Outside It Goes

We mentioned that Andy’s Garmin doesn’t work well in the house, presumably because of our fancy windows. So he put it outside on the woodpile so the antenna can receive signals and Andy can still look to see if there is a flashing green light indicating a new message. He has even heard it ring while he was in the house.

He was concerned about how to protect it from snow in the winter, and it seems to work fine inside this jar.

As usual, we will have to see.


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Miscommunication II


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Miscommunication I

The latest Reader’s Digest had this presumably true anecdote:

Four servicemen in Japan went into a restaurant and were served by a waitress with limited English. The first guy looked at the menu and said,

I’ll have the steak.

The second one said,

Make that two.

The third one said,

Make that three.

And the fourth one said,

Make that four.

In due time the waitress came back with the steaks. One for the first fellow, two for the second, three for the third, and four for the fourth.


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Prepositions and Pronouns

Of course 2 and 4 are prepositions, and u is a pronoun. It’s the teacher who needs to be educated.


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Do you think it’s more fun being a child than an adult? My folks thought so, and I was delighted when I discovered it wasn’t true for me.


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Different Rules for Different Folks



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Social Media


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It Works!

The Garmin InReach arrived Friday afternoon, which was a pleasant surprise. We figured out how to use it, and Andy set it on tracking before he left for the land yesterday. It notes his location every 10 minutes. In the picture below the blue lines are part of his drive up to the land, the others are when he took his walk. I could see the data on the MapShare website in real time. The arrowhead is when he was at the house.

I added numbers to the screen shot to show where he went on his walk.

He started at the house, walked past the shed (approximately Point 1) and down our old driveway (which appears as white and includes point 2). When he got to the intersection with what we call Brackeen’s Road (the one we used years ago before we built our new one), he turned to his left, right on the map, and walked along the road to Points 3 and 4. Then he turned around and walked back, going down to the orchard, Point 5, and back on the road to Point 6. Coming back he went back to the intersection with our old driveway and walked up it a bit to a path that goes by our old greenhouse. The tracking points don’t show his path, one has to know the area a bit. I zoomed in on Point 7 to show he walked right by the old greenhouse.

Presumably we would have a more detailed view if we checked sooner than every 10 minutes — or if he walked a lot slower 🙂 — but more frequent checking would greatly increase the cost, and it’s not worth it to us. We’re just thrilled that the messages he sends to me actually get sent (unlike Verizon) and that the device is as accurate as it is in showing his position. Also I don’t have to use my cellphone to send texts to him, I can email them from my computer or iPad. That’s another plus.

What a difference a week makes. It was last Sunday that he fell and we decided we needed to have a new system. It’s been one successful week.

Update: Oh, oh. Andy came home after I wrote this. He says it doesn’t work well in the house. He had hoped putting it the window pointing towards the sky would be enough, but we have double-pane windows, presumably with a heat reflecting layer. That means he might not get my texts until he goes outside. We still have more work to do, but I’m still glad we’re trying it. We may also have lost connection on the last part of his way home. It didn’t know he was home until he put it out on the porch. We will keep you posted.


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Times Like These

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.
—Paul Harvey

A kakistocracy (English pronunciation) is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was coined as early as the 17th century. It was also used by English author Thomas Love Peacock in 1829, but gained significant usage in the 21st century.

Sigh. Do you think it helps to know our problems aren’t unique?


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