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Thank Ghu...

...for friends and technology.

Upon hearing about just how tall the grass grew in my yard while I was in the midwest, that creative sweetheart of a guy, kip_w, offered to load his and malibrarian's mower in the car the next day, drive over, and help me conquer it. I accepted with appreciation and glee. That lasted about 15 hours, or until the rain started falling. That was a good 22 hours ago, and I don't think it's stopped since.

I suggested rescheduling, but also mentioned the possibility of tackling an inside job if Kip wanted to come over Wednesday anyway. He did, and thanks to his help and his excellent ideas of how to organize stuff, the Fan Room now sports as delightful amount of clear floor space in the center of the room instead of the 15-20 bins and boxes that had been lurking there for, well...years, actually. It really shouldn't feel quite so good to write that, but the whole notion that I've been here long enough for a project to languish for years (plural, if only two) is really quite welcome. Especially once it's a project dealt with. Or at least a significant piece of a project dealt with.

Thanks, kip_w! I'm utterly delighted with how much we accomplished, and how profoundly better the room looks for our efforts.

If it hadn't been for the rain, the room would still be the disaster zone it had been until Wednesday. Sure, I'd unpacked several dozen boxes, built shelves, filled them, and more. I'd even had the floor partially cleared a time or two, but only partially. Then it would get piled high again, with boxes home from Boskone or some other fannish endeavor. This is the first time I've seen the center of the room entirely clear since I bought the place. The only boxes in the open area are those containing the Hawaiian Party Kit supplies that galtine1 loaned to Space Cowboys on Hawaiian Holiday at this year's Boskone. Whoohoo!

The rain was not nearly so helpful on the technology front. I filed a phone repair request after the land line was 80% static and only 20% signal throughout the morning. I love automated, line testing and the other online resources for dealing with broken phone lines! Verizon promised to fix the line by Friday; I hope they get to it sooner.

Alas, by mid-afternoon and another 0.57 inches of rain, there was no dial tone at all. Not in the house, not at the NID box. I updated my service request to reflect this new dead-in-the-water status. Oh, joy.

I was able to make the calls I needed to through the rest of the day thanks to tolerable cell service (a welcome surprise here) and Skype's free calling service to land lines across the US and Canada. That helped. And this point, my phone rings once when someone is trying to call, but it never establishes a voice connection, nor is it able to identify the caller, which means I can't see who's trying to call and call back from my cell phone or Skype.

Even though I'm hobbled by the land line difficulties, I still have my net connection (it's cable, not DSL), cell phone, and related resources for staying in touch. That makes all this rain easier to bear. As does the memory of just how good the Fan Room looks, a memory I've already refreshed several times by going downstairs, admiring it, and tidying up just another thing or two.

You may need to remind me of my good cheer in the face of adversity in another few days. Apparently there's another storm right on the heels of the "June Nor'easter" that's going to continue dropping rain on my roof and elsewhere for most of tomorrow, too.


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Jun. 8th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
That Kip is a good friend, indeed!
Jun. 8th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Interesting you should mention land lines. I was helping my son shop for apartments for his next year at school, and when I asked about phone hookups the leasing agent said most students don't even bother with landlines anymore. Their cellphones are their only phone.

On the other hand, we found out first hand that after a hurricane knocks out the cell towers, it's good to have a landline available. It's bad, however, to only have portable phones in your house that depend on electricity at their bases to run. So we bought a cheap plug-into-the-wall-socket phone to have on hand just for emergencies.

Good luck with the weather. Send some of that rain our way. We still need it.
Jun. 8th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
land lines
When we were without power after the last big hurricane in Virginia people who had switched to cable were out of luck days longer than those of us with Verizon. Cable and cell phone providers need to take disaster recovery far more seriously if they want to replace the phone company.

It's getting to the point in college construction that I think they're going to stop adding phone lines. No-one uses them any more.
Jun. 9th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
I'm soooo glad
We don't have that much lawn. We have mowed twice, or rather, Margene's son-in-law has mowed twice because something is Really Wrong with the lawnmower that we haven't used for several years because we had a itinerant mower who would come by and mow as needed for $20.

We broke down and bought a cheap mower from Home Despot, I finally remembered to get gas last night and accidentally besmirched my oldl/new car -- fortuately it went into the bag that had the oil bottles in it, removing it/them from my car this evening removed most of the evil smell and tomorrow I'm going to douse the interior with Febreeze. (three years ago we replaced Margene's mom's Aries K car with a 1995 Mercury Mystique. She recently decided she did not need to drive anymore, she said "I'm having trouble moving, I'm not alert and fast enough and I'd rather volunteer to stop than have an accident or something." She's 92.)

The Bonneville got sold to Pick-n-Pull (If Jim reads this, honey, I'm STILL sorry I did not reinforce how bad the brakes were... he didn't have anything bad happen driving over there - 5 miles, but he was kind of mad about it) and we made $261 for which is a score in itself (1992 vintage, cracked but still intact windshield, engine/transmission okay, 225,000+ miles on it, we were taking even money that it will be tightened up and put into the KC Auto Auction...).

so Saturday morning our plan is to mow once tall, then mow again Sunday morning as short as we can. Then I'll hit it with the weed-n-feed... All about 2,000 sq. ft.
Jun. 10th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
I saw a cardinal pair this morning in my backyard, despite the continuing precipitation, and the unfun goings-up-on-the-roof that I did earlier in the year seem to be continuing keeping the ceiling dry (I did NOT enjoy being up on the roof with assorting implements to apply Gunky Stuff and aluminum with gunky backing to plug up e.g. gaps between the flashing that was supposed to be up against the fireplace and the fireplace...)

I prefer the wet to a drought, or having to digout from solid water nor'easters...
Jun. 10th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Ooops, didn't mean to post anonymously (or more anonymously...) there.
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