Happens all the time, right? Several unrelated things occur, almost at the same time, and there’s some kind of similarity but no common cause.
There’s nothing sinister about that, is there? Of course not.
Unless you know something about the incidents that MAY BE related, or a common cause. YOU KNOW what I mean.
Take our good friend and golfing buddy Ruth, for example. She’s the lady who makes the fantastic wedding cakes.
Well, a few weeks ago her riding golf cart began acting up. Oh, it wasn’t a consistent problem. No, this was much more subtle. Sometimes it would work normally, but sometimes it wouldn’t accelerate properly. Sometimes it would hesitate or stutter. Sometimes it wouldn’t move at all.
The repair man diagnosed a bad accelerator and replaced it. That didn’t help. They checked all the battery and electrical connections to no avail. The final step was to replace all the batteries. That is EXPENSIVE. But it did SEEM to solve the problem... for NOW.
Then her clothes washer and dryer quit. Almost simultaneously. Yes, they were getting old, but don’t you think it’s a bit unusual for them to BOTH “go for a Burton” (that’s a British term I learned from RobotJam—pretty expressive, I thought) at the same time? She’s having to replace them.
And THEN she lost her internet connection. She, like me, is on cable and has broadband internet through a cable modem. She contacted the cable company. After trying several obvious things (“Is your cable modem plugged in and turned on? Are your network cables connected?”) they determined that she had a bad “splitter” in her cable system at her house, and told her to buy a new one. (A new splitter; not a new house.)
Or could it be another “C” word? One that starts with “con” and ends with “piracy?” And has an “s” in between?
(So be warned. “It” may be starting again.)