Daily Archives: July 29, 2008

Connectivity… in da woods!

Finally started to think I could keep up a bit more with the blogging…. until Thursday, July 17th, when at noon, wack! no internet connection! Gone! Online one minute, off the next.
Called Dish, went through troubleshooting process, set up an appointment for a service tech to come out… on July 28th! Eeeeek! 11 days? Could I go 11 days with no internet, running a business, working on projects, uploading photos, e-mail?

Many phone calls to other Wild Blue techs, none of which are “sub contractors” for Dish… yet service this area, with no results.
Surrender and go to the beach where I found 3 lovely agates. Bonus!
Over the weekend: It has been raining since Thursday, so at 6:30 one morning, I decide to trim trees, to be sure the satellite site line has no interference. Not an easy task for a short person. Attached multiple bungee cords to pine limbs to hold them low enough to reach, while standing on a chair…cutting them whilst holding them down. Thank heaven for telescoping loppers! Whee… bungees are very elastic when the branches were cut and came flying back toward the chair to which they were attached… and on which I stood.

Why all this effort?
The internet is one of the primary ways to stay connected with the rest of the world when one lives 30 miles from town in da woods!

Monday, July 21: A phone call comes in while I am watering the flowers and I run in to answer it… almost didn’t, as the caller ID looked like a solicitor. Eureka! It is the service tech company and they will have someone here tomorrow, Tuesday, the 22nd!

After replacing the modem and 3 out of 4 connections, it still did not work. The last connection re-established connectivity. The last “tria” was faulty… the bad connection. Finally, connected again.

Now why is it that Dish Network, who uses Wild Blue, does not have any techs in da U.P.? This tech came from Grayling, below the bridge. He was in Munising in the morning, and had to drive another 93 miles to get here. From my house to the bridge is another 97 miles. With the price of gas what it is, one would think it would be more cost effective to use U.P. services in the U.P.

Hey, but what do I know?
As a friend of mine signs his e-mail: Efficiency is Intelligent Laziness

Besides, the tech was a really nice guy, and I had fun entertaining his 9 year old son. Spent an hour teaching him about…. what else? Rocks! Sent him off with a souvenir of his first trip to da U.P. … a little dipper!

Life is good in da woods.