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I is Smart!

The kids left with Lara's mom yesterday to fly to Maryland. Lara hit the road by car this morning. I'm staying behind for a couple of days to finish packing and cleaning. I'll pick up a rental truck on Sunday morning and get on the road as early that day as I can.

One of the items on my list of tasks to complete before departure was to take the Hughesnet satellite dish off the roof. I'll need to take it with me to Maryland. I didn't want to complete that task while I was at home alone, not wanting to find myself lying in the yard with a heavy satellite dish resting atop my broken body with no prospect of immediate assistance. Lara was out with friends most of yesterday, but my mom was around, so I took the opportunity to check the the satellite dish item off my list. It took me a good long while to get it free and get it down, but I eventually got it down without damage to the house, the dish, or my body. Good deal.

With that item checked off the list, I went inside to check my email. I couldn't get the page to load. I tried several times. No go. I tried other pages. I couldn't get anything to work.

"What the hell?"

Slowly, the painful, obvious truth dawned on me. The satellite internet service doesn't work without the satellite dish I had just removed from the roof, and I still had two and a half days before I hit the road.

"D'oh!"

I called Lara to tell her that I got the dish down. "Good," she said. I then broke the news to her about the satellite internet service not working without the satellite dish. "You mean we don't have internet access at the house?" The whole satellite dish/satellite internet service connection wasn't immediately obvious to her either, and she was planning to spend some quality time with MapQuest before she got underway.

I'm posting this from the Bentonville Public Library.

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bunnehbear
Aug. 22nd, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Safe travels
Safe travels for you and your family.
victoriapandora
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Uhhh... KMO,you're an engineer at heart I guess.
No, don't change the lightbulb, the house needs rewiring!

Anyway, what about Pete? Never heard back about that.
kmo
Aug. 24th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Pete
I've met a neighbor who knows Pete and who has agreed to keep feeding him, so I think it would be better to leave him in his familiar surroundings.
coremarc
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
a bit shaken
Realizing this is a bit late, i hope you've all arrived safely.

I biked in a two day charity ride last weekend. We were all stunned into shock when a veteran rider ran off the road, crashed and died. Needless to say, this has hightened my perception of mortality in just about everything that I've experienced since Sunday Aug. 24th.

please be careful,
core
kmo
Aug. 27th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: a bit shaken
I have arrived safely.

Thanks, Core.
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