"Molasses going Uphill on a Cold Day" - a Trip Down 8MB Memory Lane

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

Is it just me, or is anyone else experiencing 'snail-like' response time on the network lately? I ran out to mow the lawn while I was waiting for the screen to change. If this pace keeps up, I just might be able to get my 10 comments in before bedtime!

 It always amazes me how spoiled we've become with high-speed internet. I remember the days of my trusty (well, okay, NOT so trusty) HP Pavillion with it's lightning pace 75MHZ processor and whoppin' 8MB RAM!

Ah, such fond memories! Dial-up modems, boasting blazing 14.4K connections, and the joys of AO-Hell...

Interesting how our attitudes of joy or anger could be so easily influenced by hearing the words, "You've Got Mail!" or "Good-Bye!"

And if you wanted to download a file of any significant size, you would simply 'click' the download button, and head-off to bed. Hopefully, barring any disruptions to your phone signal, the file would be there to greet you over morning coffee.

 It's the same kind of annoyance we face at the fast food drive-in line. Our local Jack-in-the-Box (Gag-in-the-Bag for you purists) is the major culprit in our town. They actually have 'marked' parking spaces reserved for people who need extra time to wait while they're food is being prepared.

"Hello?!?! It's called "FAST FOOD!"

And while we're on this subject, what's up with the Express Lane at Safeway? I mean, seriously, the sign says "15 Items or Less." What part of "15" don't people understand? 15 containers of Yoplait yogurt are still 15 items! They don't count as 1! There's a reason it's called the "Express" lane!

These are probably the same people who drive 20mph down the on-ramp to get onto the freeway. At some point, you're supposed to increase your speed to merge with the flow of traffic, right?

I think the Department of Transportation should authorize one day out of the year to be "National Demolition Derby Day." Anyone on the freeway is fair game. Someone moving too slow? Just trade some paint and send them onto the shoulder. The perfect release for all that pent-up road rage!

Well, as Craig Schiller would say, ...."I digress" Maybe I should actually attempt to get some work day today.

Gee, what a concept!


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Rich Jacobson is a District Director for Fathom Realty and a licensed REALTOR®; an avid Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.


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Thomas Weiss
Thomas R. Weiss - West Palm Beach, FL


Man I feel you, it's sort of like that ole Hurry and Wait game :0)

Have a good day,

Tom Weiss

Sep 21, 2007 04:34 AM #1
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
That's okay....it gives me a reason to look at what I take forgranted and appreciate what I do have...and go get some work done. Thanks Rich... started feeling all guilty ...
Sep 21, 2007 04:34 AM #2
South Austin Real Estate Blog
Sky Realty South Austin - Austin, TX
and one of my daily affirmations I recite while stuck on the EXPRESSWAY is... I AM PATIENT WITH MYSELF AND WITH OTHERS..  did I tell you its named MoPac..but we call it MO PACKED!!!!  :))
Sep 21, 2007 04:40 AM #3
Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Rich,

How spoiled we have become....what the heck are you doing at fast food places anyway...? Okay back to work, :)

Sep 21, 2007 04:42 AM #4
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Rich, 99% true and oh so funny! (not having any trouble with the network today) I remember the days of dial up trying to get on to AOL and the busy signal, finally the WELCOME and then the unexpected GOODBYE. The 5 minutes waiting for a website to load. I don't miss it a bit! We don't have Safeway's here, I miss the deli, but not the express line! We used to have the same problem in Upstate NY at Grand Union tho... Used to get my knickers in a big time knot! 

How bout the folks on the on ramps that cut over the solid white line and not yet up to freeway speed? That's Florida style... Lets go trade some paint on the on-ramps! Yehawwwww
Sep 21, 2007 04:53 AM #5
Alan Burwell
McHugh Realtors - Sequim, WA

20 mph on the on-ramp isn't the worst.  What's worse is when that person STOPS to let the freeway traffic go by.  ARGH!!

I love the Demolition Derby idea.  I'm sure my front end will be psychadelic with all the paint trades I'd be making. :)

Sep 21, 2007 05:11 AM #6
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Me too.

I've gotten more gray hairs today.  No, they were already gray.  They're just grayer.

Gives me time to work on another post.  Gives me time to update a few pages on a web site.

Gives me time to scream.

Sep 21, 2007 05:15 AM #7
Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH

I want a Hummer to intimidate the slow drivers in the left lane - my Cherokee isn't "big" anymore!

Those semi-trucks with the big teeth on the grill are awesome! Would be great for your demolition derby.

Sep 21, 2007 05:47 AM #8
Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

VERY slow today.

I expect us to be down for maintenance tonight

Sep 21, 2007 05:48 AM #9
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

AR is seeming really slow today.  Why is that?

I have to suppress the desire to keep clicking the mouse thing. 

Sep 21, 2007 06:30 AM #10
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Yep slow today and has been for awhile, I am so impatient. I know they are working on it.
Sep 21, 2007 07:08 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Your post was right on, Rich, as I sit here griping about AR, and thinking...this is no fun and I might as well go do something else. Of course my other gripe is a bank, who shall remain nameless, that has taken forever to get the loan documents to escrow so the buyer can sign and we can have closing, and has missed every time frame they said they would meet. If my showing does not show today or is late, I am quitting for the day. :(

BTW I enjoyed the post anyhow.


Sep 21, 2007 07:33 AM #12
Linda Davis
RE/MAX Home Team - Gales Ferry, CT
You sure sound "crabby" today Rich.  <giggle>
Sep 21, 2007 09:51 AM #13
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
You are so funny!  I always think of you living such a peaceful life in WA and it turns out you have the same frustrations as the rest of us.  I particularly share the frustration with the SLOW AR and Internet lately.  It seems to be worse at night for some reason.  And driving...I don't even want to go there!
Sep 26, 2007 01:22 AM #14
Shari George
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson - Lewiston, ID
Life goes by too fast...stop and smell the roses when it gives you the chance...
Sep 26, 2007 12:13 PM #15
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