The icy bluegreen edge of January

Posted on January 6, 2010

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That’s the Bay these mornings – an icy soup near the shore and a lot of cold, cold waves pushing in from the north.  No way I’m walking along the beach with the dogs until things settle down.  But there’s plenty to see on the road.  For example, yesterday morning we exchanged pleasantries with Dee Grammer, who delivers numerous advertising circulars and the occasional present to our mailbox.

We said our daily hello and yes-it-is-a-little-nippy to Running Man, who covers the same morning territory much faster than we do. Miss Sadie and the Cowboy would like to move that fast, but they can’t drag me at speed, even on the ice.

Most interesting of all, we had a nice chat with Anonymous Cable Guy, who has been in the business a long time and has the presence of mind to travel with dog treats in his pockets. From him I learned a great many dismal facts about the lack of highspeed internet hereabouts, even though there is fiber optic cable right there where I can see it.  The problem, it turns out, is the lack of appropriate–and apparently very expensive–transmitters all along the route.  What is in place now offers one-way transmission, suitable for television.  Internet use requires two-way transmission–I should say so!–and that awaits significant investment.  My work is cut out for me. 

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