Watch Out for the Bird Crap!

OK, so like the cable-Internet company came over on Friday. Nice enough chap, the service technician was, very helpful for what he could do, checking the signal in the line to the modem and back, looking at the cable outside to the control box on the ground level.

Of course the Internet connectivity was on and working properly, for which I explained all my woos and complaints. Poor guy, I realize now; although, I did it in a very calm and friendly manner.

“Watch out for the bird crap,” I said as he exited my screen door onto the terrace. “Lots of house sparrows live out there in the upstairs terrace’s framing.” The technician looked up and pulled his baseball cap out of his back pocket, putting it on pronto.

“Not a problem,” he said.

The end result of the service call was a new line in from the downstairs control box into my flat, straight to the modem. The prior one was in three sections. The outdoor coupling was corroded as well.

Pretty much satisfied with the repair, I bid the tech a Happy 4th, and thanked him for his prompt and courteous service. The best part was the call turned out to be on the cable company.

Since then, my Net connectivity dropped out only twice, with my needing to use the air-card for a short bit, not as long as the previous outages by a long shot, but enough to put up with until the problem gets worse again.

I’ve yet to hear from the auto-parts company about reimbursement for their screwup; however, it’s only been one week since filing the claim to corporate. The general manager of the store involved said the arbitration is settled usually in two weeks, lining up some great fodder for a tirade if they don’t come through in time.

Hopefully everyone on this side of the pond had a splendid holiday weekend. For those across the waterway, the same applies. It’s summertime, summertime, sum-sum summertime, summertime! Ba, bow, bow…

About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at
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5 Responses to Watch Out for the Bird Crap!

  1. Shirley Ann says:

    You can’t help the birds flying over your head – don’t let them nest in your hair . ( Speaking metaphorically ) So glad you got your internet sorted ( well it sounds promising ) Happy Tweeting !

  2. It still drops out, but only for as long as I have to reset it, not hours like before. Those birds outside are really messy. They all scatter when I go out with a broom to sweep it all away. Funny, the avian exodus looks like a scene from a Hitchcock movie.

  3. Shirley Ann says:

    I think it’s their way of thanking you for all the lovely photo opportunities and publicity you give them – I’m sure we’ve all met people in life who show their appreciation in the same way ( if only those types could be banished to aviaries or even worse – stuffed and left to gather dust somewhere)

  4. You mean like their giving me a bunch of excrement as a show of appreciation? I’d rather they be ungrateful 🙂

  5. Shirley Ann says:

    Me too – I’ve left bird feeders out only to have pigeons s**t all over the washing – likewise I’ve helped some people in the past who’ve metaphorically done the same . Hence my wish for them to be the product of a taxidermist . ( they are the exception rather than the norm I hasten to add)

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