It’s good to be back. I traveled through hell, you know, and made it back. Here.
It started exactly a month ago. I was doing some geeky things to the food blog, did something wonderfully right and things turned out awfully wrong. “Wonderfully right” means traffic tripled. No, more than tripled. “Awfully wrong” means the traffic killed the server (I was such a cheapo that I was actually on a shared server). For three weeks, the food blog and this one were on a cycle of suspension/unsuspension, there were 500 and 403 errors every few hours. Then, I did the smart thing, the only logical thing, in fact — move to a bigger, and private, server. I almost cried when I made the payment.
Smack in the middle of the technical headaches, the house helper gave notice. She was going back to the province and back to school.
The blogs and the databases having finally been moved to their new home, I found that traffic was still spiking and the new server wasn’t holding up well. Page loading was at a crawl speed, I panicked and started checking for unused and redundant folders. Then, I started deleting folders. And accidentally deleted this blog. That was yesterday. And that’s the third and last bad news.
Because of all the problems, there were things that I was supposed to do over the last three weeks that were left undone. Like posting photos from two plays we saw — Alex was the stage manager for Kimberly & Johnson, one of the plays.
Sam wanted me to put up a small section in this blog about funny anecdotes. Mostly, crazy conversations in the family which she thinks are too hilarious not to be shared. I will do that. I promised her I would. It’s just that, right now, after all the technical shit, I have problems remembering what exactly those funny conversations were. I’ll have to ask Sam. She’d remember.
And because I was too busy modifying codes and settings, there was no time to write a commentary about that crazy privilege speech that Rep. Amado Bagatsing Jr. made in Congress. You know, about birth control being the same as abortion because contraception aborts the meeting of the sperm and the egg. When I first read that, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Laugh because whoever wrote that speech for Rep. Bagatsing really did a job on him. The position sounded ricidulous but given the bravado with which Rep. Bagatsing delivered it, it really seemed like he believed he was right. At the same time, I felt like crying — crying for all of us — because look at the (lack of) quality of our lawmakers. Poor us.
The things I wanted to write about piled up. When Malta legalized divorce and the push to pass the long dormant divorce law in the Philippines gained strength once again, the words were flowing in my head but I did not have the time to sit down and organize them. I was still writing codes to keep the blogs online.
So, when the Journo people called up early last week to ask my position on the divorce issue, I had to point them to an article I wrote last year. It’s been ten months since that article was written and I really can’t say that I have anything to add to my arguments save, perhaps, bolster my position after the people of Malta decided they want to leave behind the Catholic church’s medieval ideas about marriage. In tonight’s Journo (Channel 5, 11.30 p.m. after the news), some amplification of my position. I understand that Bishop Oscar Cruz is also a guest.
So, there. It looks like the server is getting sluggish again. Let me now switch back to my role as technical administrator.