We are three days into our vacation and I’m very slowly beginning to relax. Stress is not something you can turn off and on like the flip of a switch. It must be an inherent American trait.
I brought a handful of books to read including Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People—an oldie, but goodie. It must have been at least a decade since I read this book because Principle 1 states: Don’t criticize, condemn or complain. Hello? How do you get what you want if you don’t criticize, condemn, or complain??? Let’s just start when we got to the hotel. I could not log into the wifi connection.
The office attendant assured me that she gave me the correct passcode. I tried and tried. The connection timed out, the passcode was rendered invalid. I asked for a cable for a hardwire connection. That didn’t solve the problem either.
After trying to solve the problem on my own, I clearly wasn’t getting anywhere. I called back down to the office, “My wireless connection isn’t working. I need to be online.”
Without skipping a beat, she repeated, “Have you tried calling the other office? They have tech support at the other office.”
“NO!” I screamed. “Why don’t YOU call the other office and troubleshoot this for me? Call me back when it’s fixed.”
She called back a few minutes later, “They changed the passcode without letting me know. Let me give you the correct one.”
While I was flipping through the Dale Carnegie book, I rolled my eyes. If I hadn’t complained, I would’ve befriended a hotel attendant, but been here for a week without internet access! This book is dumb. I must have last read it when I was pulling in minimum wage.