Caretaker Report – Week 12 "Rain, Rain, Go Away"
March 3, 2011 | 1637 Views
Internet’s down. Again. I’m waiting for a heartbeat. It’s been 3 hours now and nothing. The monitor shows a slight change in numbers but it’s not stable yet. Nothing you can do except get another cup of coffee and wait.
While technology allows us to have access to the World Wide Web without being tied into the mainstream grid, nature still rules. The satellite is a finicky piece of equipment. Doesn’t like the rain and when a 5 day forecast can read something like: light rain, scattered showers, cloudy with showers, isolated showers and heavy rain it’s a wonder we do connect.
Heavy cloud cover, snow or hail can also play havoc with the signal. Yet there are days it could be raining cats & dogs and we have no problem, go figure. Line of sight is everything. I think it’s kinda odd that we can nail a satellite dish to a tree and receive a signal from a orbiting satellite hundreds of miles above the earth yet a branch that has grown just that little bit more can disrupt the entire operation.
I have a friend, who knows exactly what I am talking about. She was telling me how her internet goes down when the PALM TREES swaying in the warm tropical breeze disrupt the signal. My mind sort of wandered at the mention of palm trees. Visions of walking barefoot on white sand beaches, turquoise water and the requisite tall fruity drink with an umbrella in, it took over. Whether it’s a palm frond or a reaching branch from a 50ft hemlock we share a common problem.
Friday night we had a visitor. Didn’t stay long, just ate and ran. Messy eater.
Not sure whether he will show up again but he’s well known here at the OP, if he should return I hope to see him, from a distance of course, nothing up close and personal is necessary. This fellow has a reputation of being a mean old black bear.
Somebody, OK me, didn’t secure the door of the incinerator 100%. Following a trail of garbage I came to a clearing where he must have sat down and licked clean half a doz pudding cups and and a molasses container. I guess this answers the question that bears really do sit in the woods.
A caretaker’s life can involve any number of jobs to be done. Today we spent the afternoon in the attic. Clean and well lit as far as attics go. Didn’t come across any mummified critters or hairy legged creepy spiders, good thing cause spiders give me the heebie-jeebies.
Our task was to haul down bags of insulation which are needed at one of the other lodges. Fifty-eight in total, now have to be brought down to the crew’s shack where they will await a plane. Going to be interesting to see just how many we can stuff into the “Beaver”. The “Christmas” plane is coming in next week bringing with it not only produce plus treats and presents for the holiday season but also Roger, Robert and our boss, Ken.
Till next week,
Heather & Mike