January 9, 2008

Beans and Wireless Routers

Would you believe that every time I eat a bowl of edamame, I have to spend half an hour on the phone with tech support in India to get back on the internet?

I love edamame, and since I'm functionally a non-cook, I have to heat it up in my microwave. The problem is, the wiring in my apartment is so bad, every time I microwave something for more than a few minutes, I have to also turn off almost every lamp and appliance, or the power goes out in my living space.

And every time the power goes off on my wireless internet router, I have to reset it through a set of steps just complex enough for me to forget between each reset. Hence, a 30 minute call to Netgear's tech support center, and a nice chat with someone with a thick Indian accent, improbably named "Jason" or "Becky."

Wouldn't it be weird if every time I reset my router, I had to download a bowl of beans?

12 comments:

kimiam said...

Natural gas, fuel of the future.

Tanya Espanya said...

I'm intrigued about the edamame. Tell me more. I see them in the frozen section at Costco, but I've never picked them up because I don't know what to do.

Nellie Ann said...

To be totally honest, I've never even seen edamame in real life. I have, however, spent countless hours on the phone with tech support. Oh, Becky...

Bella Rossa said...

kimiam - you don't know how personally responsible I feel for methane emissions ruining our atmosphere.

Tanya - seriously, edamame is cheap and yummy and low-cal while being packed full 'protein (what with being soybeans, and all). And I'm pretty picky about veggies. I am boring and I just boil them for 15 minutes in the microwave and then put a little dollop of butter on them, but you can drop them into salads and casseroles, too. They're probably a good snack for babies as they're first learning to pick up yummy things with their fingers, too!

Nellie - next time you're at my house, we'll slip down to the Thai place downstairs and I will introduce you to the deliciousness that is edamame. They serve it steamed and lightly salted in the pod, so there's the fun of popping them out of their little green jackets right into your mouth!!

Nellie Ann said...

mmmm....I like things that are steamed and come in a pod.

I also like things that begin with the letter E.

*wink*

Coaster Punchman said...

This is like a 21st century version of that whole "a butterfly flaps his wings in Japan" thing, isn't it?

Bella Rossa said...

"...if a butterfly flaps her wings in Chicago, a phone rings at a call center in India."

Bella Rossa said...

I also like things that begin with the letter E.

I like things that rhyme with smelly!

Like "jelly!"

AHP said...

I'm awake because I just got back from India which ironically has very limited and unreliable access to high speed internet. Three weeks with spotty web access and I realized that I'm truly not addicted to the internet. Look for pics and a blogpost about my trip to India soon.

I do love edamame, but once I bought it, stuck it in my freezer and forgot about it for a year and then I tossed it out.

Chancelucky said...

You know I usualy eat edamane cold. I know some places warm it up slightly, but you don't need the micro to do that.

On the other hand, story's better the other way.

Nellie Ann said...

eh. I'm not a huge fan of jelly.

Jerell said...

If this blog doesn't say hit Bollywood screenplay, I don't know what does. Called "Edamame and Me".