Welcome to the 21st Century

Well, I just made the plunge and signed up for DSL.  All this time I have been on dial-up, which has really driven my wife mad.  The reason we have stayed on dial-up for so long is money.  I get dial-up for free as a benefit, so you can’t really beat that price.  Being a techie, though, it has been a little bit of an embarrassment  to have such a slow connection.  Not any more!

You may be wondering why I chose DSL over cable internet.  It is quite simple, actually.  We have one cable company in my area, Comcast, and they really ticked me off a few months ago to the point I will only pay them for what I actually need – Fox Sports Pittsburgh in particular – so I will always be dependent on them.

Anyhow, as soon as my modem arrives in the mail I’m sure I’ll be able to regale you with the tales of my struggles there.  These things never go smoothly.  I just hope I don’t punch any holes in the plaster walls.  Drywalling is a beotch.

Our Noisy Neighbors

Other than yesterday, we have been “enjoying” 90+ Degree weather for the past week or so. It has been sunny, which is nice, but I don’t haven’t had time to bring my window air conditioner from the attic yet, so it has been a little tough to sleep. Our solution so far has been to open the windows at night, which does cool the house off a little bit, but also lets us hear all the sounds of the neighborhood.

I also happen to live at the top of a hill that would be a worthy rival for any hill in San Francisco for the “Holy Crap, That’s Steep” Heavyweight Title. Any time someone visits my house for the first time, the first thing they ask is, “How’s this in the winter.” The Answerer is usually “we’ve never had a problem.” Anyhow, when you have a steep hill, people tend to drive as if they are driving in the Indy 500, roughly 300 m.p.h., revving the engine right outside by daughter’s window. Not the best match for someone who is a light sleeper (me) or someone (also me) who has a 1 year old that may also be a light sleeper.

Anyhow, it’s noisy, but we manage. In fact, my daughter has been sleeping through the night for the past week or so. I feel as if a Leprechaun has given me his pot of gold, as well as the keys to his Porche. There’s always a catch, of course. Saturday morning we were all sleeping soundly, when I was awakened at 5:00 AM by my neighbors singing the same song over and over again. It sounded as if they were right outside of my window. I would’ve yelled out the window for them to shut the heck up, but they wouldn’t listen. After all, they were birds and I doubt they would listen to a mere human. Of course if I’m awake, then my daughter is awake, and there’s no way you are getting her back to sleep. It’s playtime.

I love birds and I love nature, I just wish nature would sleep in a little longer. I think I’m gonna have to bring that air conditioner down soon, for my own sanity.

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