Big Lake and Ma Bell , , ,

First off, I want to congratulate my friend Nick Russell on the Kindle sales of his Big Lake murder mystery. Yesterday alone, he sold 1,000 copies, and Big Lake is now listed at #38 in all paid Kindle books, right behind James Patterson at #37. with Patricia Cornwell a little ahead at #31.

Very heady company!

Jan and I headed out a little before 11am to meet Brandi, Lowell, and Landon at our favorite local hamburger place, Tookie’s, for lunch. Landon was not feeling well last night so they stayed home with him today. But of course by this morning he was fine.

So after our Tookie’s delicious burgers, Jan went back to Brandi’s with them, while I headed out to a client’s. But my first stop was Fry’s Electronics to pick up a Netgear Wireless Router and an LG LCD/LED monitor for him.

But when I got to the client’s home I found another problem. His DSL service was down.

Just a note here. It’s about 10:30 pm right now and it’s snowing a little north of Houston. If I didn’t know better I’d think Nick was in town. Now back to your regularly scheduled blog.

So I spent the next 3 hours on the phone with AT&T trying to convince them that I had checked everything and the problem was either with the line or the DSL modem. By the time they admitted I was right, it was too late for them to set up a service call for today. So we’ll have to wait until tomorrow, sometime between 8am and 8pm.

Nice of them to narrow it down for us.

Finally I headed over to Brandi’s about 4:30 to pick up Jan and head on home. We had planned to just have leftovers tonight, but since we were so close we decided to have dinner at Barcenas Mexican Restaurant, a place right outside of our subdivision that we’ve eaten at for years.

We used to eat here all the time, especially when we lived in an apartment right across the street as we were getting ready to go fulltime. But with everything going on last year, we never got here, so it was nice to be remembered by our waiter, Leno.

We both had our usual, my Carnitas de Puerco and Jan’s Tex-Mex Enchiladas, and it was as good as we remembered.

They’re supposed to call me an hour before the AT&T tech shows up so I guess I could get called at 7am. But I’ll probably end up hanging around all day waiting on them.


Thought for the Day:

I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.



9 Responses

  1. Thank you Greg. And thank you for giving me that nudge I needed back in May to convince me to go ahead and publish the book. It looks like today’s sales will be about the same as yesterday, as hard as that is for me to believe.

  2. Those sales number of Big Lake are VERY impressive. Who’d a thought it?

    “Ma Bell” Now you are showing your age. Young readers of your regularly scheduled blog probably won’t know who you are talking about.

    Do you remember picking up the phone, dialing O and hearing. “AT&T long distance, how may I help you?

  3. Nick,

    Stop commenting and get to work on the next one!

    Impatient fans are waiting.


  4. George

    I’ve fighting with AT&T since the 70’s when I was a Broadcast Engineer and AT&T Long Lines was messing up our network television signal from New York.

    Things got a lot better once the satellites came online.


  5. I wonder if Nick will drive or fly when he goes on his book signing tour..

  6. Howdy J&G,

    Congratulations to ‘Papa’ Russell !!!


    Take care of ‘my g-nephew’ and keep him well.. Thatz what daycares do; transfer germs!! Feed that boy jalapenos not hamburgers.!!!
    That’ll kill all of those germs and not make him rotund!!

    Hope you’re having a good day; waiting for that phone call, which will NEVER come!!!

  7. Don’t you hate those wide open service times? Some places will narrow it down for you on the actual service date. You might want to check in and see.

    It doesn’t surprise me Nick’s book is rated so high. It’s that good. I can hardly wait for the sequel.

  8. John,

    The way he feels right now he could probably walk on water.


  9. Linda,

    I REALLY hated when they finally show up and then can’t fix it.

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