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Does Everyone Have a Case of the “Sundays” Today?

Someone's got a case of the SUNDAYS

I wake up early this morning,Β  by early I mean 8.30, and decide I want to get to work before 10, so I get ready quickly and don’t even bother to make my morning latte since that will definitely set me back at least 20 minutes.

I leave the house at 9.15 walk up to the main street and wait for a bus, 2 buses go by without stopping because they’re both full, so I end up waiting for 15 minutes then taking the big bus which passes by the north gate of the Jordan University. Just before the we pass by it, I decide I might as well pay my internet bill before Umniah decides to disconnect it as it’s already 10 days overdue and I have a few shows to download this week.

I get off the buss at the north gate and go to Umniah where the guy at the desk tells me to wait a few minutes because they seem to be having a problem with their system. I end up waiting about 15 minutes before he tells me that it may take a while since the system is down and apologizes. (Fingers crossed my internet won’t get disconnected tonight).

Since I didnt make any coffee this morning and I was right next door, I decided to go to Snax and get a cappuccino, I walk in, take a look around and ask for a cappuccino, but the guy at the counter tells me the machines are “out of order”. Seriously? WTF!

I start walking towards work, and when I pass by Planet Donuts I tell myself I might as well get myself a Colombian. I walk in and ask the lady at the counter if they have any because usually all they have is Hazelnut…YUCK!Β  She looks at both coffee pots for what seems like several seconds and then looks back at me and says yes. I ask for a medium columbian and she looks at me like it’s the first time in my life I ever buy a coffee and tells me that there’s no sugar in it…ummmm DUH! I tell her that I know and that I want it black so she asks me what size I would like…dude, I just told you!Β  So I tell her I want a medium again. She hands me my coffee which costs 1.5JD’s and I hand her 2JD’s. She opens the cash register and OMG there are no 0.50 JD coins, (but there is smaller change), so she looks towards her co worker like this is a huge problem and calls him over to solve it. So the guy (who seems to be a genius of sorts, or a magician) hands me my change in smaller coins and I leave.

I was going to go to the ATM for some cash but decided against it…I didn’t want the day to get any worse. πŸ˜›

Update: I went out to Tche Tche after work to meet my cousins for coffee…we all decide on a white chocolate mocca and were about to order when the waiter frowns at us and apologizes…no hot drinks because the coffee machines are out of order. After coffee I went to Mecca Mall to pay my internet bill…thankfully their computers were working this time and I finally paid the bill.

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Posted by on September 11, 2011 in Random Blah


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Internet in Jordan Sucks

Decisions, decisions. In 2 weeks I’ll have to make a choice, either I renew my current internet subscription or switch to a faster plan with the same company for a slightly higher price.

Let me start by saying that internet in Jordan sucks. The 3 major companies, Orange, Zain and Umniah don’t even know how to compete with each other. Each one of them has an even suckier monthly download limit than the other..Orange is the worst at 5gb a month…yeah exactly, I use up 5gb a week! Umniah is the best out of the 3, I’ve been with them for 3 years, yes their customer service kinda sucks and yes their monthly download limit is only 10gb but at least you can download for free between 12am and 7am daily and all day Friday, So I don’t really use up more than 5gb unless I purposely download during the daytime.

I got a call from them about 2 months ago with what I thought at the time was a pretty cool offer, they asked me if I was interesting in doubling my download speed and switching to wireless internet instead of ADSL for an extra 40JD’s a year, and to top that off they said that I’ll have “unlimited” download for the whole year, this is what the dude on the phone said after I asked him for how long was the “unlimited” offer. I was like WOW..hell yeah sign me up for it! Of course their idea of “unlimited” is 35 gigabytes a month which is about what I need anyway. At the time I still had 2 months to renew so the dude said no probs and that they’d call me back when it was time to renew. Boy am I glad that I didn’t have to sign up for that offer right away.

Last month they called me again with the same offer, a different dude..and being the smart person that I am who doesn’t trust Arabs asked again about the cost, download limit etc…this time he told me that the “unlimited download” offer was until September (that’s when my new subscription supposedly starts), then they’d enforce the 10gb limit, and wait for it…without the free hours from midnight to 7am and no free Fridays either.

I told the dude that the month before the other dude said that the offer was for the whole year, so the new dude started to beat around the bush and said that in September they’ll have a new offer. I told him I’d think about it, but I’d already made up my friggn’ way am I gonna trust you guys.

Same dude called again last week and it was basically the same offer as last month but now you get a free router and you get to choose either a USB wireless internet device or 3 free months. Once again I said that I’d think about it but I don’t think I’ll be taking them up on that offer.

When they started beating around the bush about their “unlimited” download offer I lost interest. You see It’s the Arab way, and when Arabs start to do that you KNOW that as soon as they have your money then tough luck you gotta live with whatever they end up giving you..there’s no such thing as a refund, and they don’t really care if you’re a happy customer or not.

I download A LOT of shows and every year I seem to add several more to my list, for every show that gets canceled and has me thinking, yay 1 less show to download, I end up finding 3 new ones that I like.

I’ve basically made up my mind to stay put with my current lousy speed of 512mb, instead of doubling it and running out of bandwidth before the 10th of every month.


Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Random Blah


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