“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Monday, October 7, 2013

Back on line

My internet has been out .  I don't know if it was associated with the storm or just with the miserable record for reliability so richly deserved by my service provider.  Either way, I'm back on line now.

The storm lived up to the hype in terms of rain and wind. I spent a lot of today dragging off branches and clearing the trail down the mountain.  There wasn't really that much to do but it takes a long time to do it by yourself, and I spend as much time resting as I do working these days.


26 comments:

  1. Glad you made it and a little down time makes you appreciate your internet all the more. I know because I appreciate the Sh*T outta mine :)

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    1. I need to put a satellite system in here for backup. I had Blue Sky for awhile a few years ago, but it was so slow and so expensive it wasn't really viable. Now I hear Hughes Net has a much faster, more reliable system and I'm giving though to getting one. I have backups, to backups, to backups but when it comes to the net, I am dependent on the sole provider in this county and they are terrible. People dedicate whole web pages to how untrustworthy they are. I used to call customer service and they would just blow me off. So I bought a little bit of their stock, so I could call investor relations. Investor relations can't do anything about the terrible infrastructure, but they can at least give me some of my money back when the thing isn't working.

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  2. Glad you didn't have any major damage from the storm.

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    1. Dreamer, no real damage. Just limbs down, that kind of thing. But cutting all that mess up and dragging it off the roads is getting really, really old. I have an oak tree about three feet thick that is slowly leaning over my jeep trail. When it goes, it will be a massive undertaking to cut it up and split it, stack it, etc.

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  3. Better to pace your self then over doing it. Can we blame internet issues on the government shut down??

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    1. Well, I can tell you this. Things like NOAA are basically operating at a minimal level. Lots of their pages I use come up "discontinued during government shut down" when I try to load them. That's just pure political theater, since there's no reason the web site should be impacted.

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    1. I'm getting awfully tired of worrying about these things, though. Because the country is so poor, it takes forever to fix storm related problems like closed roads, and I'm not as willing as I once was to take my saw and go work on public roads for free. There's been too much blatant siphoning off of public funds to build grandiose office buildings for the county government. If they want to spend the money that way, instead of on road crew and clearing equipment, fine. But let the county commissioner and his lackies get their chain saws out after a storm.

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  5. Harry - i am just glad to see that you are back. like Rob says, be sure to pace yourself. jambaloney and i are just wishing we were all closer. we could help you and you could help us. please don't overdo it. that's what i always tell jam but i go and check on him all of the time when he is out working. i wish i could do the same for you.

    can't wait to hear all about your trip to the big lake! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. My wife says the same thing. She is always worried something will happen when I am up here by myself. But the way I see it, whatever is going to happen to me down the road is already going to happen, no matter what I do.

      I wish you two lived closer as well.

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  6. I figured you'd just taken a wrong turn and driven into the lake. Our provider is Comcast. It'll drop in the middle of a beautiful clear windless day. Then, blink, its back. The storm here was gentle. Not much but a bit of light wind and thunderstorms. Made for a fine afternoons nap.

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    1. When my kids lived down there by you they had comcast. I was always having to call Comcast because they messed up the bill, or the service would go out and they would (wrongly) think I was going to just go ahead and pay for the down time. It rained like Hades up here. The rain just beat down for hours. But thank God there wasn't a lot of wind, or I would still be out there trying to clear my place up.

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  7. I figured you ended up staying at the lake and got back late or something. Cleaning up after a storm is a hassle. Glad you all are OK.

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    1. No, we wanted to stay but this time of year, you can't find a place without a reservation unless you get there just as someone else cancels. I got off lucky, the storm didn't do a lot of damage but you are right, having to go out and clean up the mess gets really old after awhile.

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  8. Hard to say what was worse the rain the wind or the chill that has followed.Today here has been bright and breezy.You ever notice even a warm day can smell and have a bite that says FALL IS HERE.Projects have to be hurried along.

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    1. Gary, it's nice here now too. Really crisp and the air is dry. I am about finished with my pre Fall work, but the kids are coming to visit this weekend so I have to do some house cleaning, put new sheets on the beds in their old rooms, that kind of stuff.

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  9. Glad to see you back. Yes, the wind in the woods creates some extra work, but the good news is the supply of 'widow makers' was whittled down some. And it is a chance to get some fire wood, not a lot of time to dry out, but still - every bit helps. Assuming our administration ALLOWS you to use that wood heat - Jezzy Peazy thats some dumb legislation there.

    And sure, take your time, exhaustion brings on mistakes and accidents. Gives you a little time to plan out how to get it done efficiently. And enjoy the woods - never a bad time for that.

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    1. Even our county commissioner wouldn't try to pass some stupid law telling people how to heat their houses. If he did, people would just ignore it, like they do about 99 percent of the laws he's instituted. He can enforce them in town but out in the countryside, what a joke.

      I work awhile, then rest awhile. The problem is, every year the work time gets shorter and the rest time gets longer.

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    1. Yes, and without a lot of damage too. Just heavy rain, not a lot of wind.

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  11. Welcome Back! internet issues are so wonky sometimes enjoy it now though before ants eat through the power cables and the entire grid goes down.

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    1. Well, if nobody had internet it wouldn't bother me so much. But when I'm the only one who can't communicate that does irritate me. Also, I cant' stand to have a system down. I'm still trying to replace my security camera system.

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  12. You've listed in the past about the shape of the various utilities in your area.

    I figured your internet had went down with that storm. Glad your back up.

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    1. No money. The money they do have, they spend on big buildings with red carpet and mahogany desks for the big wheels. They hire people based on who they are related to, which doesn't make for efficiency. Bad roads, and few of them. Fragile grid, grossly outdated equipment, no money for consumables so when the transformers blow or whatever, new parts have to be shipped in and that takes time. Living way out in a rural area is not all positive.

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  13. Any time there is a storm we have no internet. Ah rural life!

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    1. Yes, it's getting to be a handful for me these days.

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