There are a lot of people in my little corner of the world who don't have access to an active Internet connection right now. Just before New Years' came around, an earthquake off the coast of Taiwan shifted quite a few undersea cables, disrupting international networks across a good part of Southeast Asia.
Interestingly enough, I haven't had much of a problem with the Internet connection on my end. The fact that I'm subscribed to a cable-based service might have something to do with it, and this is probably why I've been able to check my e-mail, post my job applications, and blog about various topics over the past few days.
Ironically, every single one of my freelance employers is using the more popular PLDT DSL service. That means that they, along with many thousands of clients across the Philippines, are kicking their heels at the lack of online communication.
That also means that I can't get in touch with them regardless of how well my connection is working.
And if I can't get in touch with them, then they don't get to see my work.
And if they don't get to see my work, then I don't get paid.
I guess that means that sometimes when you win, you still lose.
What a way to start a year.