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365 ONE: day 213…Who Really Reads The Instruction Manual??

Day 213: August 8th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was =”No Air” by Jordin Sparks feat. Chris Brown

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Huge Mirror”

Anything to Note =

Today was set up phone line and Internet line and alarm and electricity voltage capacity (after the blackout we had to prevent anything in the future) at my parents new house….all with the same guy!!

I missed the phone, voltage, alarm sections but came downstairs right as they were trying to figure out the Internet….which they apparently have been trying to do for ages and could not understand…yet, no one said anything to me to come help!

Anyway, it took us hours to connect the Internet and then get it wireless!

And in the end it was actually quite simple…it was all in the router instruction booklet that was included!!!!

I tried everything – on my netbook, on another netbook, on my iPod, on my iPad….and it would not connect to the wireless. This guy had no clue! Literally! But to his credit, it was not obvious to me either. We called the company OTE and they said we had to first set up the Internet to the modem using an Ethernet LAN connection….fine. But that is all they said!! Not something like – look in the instruction booklet and you will see!!!!

Anyway, so we tried with the Ethernet on my netbook for ages with all kinds of codes that they had given my dad and it was just not connecting.

I looked over in the box and picked up the booklet that was in Greek and just flipped through it and then saw in the middle, hidden, four pages of how to connect to the Internet for setup! And it was complicated with numbers and in the browser, where the other items we would have to insert…I mean, ridiculous!! There was no way you would have been able to figure this out without that booklet, especially as you had to type like a nine digit code into the browser to even start the setup!!

Ridiculous!

I guess I assumed this guy would know what to do, but after about a half hour I realized he did not. Then I guess I assumed he would have looked at the instruction booklet then that came with the router since they had apparently been trying for ages before I even came into the picture. So I didn’t even think of looking at it.

But, this is Greece for you!!!

I mean, it should be simple and not something you need to go to an instruction booklet for really, right?? I mean, this is just setting up wireless with a router….this is not rocket science!! And oh so easy in America, but here…I see it is not!!

It sounds stupid that it was all along in the instruction booklet and no one looked at it, but I just can’t believe you have to. And then it was even more complicated after that trying to figure out which username and code you had to change and when and ugh.

In the end, I figured it out, but it was a little ridiculous….not sure who to blame though, really….OTE the company, the non-informative customer service, the technician, or me for not looking for an instruction manual and reading it hours before I did!

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Poop.

It’s now working on my iPad and iPod, but I can’t still get it to work wirelessly on my netbook….I give up for the day though!! Too much!!


365 ONE: day 203…Final Moving Day in Athens

Day 203: July 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Moving/Packing/Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Columns”

Anything to Note =

Final moving day.

It’s a sad day today.

We are leaving the old house here in Athens to a new rental house. My parents and little brother moved here while I was at boarding school in the UK and they have been here ever since. They really planned on living here for the rest of their lives. That breaks my heart. Instead they stayed here for around 15 years, and now these hard times have taken the future away from them.

My mum put so much into this house, well she always does as she is an interior designer, but so much hard work is here that we are ripping out and packing up.

I was in boarding school and then went onto college and then graduate school, and so really I left home at 13, but I still call this house home. The constant throughout my life was actually Spetses so that is really where I consider my home home, but for my little brother, he was young when he came over to Greece and he grew up in Athens, so this house is his home.

He is sadly working down in Spetses as he got a job and had to take it in these bad times with so much unemployment out here, so he is not here to say goodbye. It’s probably a good thing really that he doesn’t see it go.

I just feel sad also because I can’t help my family the way I would like to. I so wish there was something I could do to help them all. I also can’t help the way I would like physically right now either being pregnant, and that is something I keep struggling with. Both my dad and mum are not well but have been at this packing and sorting and moving for over a month and they should not be doing all this. I came over to help but I just want to pick up boxes and carry heavy items, and I can’t. I know I’m doing some things but I’m the girl who carries their own suitcase (as the phrase goes)…the stubborn one who asks for no help. The one who lifts too much, does too much, has moved like six times….and so here, in this state, I feel a bit useless 😦

Ugh.

Amid this chaos and crazy, hard, sad times, my dad remains the eternal optimist. Well he used to be, now he goes in and out, but when he wakes to a new day that strength has regained in his sleep still…it is amazing! Something I have always admired and wished I had. He still has it within him. It’s actually something that Stuart also has, which is one of the reasons I fell in love with him – I love that about him. They say you marry qualities of your father….it is true!! And I wanted that, being a true daddy’s girl of course!!!

In the words of my dad then…

“We must look ahead as we are the A Team!”

The A Team is our nickname for Team Anastassiou.

We even had ski shirts made once and raced as the A Team!! My mum also made us family A Team t-shirts, with each of us as an A Team hamster!!! Haha!!!!

Anyway, the A Team represents strength, courage and determination to look ahead and fight! So we must look ahead.

To a new day tomorrow.

A new place.

And hopefully a new future. Soon.

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