number as before.
And so I called the same number as I did five times previous and got the same talking robot that walked me through the questions I already answered numerous times before. Only this time, I answered one question differently and was directed to a live person.
I told her I severed my phone line. She told me someone will look at it tomorrow.
“Will I need to be there?”
Her – “No.”
She gave me a ticket number and ended the call.
“But it’s not outside, it’s inside. Why didn’t she ask me where the phone line was cut?”
Five minutes later another woman from AT&T called and asked me just that. Where the problem was. I explained everything.
“This is why we’re here. Don’t worry, we’ll take care of everything. The same thing happened to me actually. Someone will be there tomorrow.”
“Would you be able to have them call me before they come?”
“Thank you thank you thank you.”
She felt like an angel. An angel that came to rescue me in my darkest hour.
I had one client today at my other office. I don’t want to work anymore. I don’t want my life to be taken over with massaging people over and over again. Who in their right mind likes this? Who?
It’s 7:45PM and I should head home. It was so nice out today and I missed it. I missed it because I was on the phone with AT&T for most of the day, then had to give a massage.
Life is too short for this. It goes by way too fast. My client even told me this. She’s turning 60 and can’t get over how fast life happens.
Client – “This is sad to say, but I would’ve been happier if I never had kids.”
That comment is besides the point, but just thought I’d share. I mean shit, right?
All I need is a few more months to stabilize and everything will be okay. Just a few more months. It’ll be worth it. I’ve technically been waiting my whole life for something like this.
The thing I haven’t been waiting for? Having kids.