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Progress.... [Apr. 19th, 2010|08:33 am]
John
Okay - I finally - Finally! - figured out the phone wiring in my house. I have one point of access. Okay, technically, I have two skinny copper wires that I put into a box in a very sloppy manner (a rank apprentice would be ashamed - but I'm not even an apprentice, so I'm satisfied). I have dial tone. I had suspected I might want a low voltage contractor to come in and put together good phone and network cabling, and I just might do that.

I now have phone and internet. Now, all I need is mail. Yes, *mail*. USPS. And I have to figure out what the bloody blue blazes is up with them saying my mailbox (which is like every other mailbox on the street) is non-regulation.

(Interestingly, I did get one piece of mail - my security deposit from my apartment complex! - but nothing else. I didn't think return of security deposits actually existed - I thought that was a myth. )

I have electric through the house. The electric isn't exactly *done*, but I can make espresso now. I don't exactly have the house organizable yet, but I'm getting there.

And I have to remind my contractor that there's one rule that over-rides all others. The Cat Does Not Get Out. You Do Not Leave A Path Through Which The Cat Might Get Out. The Home Owner Has A Deep And Abiding Respect For Human Life, But That Becomes Somewhat Hypothetical When Some Damn Fool Lets His Cat Out After Repeated Warnings That She May Never Come Back.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2010-04-19 01:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the cat is safe. Also glad that you can get a post put in easily. My problem was stupider than yours. My mailbox is actually down the street, and no one could tell me a) which one was mine and b) how to get a key. A bunch of my mail ended up getting returned.

Sometimes I think They make moving as hard as possible on purpose.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-04-20 01:41 pm (UTC)
Nod. And, IMHO, a reason not to run things "like a business". Some stuff makes sense (yeah, okay, good idea to keep people from having to climb steps a hundred times a day), but other stuff? Face it, the best business model for the post office would be gangboxes four to a block (one for each side of the street).

No, the post office should be a public service, trying to run at break-even, but generally subsidized.
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