Our existence is presently dominated by the weather. A winter’s worth of snow fell during December and early January, then disappeared in a few days during a spectacular January thaw. Both the south and north facing sides of our roof shed the entire snow load during the thaw. Then the temperature dropped and the snow began to fall once more, and within a week or so we had another winter’s worth of snow. Now it is thawing again. Attila is kept extremely busy shoveling the driveway, and more so the deck, which receives all the snow from the south facing roof. The south-facing roof has shed its snow load, but the snow on the north side is slowly slipping down, beginning to obscure the sky. It may or may not shed its load before the thaw ends.
The roads have been very bad; subject to a constant parade of sudden snow squalls and freezing rain. We have been unable to get to a bank, the grocery store, the library, during the time when Attila is not at work. We are watching and waiting for a window of opportunity to get into town, this weekend is looking good, according to Environment Canada.
I have been putting my time to good use. We have the taxes completed and sent off by post; mission completed. I have been busy moving servers, and updating accounts. This sounds simple, and it is. But it is also extremely time consuming. Some of the web pages I need to navigate to accomplish my tasks are filled with graphics and can take up to three minutes to load on our slow dialup connection. If I have to navigate through several steps (web pages) to accomplish a task, it becomes extremely tedious and time consuming. What might take a few hours on a high-speed connection can take several days on a dialup connection. I continue to plod through the processes though, determined to emerge into the light at the other end of the tunnel.
Yesterday I needed to contact several companies for support. What a variety of experiences I encountered. The gentleman at one company listened carefully, provided excellent feedback and was pleasant to boot. Another gentleman at another company did not take the time to listen to the details of the situation, made quick and faulty assumptions about the situation and sounded irritated and aggrieved at having to talk to me at all. I am looking for an alternative service provider in the case of the second company, as they make many errors and are churlish about having to correct them.
Today will see more of the same, I am afraid. I have several outstanding issues to deal with, which require watching and waiting for the “paperwork” to go through so that I can progress to the next step in the process. A rainy winter’s day is a good time for it!
Apparently Asteroid 2007 TU 24 passed near the earth early this morning. We slept through the event. Yesterday Attila quipped frequently about asteroid paranoia. Thankfully it is the snow and not the asteroid making our lives challenging. We know how to deal with snow.
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By the Easy Chair
Jonathan Cainer's Guide To The Zodiac
by Jonathan Cainer
(a fun read!)
"We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong."
Sir Arthur Eddington
English astronomer (1882 - 1944)
WIND WARNING CONTINUED
Press 99.9 kPa / falling
Visibility 11 km
Dew Point 0.6°C
Wind Speed S 15 km/h
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