rural area

Mojo Versus the Phone Companies

So Mojo has sadly resigned herself to the fact that the Evil V will never, ever EVER give her DSL internet.

Mojo is okay with reality. She doesn't spend too much time moping or wishing things were different or droning endless affirmations reflecting how she would like her life to be under the delusion that doing so will somehow change things. She is happy enough with her MiFi, and for any HUGE uploads she goes visiting other people under the pretense that she likes them, when really she just wants to jump on their wireless to upload another pointless YouTube video. It's what she calls a "social life".

But after hearing a happy tale from a luckier person (who we suspect is just throwing her extreme internet happiness in Mojo's face, but once again whatcha gonna do), she thought she'd see if Evil V's competitor, AT&T, might be willing to supply home phone and internet. So she goes to AT&T's site and plugs in her address to see if any form of high speed internet is available in her area. More Mojo!>>

Weird Hissy Noise....

So I'm sitting here in my bathrobe early this morning working on the computer (and I use the term "working" in its loosest sense; really "goofing off" would be just as descriptive) when I become aware of this regular sound in the distance. It is like a regular, occasional, far-off hiss. It sounds to my ears exactly like the noise spinning tires make on gravel when you hear them from a distance. And the fact that it keeps repeating leads me to believe that someone has gotten their car stuck on the side of the road.

Now, since we live in a very rural area, we are not too keen on strangers pulling over on the side of the road and getting stuck, since many times these strangers are up to no good. Locals know better--the very deep ditches on the side of the road look okay, but the bottoms are actually quite soft mud and if your wheel gets in it chances are it will stay in it. So the only ones who get stuck tend to be strangers who just pull over for whatever reason they pull over. More Mojo!>>

"Smell My Shoe"

One of the interesting joys of living in a very rural area is the different conversations you hear. Right now all the sheep in town are lambing, so that's all the sheep owners are talking about. A very experienced and knowledgable Sheep Expert works at the library, so it's not uncommon to encounter this sort of discussion.

A worried sheep owner comes in. Pleasantries are exchanged. She is asked by the Sheep Expert if her ewe has lambed yet. No, not yet, we are told. But this morning there was "discharge".

What sort of discharge? she is asked. The Sheep Expert perks up.

Well, I will spare those who haven't eaten breakfast yet, and just say that we are then treated to a very graphic description of all the possible discharges a female sheep can discharge. And after comparing this knowledge to this particular discharge, we were then treated to a quick sheep anatomy lesson on the back of the sign-up sheet for the library "Friends" group. I now know more about sheep than I ever thought I cared to. Plus our "Friends" sign-up sheet will never be the same, I fear. But that is another issue altogether. More Mojo!>>

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