I had the most forgettable telephone experience the other day. Even A.G. Bell would have found it distressing. I’m teaching a course via a conference line as the enrollees are international. The procedure is to phone into a bridge line, dial an access code and there you are with everyone in a virtual classroom. Many of you may be familiar with this. I’ve taught and taken many courses via the conference call. Getting an education in the comfort of your own home is sometimes a great option. It beats going out in a snowstorm to get to class or having to go out when you are ill, etc.
Here is the Cliff notes version of the technological debacle that ensued. Upon dialing in, a message came up that the call-in number had been changed. Yikes! Class was to begin in 2 minutes. I phoned Mary, our tech person who patched me in through her cell phone. All was good for about 5 minutes when I lost the class. Phoned back Mary to get re-patched in. Couldn’t get through to Mary. Another 10 minutes went by before getting reconnected. I presented the material, pausing for questions or comments. No response. I continued. Next pause, No response. I tried calling on people by name. Still no response. I hung up and called Mary yet again. It seemed like I’d been talking to an empty space for at least 20 minutes. Apparently, the class could hear me, but I could not hear them. There was much more, but you get the picture. Happy to say things should be resolved for the next class.
Recent conversations with several friends, revealed they, too, were having or have had some sorts of communication problems. Whenever such issues crop up, we immediately love to blame the planet Mercury. After all, those issues couldn’t possibly be our responsibility in any way, could they?
In astrology, Mercury rules communication, travel, and technology so all of these areas can go haywire for about three weeks. To top it off, Mercury retrograde also has what’s called a “shadow period so you may feel the retroshade a couple weeks before and after the official time is over.
The most recent retrograde occurred from March 4-March 28. I suppose we can claim we are still in the retro-shade. Sure. let’s go with that.
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