RonO (rono_60103) wrote,

Big Bang

Today I am working from home.

Derrick, without knowing what he was saying, repeated an insult he learned from one of our neighbor's (we'd been warned about their language, but hadn't been able to determine if he was hanging out with the kids who used bad language or not). However, the insult is very obscene and graphic -- it is a fairly common insult that is literally an invitation for oral intercourse -- and extremely inappropriate for any elementary school, and completely out of bounds at a conservative Christian school. So he got suspended for two days, and I get to work from home Today (as well as yesterday which was a school holiday and part of Monday)

Just before noon, I heard a loud "bang" and the screen on my monitor reacted like it had just been degaussed. The bang was loud enough to make me jump. After calming the dog and talking to Derrick briefly I looked out the window to the sub-station on the next hill (less than 1/4 mile) and could see smoke. From Derrick's window I was able to confirm that there were workers there, so I didn't feel I needed to call SDG&E (and try to fight through their menu to find the right place for that report). So I started to return to work.

However, I couldn't. My connection to work had dropped. When I tried to reestablish I couldn't connect. After a bit of playing, I finally determined that my router needed to be reset. Since this is the oldest piece of equipment in my network -- and I may not be able to get a replacement without "upgrading" to a less friendly and possibly less stable unit -- I was glad that it only had to be reset to start working again.


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