Saturday, August 29, 2009

Verizon to the Rescue

About a year ago I wrote a blog about what seems to be a relationship between DSL and weather conditions. It was never something that really bothered me enough to really try to do something about. I did call once but never followed up.

It happened again this Thursday and I really had enough. I called Verizon and spent the time to actually talk to a technician. He really was thorough. I went through reboots and line monitoring tests. Checking lights on the modem was very interesting. I am an 'expert' now. He decided that it needed a service call and we set it up for Saturday after I finished work.

I can't get over how thorough the technician was today. He understood the problem and even though the sun was out and my DSL was working well checked outside the house and by the computer. He said everything measured well but wanted to do some work outside by the box down the street.

He changed circuits in case there was a line problem and also adjusted the line from the house to the pole.

This was no quick in and out service call. He even mentioned that I should call right away if there was any problem.

I really do tend to be a little cynical about things at times but this experience with Verizon really has put me in a very good mood. I did check my line speeds and there is an improvement. All I need is a little rain to see if all is well.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Julie & Julia

The movie Julie & Julia turned out to be one of those little gems you come across every now and then that can make going to the movies a real pleasure.

Anybody who knows anything about fine cooking is probably familiar with Julia Child. Even I used to watch her show on PBS every now and then. She was a genuinely gifted character who could be a pleasure to watch.

A woman, Julie Powell, with a high pressure government job, decides to write about attempting to cook all Julia Child's recipes and documenting it on a blog. The result is a nice and sometimes funny story of Julia Child's life and the trials and tribulations of writing a blog in the real world.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fort Tompkins (Fort Adams)

Just thought this was something interesting to see on a wall at 1010 Niagara St. in Buffalo, NY.

This overlooks the Niagara River near the location of the Peace Bridge. Fort Tompkins was a good sized fortification opposite Fort Erie.

I enjoy walking through this area because there are quite a few historical sites that can just pop up on you like this plaque.

The International Railway Company (IRC) preceeded the current Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Metro. I still remember the IRC streetcars running in front of our house on East Ferry Street in the 1940s. Like everything you got used to the noise and even missed it when it was gone.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Now It's a Splint

Oh well - the cast is gone. Now I have another month with this splint.

At least I can take it off for showers and when I go to bed. The doctor says the alignment and everything is good. Just a couple more xrays when I go back.

Sure does take a long time.