Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Today is the 17th anniversary of what has become known as 9/11.  One of those days when everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when the planes hit the World Trade Center.

I got up 4 times during the night and was awakened by Teresa holding my ringing cellphone at 8:15.  I told her to answer as I took it from her.  It stopped as soon as I had it so I called Jose back and told him because of this Une thing being up in the air I am going to cancel chess for today.

No Une workers in sight.

I watched the whole 2-hour Today show.

I took a nap for about an hour.

It’s noon and still no Une.

At 12:15 a guy from Une showed up with lots of coaxial cable – a good sign!  He checked the cables in the 2 locations where they enter the apt with his device and then he left.  He returned about 30 minutes later and then recut the ends of one of the cables and added new connectors.  Then he disappeared again.

Laura just found an email that was sent to her 4 days ago from a family near Savannah, Georgia inquiring if she’s interested in being their au pair.  The mother is originally from Panama and they have a 16-month old son they would like Laura to take care of and speak Spanish too.  They are expecting another child in the next few months.  Laura can practice English with the parents and on visits outside the house.

She wrote back right away but unfortunately they had already found another au pair.

Teresa made lasagna for lunch and I made garlic bread.

At 4pm the Une guy returned with an extension ladder and climbed the pole nearest to our apt.

The next time he came inside we served him lasagna and garlic bread.

He rehung at least one large coaxial cable that I could see – from the street to our apartment.

As of 5:05pm we have internet back.  I used and found a download speed of 10.26 and upload of 2.07 so we’re good.  Of course that was from the dining room table which is on a direct line of about 20 feet from the router.  Where my computer usually sits is more like 40 feet and around a corner.

I hope we don’t ever have this problem again.

I’m not exactly sure I’m using the correct terminology here but for the past week Laura and I have been connecting our cellphone to Teresa’s cellphone using her data plan in order to have an internet connection.

Joke of the day
A fifteen year old Amish boy and his father were on their first visit to a shopping mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again.
The boy asked, 'What is that Father?'  The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, 'Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life.  I don't know what it is.'
While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat old lady in a wheel chair moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened, and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small numbers above the walls light up sequentially.
They continued to watch until it reached the last number… and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.  Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous 24-year-old blond stepped out.
The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his son.....  'Go get your Mother'.


  1. Glad your back up and runnig on the internet. I have truely missed reading your blog daily.

  2. Thanks. It's nice to be back! And I hope you enjoy the upcoming jokes.