I made my mind up then and there to start up the CompuServe connection anyway, despite what all my computer nerd acquaintances had said, and it all seemed to go swimmingly until a message popped up on my screen to say that it failed to detect a "carrier signal" (or possibly "carry signal", I can't tell, as it's all in Dutch and I don't understand computers when they speak Dutch to me). Of course, the A4-size instruction manual didn't mention this error in the two lines that actually deal with solving problems, and now I'm stumped. I've no idea what it's trying to tell me, but I fear it might be something along the lines of: "You want Internet-access, lady? Pah! Forget it!"
And, as if I haven't got enough to deal with at the moment, I get the distinct impression that the electricity is failing in my flat. Now, there are two lights that won't switch on - and it's neither the bulb nor the fuse, 'cause I checked those. I've just gotten a horrible thought: the wiring must be at least 30 years old. Maybe I should have it replaced?