Depending on how you look at it, being alone can either be great or detrimental to doing things. On Saturday I really wanted to go to Avondale Estates for Frühlingsfest, but I got a late start on the morning due to the cold temperatures and by the time I returned home I still had to shower before considering going back out. Though sunny it was still chilly outside, and when I thought about the things I liked doing at Frühlingsfest they revolved around hanging with someone drinking beer while wandering the festival. Not only was I flying solo on Saturday but I was in no mood to drink (shocking, I know), and as you probably guessed sentences ago, I did not attend. I’m a little verklempt that I skipped, because I still wish to support Goethe, but I just couldn’t convince myself to go.

I know that I whine a lot about price increases, especially since I am earning no money, but I am getting worn out by them. This weekend I received an email alerting me that the service behind RoadID will go from $9.99/year to $19.99/year, a 100% increase. While $20/year is affordable, I am miffed at such a significant increase with no explanation of what I will get for the additional fee.

Recall that I whined about the 11% increase in my homeowners insurance recently? It seems that I was whining about a rise last year as well; this was a comment I made on March 14, 2022:

It’s been a (scheduled) expensive day already. I paid my house insurance today, and in reviewing this process see that my policy went up $150 for the same coverage. Argh!

Same as it ever was…

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

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30 Responses to 2023-03-20

  1. steve says:

    Wordle in 4 and had 4 out of 5 right in 3!

    Saturday, I rode to Columbus as the BMW dealer had the demo truck there. I also wanted to find the dealership, which I hadn’t been to yet. There were a fleet of various models to demo and I picked one I was curious about. We followed one of the staff out for a 15 mile ride. My little bike was doing all it could to keep up at times. I just barely fit on it, so much so my feet didn’t naturally find the shifter or rear brake. It was fun to ride something different- which made me appreciate my own bike more. As you stated, it was cold on Saturday and I wasn’t really dressed for it. After I got home, I spent a good half hour in the hot tub warming up!

    Sunday was a chore day. Repaired a gate, said goodbye to the tomato plants, repurposed some of the tomato dirt to fill some holes (F’ing armadillo!) and spread some grass seed.

    Re-watched “Trouble with the Curve”- Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams (Grrrr) and some eye candy for Debbie. If you remember, they shot some scenes at Georges but never used them.


    • I’ve missed something, what is this BMW “truck”?

      After killing all of my pepper seedlings I started again yesterday. I still have not made a planting plan for WLF 2023. Might be mulling that over this week now that Atlanta may be out of the freezing weather zone (no guarantees of course) for this planting season.

      I have no recollection of that movie, though I rarely regret watching anything with Amy Adams in it.

      • steve says:

        BMW North America has a big semi full of scooters they travel to dealers and big motorcycle gatherings (Daytona, Sturgis) and let you take a ride on one. I sorta expected to see it at the national rally last year, but no. Maybe they thought that was preaching to the choir?

  2. After having too many dead spots with my, now ancient, Apple WiFi access point I am considering purchasing some Eero mesh network hardware, even though they are now owned by Amazon. Opinions?

    • steve says:

      We have the T-mobile AP and from it I run cable to the man cave- not mesh, just driving a second AP. When I retire, I might consider adding another one in the house, (as the Verizon hot spot will be returned to the bank) but I’m not sure there is much advantage to mesh vs a second AP.

    • Barb says:

      none – as that was geek speak I do not understand. 😉

    • HamWithCam says:

      I concur with Steve, unless I misunderstand the layout of the ITP Estate, a mesh would add little.

      Go for a decent 6e WAP (consider ASUS. Amazon, Micro Center, etc.) to replace your ancient Apple deal. Perhaps in your (centrally located) LR? You have a wire to that location, right?

      Your current smartphone might not be able to enjoy 6e, but one day it will.

      I can’t recall what your current (ATT?) ISP provides you? Gig speeds?
      If so, make sure any switches (and your router) are Gig.

      73 de JG/HamWithCam

      • My access point is fairly centrally located, but in the far reaches of the house I often drop WiFi. In my phone it kicks to 5G(ish) on my iPad and laptop I have to wait for it to come back.

        I’m still ATT for everything, and admittedly don’t know the capacity of their modem.

  3. Barb says:

    Paulie – are you still coming over for Survivor tonight?

    Weekend was busy enough – Saturday we decided to walk to do errands – to the post office then Sam’s – it was a 6+ mile walk. It was a chilly wind – but not unbearable. Skipped the Green Dress Pine Lake, and after seeing a few pictures, it wasn’t all that green with everyone bundled up.

    Sunday Davey & I went & wandered the Alpharetta Greenway for about 5 miles, I had thought about going to Wheelhopper, but my tweaked knee would not enjoy getting on & off the mtn bike. Then – standing around in the cold drinking beer, it just wasn’t going to happen. Sal told me they had an ending spot out of the wind, so oh well, I missed it.

  4. Sally says:

    Wordl in 6. Had two letters in the right spot but too many options. Looking forward to Survivor night and Allan’s post roast. :). Bringing Wee some puzzles. Wheelhopper was fun, although I did the short and not the long. The one dude on an E-bike was DFL. hahahah. Quiet with no dogs to tend. Finally finished my taxes. Looking forward to warmer weather.

  5. Barb says:

    Pollen count isn’t all that high today, but DAMN my eyes are itching. I’ve got to stop rubbing my eyes

  6. David says:

    Wordle in 4 today. No yellow squares at all. I had two letters in the correct position in one starting with [REDACTED], 3 letters in the correct position in 2, 4 letters in the correct position in 3, and then finally finished it out in 4.

    Saturday was a monster day. I started out driving my daughter to the state mock trial competition in Lawrenceville to drop her off at 7:45. I headed back in from the hinterlands to walk with my friend Craig, who showed me The Reynolds, a new coffeeshop on the border of Cabbagetown/Reynoldstown. We walked to Inman Park, and decided on breakfast at The Daily (my second time there last week). Back home to get my dance shoes and swimming gear. Dance class was going through the 9 universal steps of dance, then I picked up Jamie to go to the Y. Swimming has been progressing, I did three laps on my back for the first time. After swimming Jamie and I walked for a bit, tossed a frisbee, and had pizza and beer at Fellini’s. The temperature dropped precipitously while we ate, which took the wind out of my sails. I went home and had an epsom salt soak until it was time to drive back out to Lawrenceville to pick up my daughter. The competition was supposed to be done by 8:00 and got pushed to 9:00. I was there at 9:00 and had to wait an hour until it wrapped at 10:00 PM. After dropping off one of her teammates in Morningside we went for a late dinner at R. Thomas. I haven’t eaten there in probably 15 years, but it popped in my brain as a potential late night dining spot (COVID killed most of them off or at least shrank operating hours). It was a lot, but it was a great day. I definitely dialed things back some yesterday.

  7. Lol just got a text:

    Hi {NAME}, interested in selling {ADDRESS}?

    Someone needs to learn about their software…

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