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Have a Happy....

Monday, 6:56 am

By Kate

Oct

31

2005

sunny



 

I'm not a professional

Sunday, 12:18 pm

By Kate

Oct

30

2005

blessedly sunny

Later this afternoon I’ll be heading over to a friend of a friend’s house. I know her, but not well. But I received a desperate call, last evening, to please help her set up her blankety-blank Linksys wireless router to work with Verizon DSL. Our mutual friend mentioned that I set my exact same wireless router up a few months ago without incident and without later problems.

Seems that she had hired a fellow to get her wireless router up and running. It worked for 4 days and then stopped. She had him come back. He fiddled around and got it working for another four days. And then had to come back a couple more times. Two hundred dollars in his pocket later, she’s a little peeved. He wants another $50 to come back and ‘fix’ it again. Neither the router nor the wireless thingy work at all since yesterday morning. She has no internet connection, unless she hooks directly into the modem. Her computer guy, who doesn’t do this for a living, said her router is the problem. But he’s never done a Linksys wireless router before. He usually does other computer stuff. So...she wondered if I’d come over and look at it.

I warned her that I’m Not A Professional. But, then again, I don’t charge $50 an hour, either. Since the user id and password that he wrote down for her to gain access to her router set up page doesn’t work, I think I’m starting at a disadvantage. The question she will have to answer is: Do you want to reset the router to factory default, start from scratch, and take your chances with me or do you want to leave it as it is and hire him for another hour?

I guess since she begged me to please come over, we already know the answer to that. I’d be pretty peeved, too, if I hired a guy who kept charging me to come back to repeatedly fix what should have been done right the first time, and surely by the second time—as if she’s a bottomless well of cash. Hope I can solve her difficulties.



 

Such a helpful clerk

Sunday, 12:46 am

By Kate

Oct

30

2005

light cloud

The lad went over to a cross country team mate’s home tonight along with a couple of the other elder team members for a night of poker. The host was one of the senior girl cross country mates. A couple of her friends, who are notoriously good poker players, joined in. Parents in attendance, thank you, and it was agreed beforehand that since they were all 18, those who wanted would be allowed to go outside and partake of celebratory cigars at some point in the evening. Today was their last meet of the season. They won and won big and will be going on to the state championships in a couple of weeks.

Now, the cigar thing doesn’t bother me too much. The idea is much more intriguing than the actual doing. As with many other things, the less fuss I make, the less alluring it is. Cheap cigars simply taste lousy.

Anyway. On the way over to the host’s house, the lads stopped in at the local convenience store to get some cheap cigars. Phillies. The clerk on duty is my age or a little older. And she seemed not to be quite on their wavelength tonight. When they asked for a package of Phillies, she pointed to the flavored ones and said those were the most popular—the peach or the sour apple flavors. And then said, “You gonna use them with some weed? The flavored ones are better.”

Now, I know these boys aren’t entirely babes in the woods when it comes to knowing about such things, but that one had them stumped. “Uh...no,” they said. They grabbed the plain old Phillies and plunked down their money, rather incredulous that the clerk didn’t card them. It was sort of like the old wink and a nod transaction. The lad said he felt pretty weirded out by it.

Well, I’m not weirded out. I’m just mad. Like we need adults behind the counter ready and eager to aid and abet pot smoking with a little advice on the side? With no carding? I think she and I are going to have a talk tomorrow.

Geez, I’m steamed!

I noticed, incidentally, that the box of Phillies came home virtually untouched and went in the trash. They were too nasty tasting. I think, however, the store incident left a worse taste.



 

Where did this come from?

Saturday, 1:58 pm

By Kate

Oct

29

2005

light snow

It’s not supposed to snow until November! I had no idea we were going to have snow today. I took the lad to meet the bus to his cross country meet this morning, under cloudy skies, and fifteen minutes after I came back home I looked out the window and saw this.

Even if the snow is a couple of weeks early, I still love seeing the first snowfall. The kids in the neighborhood are all excited, too. Attempts at making miniature snow men are in progress. The ground is much too warm for snow to stick for long, but it’s pretty for as long as it lasts. In another couple of months, I’ll be singing a much different tune. You can count on that.

first snow
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first snow
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Toasty

Friday, 7:02 pm

By Kate

Oct

28

2005

partly cloudy

my wood stoveHere’s my little furnace. You wouldn’t think something that small would heat an entire house, but we are right toasty tonight. The outdoor temperatures only rose into the lower 40s today and they’re headed back down into the 30s tonight. There was a distinct chill in the house this evening. It was time to build a fire. In a short time, the thermometer says we’ve jumped from 60 degrees to 78 degrees. I have to admit, that’s a little too toasty and I had to open a window a crack. It’s just right, now. The small green cast iron pot on the top of the stove is filled with water and a couple of cinnamon sticks. Smells spicy! 



 

The "I" is for...

Friday, 1:00 pm

By Kate

Oct

28

2005

light cloud

The “I” in I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s name really stands for Irv, but “Indicted” works pretty well, too.

Thank you, Mr. Fitzgerald.

It’s not as much as I’d hoped for [so far], but Fitz’s press conference surely must be sending icy fingers of fear up the Administration’s backbone. He says the investigation isn’t finished yet. Others are still dangling at the end of his string. Which ones?



 

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