I experienced the most frightening night of my life recently!  The only reason I share this story with you is because I hope you gain something from my terrifying ordeal.


I sat down in my recliner the other night to watch NFL Football (Arizona vs St. Louis) only to discover there wasn't any cable.  "No problem," I thought to myself, "I can just watch the game on the computer."  So I go to turn on the PC when a little message comes up that says I have no Internet service.  OMG!!!  No TV AND no Internet.  That's when I let out an ear-piercing scream just like that of a little school girl.


After Suzette came running downstairs and tried to convince me that everything was going to be okay, the realization of the situation started to set in.  Not only was I not going to get to watch the football game, but I also had the DVR set to record a host of other programs..."Big Bang Theory," "Two-and-a-Half Men," "The Office," part two of "Last Resort."


How am I going to survive the night without TV or Internet?  Wait.  That's when I remembered I have Wi-Fi on my smart phone, I can just run the computer through that.  Nope.  Gotta have an Internet connection to get Wi-Fi to work.  That's about the time the cold sweats started to set in.


Do you know how long it's been since I had to spend an entire evening with no TV or Internet?  Even when we camped with the kids when they were younger, one of the first things I had to go out and purchase was a small, portable TV...in case of bad weather you know.


So there I sat...in my recliner with nothing to do.  Even our dog, Maddy, looked concerned.  There was no way I was going to come out of this horrifying ordeal unscathed.  That's when Suzette sat down next to me, looked me in the eye and said, "How about a book?"  I responded with a silly smirk and said, "You're kidding right?  That's something you only do just before going to sleep."


Well, after giving it some thought, I decided what the heck.  Plus, what else was I going to do?  Balance the checkbook?  So I settled in with the book I'm currently reading, turned on the overhead lights and started turning the pages.  It wasn't long after that when I heard Suzette holler down the stairs, "Chad, go to bed.  You're snoring."


I started out with good intentions, but after a while my eyes got sooo heavy and the next thing I knew I was getting hollered at by Suzette.  That's when the light bulb went off in my head - reading is just like watching TV...who knew.


Update:  I just got word that the cable and Internet are back on.  Apparently, someone accidentally cut a line.  I know what you're thinking...and it wasn't me!!!