Lyle Lovett is singing “You Were Always There” in my left ear as I type. Oh, man, it’s great to be untethered, disconnected, listening to music piped straight from Lyle’s mouth to my ear, propped up in bed with a stack of pillows behind me, Buck running the day’s market numbers from his laptop, and Maggie lying on her fluffy shearling bed down on the floor right at the bed’s edge.
After Hurricane Ivan last year, we limped along with no landline phone for more than two months, tv service stuck together with string and sealing wax, and occasional dial-up internet service provided by an expensive cell phone connection.
Service was restored eventually and life as we had known it continued. But, somehow in the melee of rebuilding their sytstem, our cable television high speed internet signal became anemic. It surged and ebbed, in unsatisfactory proportions.
I got a notice in the mail that Bell South in their wisdom had finally decided to extend internet service out to the back of beyond, where the busses don’t even run, to our neck of the woods. Glory be.
We had just spent a frustrating week with Road Runner, their various nice fellas stringing line and new transformers, with much head scratching and mixed results. Bell South offered a rebate, discounts, and other blandishments that at the moment seemed purely irresistible.
Well, as the old saying goes, there ain’t no free lunch. In my haste to install the latest greatest Bell South software, I screwed up the wireless connection to my own laptop, turned the old desk top into what might as well be a fishing reef, and worsened our position by at least 33%.
Hard headedness being what it is, I have lived with my errors for months, but the shoe finally pinched enough that tonight I dug around and found our ancient wireless router, hooked back up to the old cable system, didn’t think about it, analyze it, or look at a manual. Low and behold, it worked smooth as silk and here I am listening to Lyle Lovett, untethered and unattached except for my undying love for the man by my side and the dog at my other side, writing to you.
Yes, writing to you. Here’s the nub of this ramble. With my laptop hard wired, I was limited by time, energy and comfort level. The days are so frenetic right now with our building project that by 10 p.m. I am ready to hit the hay. Early in the morning is walking time, crucial to my physical, emotional and mental well-being. The time in between brings stock market trading and home building on-the-spot decisions.
So you guys have been getting on-the-fly pictures with Reader’s Digest condensed versions of events, mostly sans reflective thought. I do the better, acutal writing stuff best about midnight-thirty, wirelessly typing, listening to music while Buck and Maggie recharge their batteries for the next day.
And worst of all, I haven’t been reading your writing. That changes — tonight.
Missed you. Nice to be back.