Late Breaking News!!!
The nice fellas returned while we were at work today. Luckily Grandma was on the job. There was no wind so they checked it out all and confirmed that we do indeed have a good signal.Â Can’t get an installation date for 2 weeks but hey, we’re on the list. Yipee!!!
Thanks a million squillion for helping me from around the world with broadband vibes. I just know that you tipped the scales in my favour!
I know my blog buddies have been on pins and needles about my quest for broadband. Now, there is even money resting on it. The tension is unbearable. Who will find a signal first? Kyahgirl or Romerican? One, in the middle of a canola field in Alberta, one in the bureaucratic hinterlands of Romania. Its a nail biter folks.
The new company I’m trying, Alberta Communications, sent their two technicians out today. I ended up being at home because I got some kind of flu and was sick as a dog for most of Sunday and part of today.
Now Karma and Inexplicable Device, I don’t want you to get your hopes up. There will be no tool wavers coming your way. One fellow, very circumspectly climbed up on the roof with a big receiver and the other fellow hollered numbers to him from the van. This went on for quite some time. Unfortunately, we had gale force winds this afternoon so to the one from the roof came down and said ‘I’m quite sure i can get you a signal with a 3 foot tripod but we’ll have to come back on a calm day, I just about got blown off.’ As I don’t want the life of the nice technician on my hands, I agreed. We had a bit of a discussion about the tower at Hunter’s Hill. If you look at the picture below, you see the view to the southeast from the front corner of my house.
Behind that screen of trees there is a hill of gravel. There was an active gravel pit in their years ago but the company owning the land is supposed to come and take the rest of the gravel then remediate the land. They can get a signal on our roof, just past the left side of that hill. Yay. Now, I tend to think that if something can go wrong, it will, so I’m not calling it done until the system is installed. I hope to God a quiet and windless* day arrives before I pull all my hair out.
* when my brother David first came to visit me in Alberta about 15 years ago he was here for a couple of days then exclaimed ‘jeepers** Laura, how do you stand living here? the wind never stops blowing!’
** wondering if David will come forward and tell you all he’s never used the word ‘jeepers’ in his life