NOT raining(at this moment)...it SHOULD be (and will some of the day)...at least where WE live - yeah, it's another one of THOSE days...since yesterday, in fact, and I'll let you all in on it in a minute.
The Hooiserland weather will find us with partly cloudy skies, a good chance of off-and-on rain, and temps in the upper 50s...maybe hitting 60.
There, now that's over with, so go get a cup of your favorite morning beverage (I've got mine)...because I'm doing my best not to be "madder than hell" this morning.
*** First out of the trough, is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?"
October 20 -
Today is BRANDIED FRUIT DAY...and that's all there is.
OF the brandy, it works for me.
Meanwhile, back at the distillery...
*** We started off the weekend in FINE style, so that tells me that some type of crap is lurking JUST around the next bend.
Saturday found us with TWO new suet baskets (courtesy of Menards) and suet cakes to place in them.
|Let's see THIS one "disappear".|
Let's see anything short of a phone-line worker cut THAT bastard now and haul it away!
So far...no "takers"...let's keep it like that.
|When the feeder gets filled, NUTHATCHES show up.|
THAT was worth the drive to get the new baskets.
Sunday morning, I get up and see THIS along the side lawn of the house...nice fresh TIRE TRACKS.
Thanks to the all-night drunken Latinos across the street (who need to be shot), we have a "souvenir" of their latest party.
So, I was "planning" to contact a landscaper and see if we can get some long-ass RAILROAD TIES placed along the property line...stacked about two-high...high enough to prevent assholes from parking ON the damn grass, and enough to damage any vehicle that tries..
(yes, that would include the "mommasitas" who pick their charges up from the FWCS bus stop as well.)
That was the initial "plan" for today.
But, our WiFi ROUTER decided it was time to give up the ghost...
Went in to check some stuff, and the Allen County scanner was "off"...(???)
I then noticed NO lights on the router.
I reset everything and still...nothing.
Wifey got on the horn w/ Frontier, the tech did some things at his end, and after nothing changed, the consensus was the router crapped out (after over ten years).
|Time for ANOTHER one...|
(Gotta LOVE Chinese engineering and manufacturing...NOT)
The good news is we still have TV and phones...bad news - NO Internet until I waltz over to Southgate's Frontier store and grab us a new router around 0900 hrs today...hope no one screws with me along th way. hate to add homicide to a router swap...lol.
One interesting note - the TV program data is DEPENDENT upon the Internet to download it, so I can see the blurbs across the bottom of the screen telling me WHAT THE HELL I'm watching...did not know that.
Right now I only have "program data not available" (well, DUH!) I thought it was ALL done through those wonderful FIOS fiber-optic connections that we were told could carry SO much more information...guess we were LIED TO...AGAIN.
Anyway, that is where we stand on Monday, and if there's anything else to jaw about, I'll be sure to get it on here as soon as I can get the new router up and running (I hear I have to call and enter some damn codes for the WiFi).
Sure miss the days of plug-n-play.
Hell, I miss the days of FREE broadcast TV...
*** Last back to the barn...when did it become "better" to have SO much of our lives depending on as FEW devices as possible? Don't get me wrong, technology DOES have it's place, but I much prefer a one-to-one trade off. ONE cable for the TV, ONE line in for the PHONE, and ONE line for the Internet (and never the twain shall meet).
When ONE system has a hardware (or software) failure, it does NOT take something (or everything) else along for the damn ride. Now, the latest bump in the road is STREAMING VIDEO...Internet THROUGH your damn TV.
How many potential bugs can YOU count that can take BOTH of these systems out?
|APPS a'plenty, too.|
Take ONE piece out of the mix, and everything crashes down like a house of cards.
This is ONE time were segregation is REALLY needed.
But I don't see that happening any time soon...
It will just keep adding to itself, until the machines are running us (along with some authoritarian regime).
We need to change our mindset...not become THAT dependent upon all these "gadgets" that we dismiss our humanity to with such abandon.
Most all of this stuff is NOT meant to make us better HUMANS, anyway...
POTENTIAL these things can (and will) do.
We need to back off for a bit...take some time to reclaim who WE are, and not what "IT" is, and why we're being told we "have to have it".
And I think I'm not the only one feeling this way these days...at least I sure as hell HOPE not.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America