PLEASE remind me NEVER to agree to consider having another housesitter/renter look after our place in winter... UNLESS they are TRULY a trusted friend. This year we set up a housesitting arrangement with a new 'friend', Kate, whom I met last spring and who needed a place to stay come November because she couldn't stand her nephew-in-law, whose basement she had been staying in until her deal was … [Read more...]
Rants, raves and thoughts about topics such as politics and religion.
Journalism is a serious profession. Journalism is both the activity and product of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. Real journalists vet their prospects and confirm the information they receive prior to publishing. However, in today's world of fake news, it might be worthwhile to vet the vetters, i.e. take a look at who is delivering your news. To that … [Read more...]
Ed and I decided to forgo the convoluted and time-consuming setup of our big Internet satellite dish and the very expensive Hughesnet Internet service this winter, opting instead to use a mobile Internet hotspot. I'll begin by saying that T-Mobile's Mobile Internet hotspot service works REALLY well, once you get it working. Getting it to work, however, was (and in some ways remains) a … [Read more...]
I'd say that asking for resolution and then waiting a year and a half for mere acknowledgement of the problem qualifies me as having the patience of Job. Every night since moving into our new house in June 2016, I've been awoken at 12:07 AM by a VERY loud BANG in the wall behind my bed, followed by the sound of rushing water that continued for the next 10 - 15 minutes. I've mentioned … [Read more...]
Our garage door hasn't worked properly since its installation on the new house back in May of 2016. It frequently fails to open all the way, i.e. goes up 6 inches and just stops. Push the button a few times and it does the same thing repeatedly. You end up having to go and 'help out' by pushing up on it while it's negotiating those first 6 inches. The door also doesn't much like to be … [Read more...]