*Cough* Revisited

[Editor’s note: For purposes of contextual coherence, it may be useful to know that this post originally appeared on the manually-edited homepage of synthetik.org before being folded into this blog. -KM]

Well, it certainly has been busy lately. Let’s see if I can condense this into something that can be read in less than an hour.

I received an e-mail from my internet service provider (ISP), Volaris, that in seven days, my dial-up account would automatically be transferred to Earthlink. After doing the math, I found that this transition would have approximately cost 85 extra dollars annually. Yes, I understand that dial-up internet connections are an obsolete, dying technology that will probably be phased out within the next 10 years, but obviously if I’m griping about an $85 a year price increase, I would gripe even more about paying $40 a month for broadband access.

Anyway, in lieu of this unfortunate news, I set out to find a new ISP. VCI.net was my best choice, since they offer pricing structures that are nearly identical to those Volaris had. There hasn’t been too much of a degradation in service, either, so I’m satisfied for now, even though I’m still upset that Volaris sold off it’s dial-up customer base to Earthlink only a year after it purchased my original ISP, Apex.net (based locally).

So here we were cruising along on our new internet provider, thinking life was okay again, until I got sick, AGAIN. I seriously have absolutely no idea why I have gotten sick so much this year. I used to get sick only once or twice a year, however this year I have gotten sick twice within a month’s time. What’s worse is that this sickness came right during the week that I’m having to pull 45+ hours at work because our general manager is out of town, so calling in sick is out of the question (not that I would anyway – I’m broke, blast it!).

On the lighter side of things, Kristopher is starting to talk. We’re able to coax a “Dada” and sometimes a “Mama” out of him. He also says “Hey” a lot but we really didn’t want to count that as a first word.

Tabitha is getting preparations in order for hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, since Thanksgiving is one of my two guaranteed days off each year. Words cannot describe how much I’m looking forward to that. I’ve gained more weight than I want to admit since I began to eat Tabitha’s cooking, and I’m sort of on a diet right now, but it doesn’t look like I’m going to meet my end-of-the-year goal. :( Oh well, at least I’ll fail with a satisfied stomach. ;)

In the small amount of free time that I’ve had, I have been piecing together several old computer parts in an effort to create another working computer (rephrased: I’ve been playing Dr. Frankenstein). The system itself is working fine, however for some reason it refuses to take an installation of Mandrake Linux (an operating system alternative to Micro$oft Windows) without locking up. Oh well. In time I will have success.