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March 20th, 2008
So it was maybe 5:30AM, my normal get-up time, and I am “sleeping in” with my bride. Today is a feriado (holiday) and I figure maybe 7:30 is lookin’ good.
Then, my mind starts thinking… “After so many years in Costa Rica, when has ICE (our friendly local telecommunications monopoly) EVER gotten something right the first time!”. So I reach over to the bed side table and make a test phone call.
Sure enough, ICE has done it AGAIN! They switched to the new calling plan 24 hours early!!!! I have web sites to update, both my customers and my own… notification calls… all originally scheduled for tomorrow morning. Sheesh!
This is NOT good and I kissed off all plans for a little extra z-time with ML.
Why in the WORLD would I ever presume that the employees at ICE could tell time?? I LIVE here. I KNOW to trust NOTHING that ICE says. I hear Bugs Bunny yelling to me…. “Whatta maroon!”, and he is right. To all of us who live here, we know that ICE is like a United States lawyer! If their (its?) lips are moving, it is a lie!
I occasionally lapse like this, and later figure I have the intelligence of a radish. Here I am writing a blog that a ton of people depend on for accuracy…
…But now I am thinking maybe it was ME who made an error, so I go check the ICE web site, download the FAQ and announcement .PDF files (available in last week’s Post if you wish to verify), and sure enough, there it is:
1. What is the established date for the change in numeration?
On Thursday, March 20, 2008.
2. At what time will the change in numeration take place?
The change has been programmed to take place at midnight of March 20, 2008.
Liar Liar pants on fire…. those clever souls programmed it to take place at midnight but on March 19, 2008. Last Night!
The good news is that apparently the new system DOES work OK, so anyone reading this today, just put in place any plans made for tomorrow morning. If you dial wrong, you get a high speed Ricky Ricardo message telling you the new system. Helpful only if you speak Ricky!
For those reading this who plan to move here someday, get used to this crap now… and if you are a Type A, get therapy before arriving.
For those of you living here and now laughing at me (and wondering whatever possessed me to trust an announcement by ICE) , yeah yeah and the same to you!
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