Sunshine and I had a blogging date this afternoon. (We didn’t get to write together in NY, so we decided to chat on the phone and type on the Internet. Challenging.) I tried to get a room at the library, but unlike last year when I was there every day, this summer they are always full. (Darned recession.) Internet access at home is spotty for me (I guess that’s what happens when you’re pirating your neighbor’s unsecured wireless connection ;-)) so I headed to Burger King since they are always advertising their free Internet service.
I was not pleased to see the “Internet cafe” was right next to the indoor (?) playground. It was extremely loud. But at least I was able to get a table next to an outlet. Then Sunshine texted me that she had gotten a phone call from her distraught cousin-in-law who just got dumped, so she might be a while. No problem, I replied, I’ll just go on Facebook and check on my Farm Town farm.
No can do, buckaroo. Burger King blocks Facebook. And mySpace – I checked. Maybe they don’t want teenagers hogging their computers for hours (which, BTW, who knew they had their own computers there to use?), but why can’t I access it on my own computer? Don’t you want me to stay there longer so I might buy another drink, or some of your new Otis Spunkmeyer cookies? Surely there is a way to block it on their desktops but not on wireless laptops! Or, make people log-in (even if it’s free), and they can’t be on for more than an hour, like the library does. And if you feel nice, you can offer 10 minute extensions, too.
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