Thursday, May 30, 2013

24 hours later: Debriefing the Comcastrophe (and 10 things we did without internet)

Pushing NoMo and rewriting Revelation

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

The archives did not go offline yesterday
  • Sam Spence
  • The archives did not go offline yesterday

Well, we all made it. It's officially been about 24 hours since the earliest time Comcast told us yesterday that our internet would be back on. But in true coaxialopoly fashion, the interwebs didn't show up til about 5 hours later. The P&C reports today that the outage was due to a cable severed by construction crews along Hwy 17 south of Charleston and even has business centers like the city's Flagship looking into redundant systems in case of another failure. Small businesses like La Pizzeria and O-Ku say they couldn't take phone calls and caused credit card systems to go down.

Even though we're back from the early 19th century and our iPhones are humming along as usual, many still say they're looking for Comcast to show them a little love in the form of a refund. Patch has a quick run-down of the easiest ways to get your cash back.

Taking a look back, here's a list of all the productive things we were able to do yesterday while the internet gods punished us:

1. We formed a street team to pamphlet NoMo in support of "NoMo."
2. Mat Catastrophe was forced to yell at passing cars from his front porch.
3. We rewrote Revelation.
4. We dug into the bound City Paper archives for story research.
5. We drank a Royal American bourbon punch. But just one.
6. We took a deep breath from Spoleto coverage. (And thanked our lucky Slowskys that it didn't happen when we were wrapping this week's issue the day before.)
7. We walked across the street to see what the hay was going on at Martha Lou's.
8. We polished off the leftover Memorial Day BBQ. And no, I'm not bitter I didn't get the last rib.
9. We made a lot of "Comcastic" jokes.
10. We finally set the microwave clock.

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