When I moved back to Seattle
-- Don't ask
!-- I landed a great job
and so I thought I would treat myself to a big ol' DSL
connection. It took US West
(...now Qwest) about 10 days to set it up, and it was sheer bliss.
What I used to do over my dial-up, like say, download the entire contents of a database I was working on, would take hours. I'd start it when I left work and then after I got home, finished dinner, and put the dishes in the sink...
Well, then I started doing everything I couldn't do before, streaming audio, streaming video, pushing files, pulling files, updating my version of Netscape because it was a point release behind.
I knew the risks, and I didn't care!
Then I moved to the suburbs, and just outside the reach of the DSL gods. For months, I tried to find a connection, pleading with customer service representatives for a taste, but they'd heard all those stories before.
After three months, just when I had almost dried out, the local pusher, GTE, gave me a call and said,
"Hey, wouldn't you like to get your broadband connection back? First hookup's always free, and we're running a special, if you just sign up for a year..."
Even though it was delicious to give in, don't do it. It's too late for me, but save yourselves. Find a nice local dialup, and don't start mainlining the bits.