The Karmic Disease Vector — that's what I called it. I was poking fun at my sister's bemoaning of a severe cold she was suffering as she wrote words to the effect, "where did I go wrong, what did I do to deserve this suffering?" I allowed as to how it was, of course, her fault that she was sick. I also stated that, should anyone around her become ill, that would be on her back as well! (Of course it was all a round-about way of saying, "silly girl… it's not your fault and how could you think that?") Then, to help allay any concerns that I actually meant to be mean, I said I'd better show a little more compassion as my callous attitude would earn me suffering of my own through the "KDV" or Karmic Disease Vector. Guess what happened next. Though my sibling and I had no physical contact when she was sick –in fact, were separated by great distance– within about 48 hours I took ill with a severe head cold. It kept me couch-ridden one whole day and away from the office (and any other activity) for two full days! I think I'd better write a medical paper or a self-help book. And no, it can't be coincidence because, er, well KDV is just to keen a concept. Note: There may also exist KVD… but I don't want to even contemplate that!
I did manage to recover enough to greet the AT&T service guy Friday (March 28). Our TV service through U-verse was grinding to a halt, giving us images that would "stutter" then "freeze." Trouble was quickly traced to a bad "residential gateway" (the AT&T-provided site router) which they replaced. We're once again happily able to bathe our minds in great floods of video opiate. We never noticed any interruption in Internet access… probably successful and smooth video delivery required a lot more uninterrupted bandwidth than Web surfing and file uploads/downloads; the bad gateway just didn't have enough throughput to "git 'er done!"