I found the last hotel chain to update its rooms. The Hampton Inn, on Technology Parkway, had no USB ports in the room! “We’ve not updated these rooms.” the people at the front desk said. “Not in the past fifteen years?” I retorted? I had packed the cables I needed, assuming that I could plug them into the room’s USB outlets. Thankfully my friend Bill had a AC adapter with USB that I could borrow.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was SPLIT

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58 Responses to 2022-09-26

  1. Happy Birthday to Debbie!

  2. NYT Mini Crossword in 0:47

    Feeling a bit sluggish today.

    • Barb says:

      thanks to David’s start word hint, starting with Paulie’s word, I got Wordle in 4.
      Mini – had to use the google.

  3. While I wait to see if Hurricane Ian will strike the Florida west coast near my mother’s house, I have been in contact with my friend Tamara who got stuck on vacation in Nova Scotia waiting out the hurricane which made its way that far north the other day.

    Ian may also change my weekend plans to ride over near Augusta on Sunday, depending on its northward path.

  4. David says:

    I am getting about tired of Wordle. Started with BLEAK. Had four correct letters in 2. Needed 2 more tries to close it out.

    I did the Mini last night, when I was exhausted, and it took 1:19.

    Feels like you fell into a time-warp with that hotel. “USB? We don’t need no stinkin’ USB!”

    I migrated to the IPhone 14 Pro yesterday, which has an Esim card. Nice in theory but I “upgraded” my daughter’s phone and so it took an hour at the AT&T store to get her number off of my new phone while not disabling her number. In the end she needed a new physical SIM card. She gets my iPhone 12, her iPhone 11 rolls down to her brother. If it weren’t for this daisy-chain that I do, I’d say nuthin’ to see here on the 14. I haven’t tried the camera yet. My wife will get the 15 next year and the cycle will continue for a few more years until both kids age out. The 14 does feel faster. There is that. And it’s unblemished, for now. The Pro does have the “dynamic island” instead of the notch, but it spends most of its time displaying a simulation of the notch, which feels goody. The 14 Pro does have an always on display to show the time, plus a single row of widgets that you can barely make out.

    • I’m still liking Wordle. I am finding it interesting to work out the answer based on common English letter combinations.

      I think I will upgrade to the 14 Pro, but there is this lack of salary thing hanging over my head when I have a perfectly-fine XS for which I owe no money.

    • Barb says:

      damn they are advertising the hell out of that 14 pro. I have a 12, so I really don’t need the new one, but they sure make me want it.

    • Bob says:

      I just ordered a 14 Pro to replace my XS, figured it was time and it looks like a really nice upgrade. I’ll know next week.

  5. Steve says:

    So the good news from the doctor visit Friday was I’m released to exercise! I celebrated by riding 17 on the CX bike. Except for a burning in my lungs from not doing much heavy breathing, it felt pretty good.

    Good neighbor Steve brought his big machine down for a little tree work Saturday. The smaller one went over on first try, but the BIG one required digging out the root ball first. There was high pucker factor, as that was a big tree! It went right where we were aiming and then the work of slicing it all up began. He took a lot of the small stuff to cut into firewood and left the trunk stacked up. It was all my 24″ chain saw could do to cut that stuff. it might have been overall dead, but it wasn’t going down without a fight. Yesterday, I finished most of the cleanup and just have to get some seed down before the hurricane!


    • Woot for your follow up!

      Wow. Yeah, it will be “interesting” to see how the trees around here fare. Hopefully nothing damages WLF, and only damages things on the ITP Estate for which I can file a large insurance claim.

    • Barb says:

      Great news on the doctor front.

      Slicing up a big tree is a work out – do you have a friend with a splitter to get the rest of it done?

  6. Haven’t made it to the roof yet. I still consider it too early to use a leaf blower.

    I have worked up a sweat shoveling up all of the debris on my curb, anticipating a lot of water running down the street later this week.

  7. Steve says:

    Wordle in 3! Mini FAIL!!! Just not worth the energy.

  8. Barb says:

    I really haven’t been paying attention to this hurricane, I guess we (as in Allan) ought to be sure the gutters aren’t clogged up.

    Weekend was busy – traffic was hell leaving at 4:30, took over 2.5 hrs to get to Hartwell. Since we were just going to be there Friday night, didn’t pay, and drank our own beverages. No unusual shenanigans. Cool dead log with the inside rotten out – made excellent chimney like flames shooting out the top.

    Saturday headed to Lake Keowee for a Parrothead afternoon Trop Rock concert (they call it a party with a purpose) – they had a big crowd at this very nice lakehouse, and raised over $7000 for a local food pantry. (silent auction & raffle). Weather was perfect – music was good (trop rock is now its own genre?) & there was a ton of good food.
    Spent the night at our friends house after, swimming in the lake as it got dark got cold, it is late September.

  9. Barb says:

    In case anyone hadn’t heard – Tripod had heart attack (or something) Friday – he’s been on a ventilator since, it isn’t sounding good at all.
    There may be another hash funeral coming up unfortunately.

  10. Jenka says:

    Happy Monday! The big thing from this weekend is that our new fridge got delivered. It’s really nice.

    Saturday we went to the Strut, which was a huge disappointment. They don’t even close the streets anymore?! WTF?! Apparently they save money for the charity by not bothering to do all the things that make it fun. What’s the point?

    Sunday was Kevin’s birthday but he wanted to do dinner on Saturday, so we went to Nan on Saturday evening. It’s been years since I’ve been there and it holds up! My dinner was amazing. Sunday we went to The Big Game on Ralph McGill to watch football and drink beer, Kevin’s most favorite activity! That place is really nice, but SO LOUD.

  11. I’m going to have to sink a lot of money into repair/renovation of the ITP Estate in 2023. Or, sell it “as is” and start a new life somewhere else.

    • David says:

      If it were me I would sell as is and take the money and run. Any time you do anything to an old house you run the risk of pulling a thread and unravelling far more than you bargain for.

      • While I agree I have a lot of my time and effort invested in WLF and don’t knowing I have the will to start from scratch. Besides, I have no idea where I’d go, but it would most likely be out of Atlanta, and perhaps Georgia, which means I really would be starting life over at nearly 58.

        • Barb says:

          I’d do a few things, to make it visually a better place to sell, but if you do big expensive things, not sure if it will be worth it. So many have become tear down & rebuilds with older houses, you might just be spending money that doesn’t need to be spent.

          As for where to go, that’s a tough one. Need to find a new job & do it that way.

        • I am probably still not in the proper mindset to make big life decisions.

        • David says:

          I may well be starting my life over in the coming months. Age is just a number. I want to make the most of the remaining years that I have left, so whatever it takes will be whatever it takes.

    • Bob says:

      Tough call, although you do have some ghosts in that house that you can move away from. Good time to sell but good luck finding something else right now.

  12. Admittedly just did an incredibly half-assed job on the roof, but that is as much risk as I am willing to assume today.

  13. Barb says:

    Found out last night our fancy high end range hood fan isn’t working.
    I like the places you buy high end stuff from.
    Called our salesman, he gave me all the info I need to get it fixed, emailed me a copy of the invoice with the install date, & the people to call to fix it. It is still under warranty, so this may not cost a fortune. They will submit the warranty info to the company, I should know by tomorrow when we can set up the repair.
    I might have to keep buying way too expensive appliances. So far, this may not be a total PITA.

    • Bob says:

      Sometimes you do get what you pay for, and in this case it’s the service you paid for. Should go smooth with the right team involved.

    • David says:

      My fancy Miele dishwasher has been worth every penny. It’s a bit finicky so we had a couple of repair calls related to things we didn’t know we shouldn’t do (like yank the door open after a cycle instead of pushing it in first) but all of that was covered (even though it was our fault) and we’ve been good to go now that we know the nuances.

  14. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with SALET, those MIT folks are pretty smart. Using this as my starting word has been working out really well. I don’t want to talk about the Mini.

    Fun weekend of birthday festivities. Yesterday morning I went out with a basset pack that was hunting rabbits. Hunting bassets look a lot like beagles. You follow them on foot rather than horseback. At one point it sounded like a fight had broken out among them, but they were actually fighting with an armadillo. It was fun to see them go, apparently, they are one of the premier packs in the country.

    The new horse arrives today. Happy Birthday to me!

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