The infrastructure in rural Georgia is pretty sad. So, if you live in a county that's way out there from the power centers like Atlanta, Macon, Valdosta, Athens, etc. you have to deal with a lot of Third World stuff.
|Art by Jay Flaxman: Appropriate attire for living in my county.|
Our roads are awful. Not the big road coming into town, of course, but the roads we who live out in the bush have to use. When it snows, they don't get sanded or plowed. When they get pot holes, the pot holes just stay there forever.
Our power grid is marginal. That's why just about everybody has a generator. The phone lines work, sometimes. Usually not if there has been a storm because all the phone lines coming out into the woods are above ground. So pine trees fall on them, and that's that.
There is one, and only one internet service provider here. They are so bad, the company was the subject of a state investigation last year. Google "Windstream Sucks" and see the hundreds of pages and hundreds of images that come up. My internet went out Tuesday morning early, and just came on again this afternoon. How long it will stay on, your guess is as good as mine.
|Well, I don't do facebook, but guilty as charged as regards the internet.|
There is one, single, solitary telephone land line provider. The same low renters that have the lock on internet. And you have to buy your power from the EMC, I've said enough about that bunch of crooks already.
If you have AT&T cell service, you can sometimes find a spot other than in town where you can get a signal. Mine works here at the house, if I go outside, cross the meadow, go up slope to a big pile of granite boulders, and stand up on the highest one. Well, it works sometimes. Not if there is any weather in the area.
Then, even the resources we do have, are used up where the High and Mighty live. Out on the lake shore, or the gated communities on mountain ridge lines with great views. If you live in the less settled quadrant of the county, where there are not very many people, (like I do) you are sucking hind tit. (This is not a vulgar expression, it refers to hogs) You're the last area the repair crews come to, the last place any road maintenance is done, the last place the internet fiber optic system is going to show up.
But at least people don't live around me or come into this part of the woods much......
So living here is just great practice for the way the rest of the country is going to have to live before very long.