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Doubleheader: double frustration, double pleasure

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

I will begin by telling the whole world how horrible Airimba Wireless is. My apartment complex is supposed to have Airimba Wirless, so that I can access the internet etc from my new apartment. Its been over three weeks now, and I still can't log on... anybody else want to chime in. I'm thinking of starting an Airimba bashing webpage.

OK, I got that out of my system. I never realized just how much I needed the internet at my apartment until the past three weeks. I can't even check my email, much less make use of my Total Access subscription to watch/listen to Cubs games, or update this page. I am currently working in the computer lab, and probably won't have time again till this Saturday.

I went home last weekend, specifically to make it to a Cubs game. I bought tickets about two months ago to the only September Friday afternoon homegame of the year, and thus got to watch my first game of the year that didn't involve standing in line at Wrigley when the ticket office opened, and standing throughout the game.

As my extraordinary luck would have it, Friday's game turned into a doubleheader thanks to Hurricane Frances, which sent the Marlins on a long road trip.

The first game was the most frustrating game I have seen all year, in person, or on TV, or on the radio, or on the internet (that covers about 100 of the 130 played so far... which is low by my standards.) Carl Pavano shut down the Cubs, making their bats look impotent, and their fielding appear atrocious. Ramon Martinez, who started in place of Aramis Ramirez for some unknown reason committed two consecutive errors in the third inning, allowing two unearned runs. Sammy Sosa made an error in the fourth, that didn't lead to a run being scored, but set the tone for the 6th inning.

The 6th inning of Friday's first game was possibly the worst inning since last October against the Fish. With the game still winnable (score was 3-0), Woody got Paul Lo Duca to pop up. There were two outs, and it looked like Wood had stranded men at 2nd and 3rd. Only, Sammy Sosa comes running in on a ball that was Corey Patterson's the whole way. He called off Corey, and then ducked out of the way as if to avoid a collision. Unforgivably, Sosa was not given an error on the play, and another three runs scored during the inning. When the dust finally settled, the Cubs were down 6-0, 5 of which should have been unearned... and Carl Pavano was mowing down the offense.

Following the top of the 6th, Wrigley Field was full of 38,992 poison spewing fans. Sammy Sosa got a booing I hope he never forgets. Ramon Martinez is lucky to have escaped alive, and the Cubs took the loss with barely a fight.

Luckily, Dusty Baker apparently told his team how disgraceful they were between games, because the second game was a pleasant 11-2 whipping of the Fish. Granted, we were teeing off against Logan Kensing, an A ball pitcher who had been sitting on his couch for a week before being told to report to the big league club. Still, the Cubs came out and won the game on what turned out to be a pleasant September evening.

Other than the game 2 win last Friday, the only good thing to come out of Game 1 was that I have finally stopped expecting this team to win. The loss in Game 1 was so horrendous, that I don't think our team is a playoff caliber team, and so I will just sit back the rest of the season... enjoying wins, and saying... "I told you so" on the losses.

Please don't get me wrong: I am not jumping off the bandwagon. I haven't stopped rooting for the Cubs, I don't want losses... I just don't expect the Cubs to make the playoffs. It would be cool if they did, but I won't be astonished if they don't. This team just hasn't clicked.

Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
Trust me, losing isn't lovable
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
Trust me, losing isn't lovable
Trust me, losing isn't lovable
Posted by Byron at September 14, 2004 5:33 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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Airimba wireless has serious issues.
It goes down a lot. Sometimes its down 30% of the time. Sometimes its down 70% of the time.

Everytime I email tech-support, they say "Its working." Often, they will fix it after I inform them its down, but will do nothing until then, but they will never admit it is down - which is really lame. How about a "Oh, I'm sorry you had to go w/out the internet. Its really not your fault. Its our machines. They need to be upgraded and fixed. Everyone in your apartment complex is complaining about the same thing. Here, I'll refund you your last bill and fix the problem permanently this time." That would be much better.

I cannot connect to soulseek or Ares. I dont know why, but I suspect the ports are being blocked.

I believe they are currently charging $10/mo cheaper than what I'm paying, for the same plan.

One of the techy phone-support people talks like Agent Smith, from the Matrix - which is kinda cool actually. Their tech support seem concerned, but the problem is probably their "equptment needs to be manually reset 90% of the time.

Yet still I use it..

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