There, my minute of basking is over.
As I wrote on Saturday Speakeasy could not complete provisioning for my line because Covad wouldn't work with AT&T. I cancelled the order right then, but apparently the deprovisioning process is still running. Until that's complete I cannot place an order for my AT&T DSL, so all I can do at this point is wait. The technician I spoke with today suggested waiting 3 business days and trying back then -- so I will wait until Thursday morning and give it another shot to see if I can get the ball rolling. The sooner I can submit this new order the sooner I can, with luck, have connectivity at Z'ha'dum. Until then I'll be on dial-up service through work, which while tolerable is not my idea of a good time. Connectivity makes me happy. Come to think of it, work should pay to run some single-mode fiber into my house so that I can experiment with the ATM MAN model on a local basis. Fat pipes make me happy.
So, until Thursday I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that this all works out. If all goes well I won't have to resort to my fall-back plan, and that would make me happy as well because I very much want to avoid cable modem and the ridiculous cable company costs if at all possible. In the mean time, roho provided me a chuckle by reminding me about a Penny Arcade cartoon that may indeed accurately depict the debacle I am involved in trying to get DSL service.
No, no, no, no, no, no