$2.69 a Gallon!

Today was pretty quiet. After an easy morning, I left the rig a little after 1:30pm and headed up to the Clear Lake area for a couple of client visits and a stop at Sam’s Club for a prescription.

Along the way I stopped for gas and was amazed. Yesterday Unleaded was $2.92 at the Wal-Mart up in Kemah.

Today it was $2.69. YES $2.69!

And Diesel is $3.39. Don’t know what is happening, but I hope it keeps up.

Next up was a stop at a couple of clients. One of them had a new Sony Vaio laptop that they couldn’t get to connect to their office WiFi system. It turned out that the problem was that it was locked into WEP encryption mode, but the office system uses the better, safer, WPA2 encryption.

Normally the WiFi software has a drop-down menu so you can select the one you want use, or it will even set it automatically based on what your router is set for, but this one was different. I had to go into the adapter settings and enable the other encryptions.

And this was a brand-new laptop running Windows 7. Most people don’t use WEP anymore because it’s so easy to break. Why in the world it would default to WEP I can’t understand.

After checking in with the 2nd client I headed over to Sam’s to pick up a prescription and a case of bottled water. I was kind of dreading stopping by there because of Christmas shopping, and the fact that there’s a Wal-Mart right next door, compounding the problem, but it wasn’t bad at all.

As I tried to get on I-45S to go back to the rig, I ran into a lot of traffic around Baybrook Mall. And a lot of smoke. Turns out there was a car fire in the northbound lane, and a lot of rubberneckers on the southbound side.

I finally got back to the rig about 4:30 and then Jan and I headed right back up to the Kemah Chili’s for dinner. They have a great new soup, Southwest Chicken and Sausage, that I probably could eat every day.

Then heading home, we stopped off at a nearby Walgreen’s for a few things.

And that was about it. A pretty easy day.


Thought for the Day:

"Environmentalists changed the word "jungle" to "rain forest," because no one would give them money to save a jungle."



2 Responses

  1. HI,
    I’m impressed that you know so much about computers/software. Did you have a support business to gather all these clients before you left for gate guarding?
    I did make a note of the security issue with w7 and Visio. I hope I would have thought to check the adapter settings.
    I don’t do any hardware support anymore, just support a couple of clients with some software I wrote back in 2005, I have never been to either clients site, way cool.


  2. Mike,

    Let’s see.

    I spent about 3 years working for the DOD doing aircraft electronics/radar/fire control systems stuff at different bases around the country in the late 60’s, early 70’s, then about 5 years as a broadcast engineer at several radio and TV stations in Alabama.

    Next was about 2 years as Cable TV Chief Engineer for Alabama and Georgia for Storer Cable, installing and maintaining the big 10m dishes for satellite downlinks.

    Then I spent about 10 years working for NASA at JSC in Houston on the Shuttle program.

    In 1988 I started my own Computer Support company doing mostly small business support, that later expended into Internet stuff in the early 90’s, continuing until we started full-timing the beginning of 2008.

    Somewhere in here I spent 10 years working for the University of Houston-Clear Lake, doing Network Tech Support for 2 years, and then I was Webmaster for the School of Business for the last 8 years.

    I still have a number of websites I maintain for companies, since I can do that on the road. And then when we get back to Houston over the holidays I have a lot of customers who save their hardware/new computers/upgrade stuff until I’m back in town.

    It’s been a wild ride.

    Sometimes it seems like I’m busier now than before I retired.

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