There was a noticeable tension

There was a noticeable tension in the air, nail biting, and fidgeting. He showed up much earlier than I expected, and I immediately thought it was a bad sign: it must mean he'd need more time to go in and fix the problems. "What's the prognosis?" I asked the man as I paced nervously back and forth across the room. He was knee deep in wires and surrounded by measuring devices. After some checking and double checking, calls back to the main office, a small smile cracked his lips, and a glimmer of hope lit up my heart.

"The line is good. Real good. You'll get about 1.5 megabit per sec on this line, and according to this instrument, you could actually sustain 7.5 megabits if the phone company someday enables it."

I plugged the ethernet cable into my 3com card that's been empty for over a month, the green lights came on, and once again, I felt alive.

I <heart> PacBell DSL.