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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.

Lake Superior

Lake Superior Tidepool Relections

Lake Superior Tidepool Relections


Finally figured out how to upload a photo!

This was taken June 24th, 2008, 9:40 P.M. at Perry’s Landing.

Silly Poetry of the day from “Be Inspired” one of my many creative endeavors…:

Your skies, my skies, our skies.
Your sunrises, my sunrises, our sunrises.
Your water, my water, our water.
We are so fortunate to have this beautiful place in which to live… as the commercial for VISA might say:
Gas to the beach: $150
Sunsets at the beach: Priceless!
Life is good in da U.P.!
If you haven’t been up north in Luce County lately, maybe car pool and take a drive!
Isn’t this part of why we live up here?

Weather Report and…

Chilly. Sunny. A little Rain last night.

Life goes on and the cool weather is creating fog every afternoon on Lake Superior. Rolling in from the Big Lake, quietly filling da woods near the lake shore. 

In town I met two students from Michigan Tech, Brian and Anthony, here to study the bugs and insect life in the recovering Sleeper Lake Fire area. They will be here all summer, staying at State Forest Campgrounds. Next week they plan on staying at Pretty Lake and I think I shall invite them over for dinner. Adopt a student?

Maybe they will let me take pictures of bugs.

I still have not figured out how to get photos into these posts!

The price of gas is killing the economy in this area. Few tourists, and the good (?) thing is very few large RVs coming into the campgrounds. I always wondered what the point of “camping” was, in a rolling motor home, with a TV and generator running all day?

The other “good” thing is, lots of folks are coming up with tents and really camping out.

There are about 10 State Forest campgrounds nearby, none full.

I notice the judgements I make about “good”…

As a child, which I once was and still can be, too often, I decided that I liked the word “good” because if you remove one “o” it is god.  So for me, if something is “good” it has God in it.  Simple, eh! Simple is good!

Life is good!