Category: Living in the Woods

Powerless (aka Life Without Internet, Round 3)

On July 5, 2011, I walked in to a Sprint store to make absolutely sure I was locked in to an ironclad contract for unlimited data service off my mobile hotspot.  The service representative (henceforth known as just another idiot sales person) swore that I could continue to receive the exact same level of service as long as I continued to make timely payments on my monthly contract.  I asked for double clarification.  I stated that I was willing to lock myself into a 5-year contract if necessary, just to keep my data plan.  “Oh no,” said the idiot...

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It’s a bird, it’s a train, nope … it’s Tractor Man

You see him coming down the long, dark driveway, lights illuminating his path. You can hear him coming and see the lights before you can make out what it is. That’s right, it’s Joel on his ancient Wheelhorse tractor. Back for another year of plowing snow. Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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Tractor Man

Have you heard that They Might Be Giants song Particle Man? To the same tune, here is Tractor Man: Tractor Man, tractor manDoing the things an old tractor canTry as you might, he’s breaking downTractor man! Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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Little House in the Big Woods (or … why it’s difficult to get Internet)

Joel showed me that you can go on Microsoft Virtual Earth and get birds-eye views of your house that are disturbingly clear. To do it yourself, go to Microsoft Virtual Earth Live Search and put in your address. We know these pictures (which Joel thinks were taken by drones), must have been taken in the last 2 years because you can see the white satellite dish. They were not, however, taken in the last week, because now we have a black satellite dish in the same place. The disturbing, and somewhat voyeuristic part, is when you start looking at what’s really going on in your neighbor’s backyards (behind those 6-foot fences). I thought the mess under my side deck was bad last year … but it didn’t hold a candle to this mess a few houses south of us! So if you’ve always wondered … now’s your chance to get a view from 20-25 yards up. Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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Dog Deer Standoff

Several deer have been wandering pretty close to the house just outside the underground fence. Sisco will standoff with them, exactly as close as he can get and just bark his little head off. The deer are unphased. (and hard to see) Possibly Related Posts: Powerless (aka Life Without Internet, Round 3) Sleep in and celebrate the Holiday! It’s a bird, it’s a train, nope … it’s Tractor Man Sisco is Surrounded Turkey...

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