Not So Fast . . .

or Not At All

And Jan says “Ten Days and Counting.”

After my rejoicing a week or so about the increased speed on our Verizon signal, it all went to . . .  well, crap. For this past week the Internet keeps dropping in and out, sometimes going to 1X, sometimes nothing at all. Other times it gets into this cycle where it will work for about 5 minutes, die for a couple of more minutes, and then work again. I’ve reported it, but no fix so far.

Like I said before, “Ten Days and Counting.”

Well, apparently we broke Jamie, our long-time Gate Guard Services supervisor here at the Whitsett office. We found out yesterday that he’s turned in his resignation and will be leaving at the end of the year. Bummer.

He goes out of his way to take care of his people and does everything he can to make this job a little easier. And he’ll go out of his way if necessary.

Earlier this year, about 7pm one Saturday evening, our generator just up and died. I called Austin, our support guy, and left a message. About 15 minutes later Jamie called and said Austin was off that weekend and he would take care of the generator. After asking me about the problem, he and his wife showed up about 20 minutes later. Turns out he was home cooking dinner when I called and dropped everything to take care of us

It turned out that the alternator had died, letting the battery run down until everything just stopped. He showed up with a new alternator and a new battery and had us going again in about 30 minutes. Now that’s support.

He’ll be missed.

On another note, I got polled by Gallup the other day. They called on the phone and spent about 15 minutes asking questions about my (our) life, some yes or no, others on a scale from 1 to 5, or 1 to 10. Sometimes, I guess as a control question, they asked the same question again, just worded a little different, with a different way to answer. Interesting.

Finishing up, several readers have ask for more of our Newfoundland trip in 2009 so here it is

They called the wind Moriah…Mt. Moriah, that is …

Originally posted on September 7, 2009

After breakfast at our hotel, we left Twillingate about 10 am heading for Corner Brook, about 255 miles away. We had a really nice room overlooking the ocean. Here’s our morning view…

View from Hotel


Around lunch we stopped in Windsor to eat at Mary Brown’s Chicken and Taters again. After lunch we placed a call to Miss Piper, our granddaughter, on her 16th birthday. We didn’t get her, but left a message on her voicemail.

About halfway to Corner Brook, around the Mt. Moriah area, we started running into a lot of wind…I mean a LOT!

In fact, even the birds were walking. While we were pulled over a while, we saw a raven trying to fly in the wind and being blown away.



After sitting on a guardrail post in front of our truck for a while, he finally jumped down and WALKED off.

While we were stopped at a Visitor’s Information Center, Piper called us back. She had been in Arkansas, kayaking with her boyfriend and his family. It was good to talk with her.

Fighting the high wind gusts, 40 – 50 mph, we finally arrived in Corner Brook and got checked into our Comfort Inn hotel.

After looking at a map, we decided to drive the 30 miles out to the Lark Harbour area at the end of the peninsular that looks out over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. And once more we were treated to spectacular scenery.

Lark Harbor 1

Lark Harbor 2

Lark Harbor 3

Lark Harbor 4

Lark Harbor 5

Lark Harbor 6

Lark Harbor 7

Lark Harbor 8


Coming back to the hotel, we decided to eat at Jungle Jim’s, the hotel restaurant. It’s a chain up here, kind of like a Chili”s or TGI Friday’s.

We both had Stir Fry’s, and then split a Spiced Apple Burrito for dessert.

Thought for the Day:

In 1920 the 18th Amendment took effect, banning the production and sale of alcohol in the United States. In 1933 the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th and allowed the sale of alcohol once again.

In the 1960’s – 1970’s laws were passed banning various types of drugs, both natural and man-made.

Now the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Drug Czar, can ban any substance he decides to.

Question – Why did it take an Amendment to the Constitution to ban alcohol, but now one person decides what is legal and illegal?

Discuss among yourselves.


One Response

  1. If I were job hunting, I’d go where Jamie is going.

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