The weather is NOT this!
The weather is NOT this!
Hope you all slept well (mornin’ honey “smack-smack”)
Unfortunately this sunny, unseasonably warm day is going to turn into a nasty mess before the weekend is over. That’s right folks, the Northeast Kingdom is going to do her thing and slam us from 50 degrees and sunny to cold and snowy she’ll do it in the time it takes you to turn around. Ah well, it is the season and all that.
Speaking of the weekend it’s going to take until then I get a handle on the workings of this business and I’m sure the page is going to look fairly amusing from time to time. I believe in messin’ around with things in order to find out how things work so I’m sure the site going to reflect that mess for awhile.
In the meantime,
Have an ordinary day?.
Please note: I’ve had to switch over from my original “Conversation Lost” blog to this one and have lost the comment refered to below. My thanks again to “Anonymous” for the link and the question.
I seem to have attracted a friend by the name of Anonymous concerning my recent posts on energy. Alright, so it could be anyone but this particular anonymous came up with a couple of good comments; a question for my entry “If old man winter had teeth” which addressed my statement that “Vermont, like other states with a similar type landscape have some of the highest electric rates in the union” and an excellent resource link concerning solar power (Alternative energy, Jan, 23rd). If someone wants to know about solar power anywhere in the country this is the link to go to:
And on “If old man winter had teeth” the question was: ” Doesn’t the news keep telling Vermonters that they have some of the LOWEST electric rates in the area?”
Of course it is or he/she wouldn’t have asked it.
Answer: Right and wrong. If you look at the State by State electric rate table for September, 2005 (updated Dec 21st, 2005) at the Official Nebraska Government website: http://www.neo.ne.gov/statshtml/115.htm, Vermont does have the lowest rate in the New England area with the exception of Maine so anonymous was essentially correct however, Vermont is still in the top ten in the nation for the states with the highest electric rates at 10.98 cents per killowatthour which is 2.36 cents above the national average which places Vermont at a solid #10. That is if you read the list from the bottom up the bottom being the highest.
The news, as usual only tells you what it wants you to hear. It was the right question though. I wondered about the same thing myself.
Check out those links, you might find them interesting.
Was just looking around at solar/wind power possibilities that are available for the home. Found one from “Home Power Magazine“. Thought I’d post it just for grins.
One of the things about living up in the Northeast kingdom, among other things like the six solid months of hard winter, is learning to do without. We don’t have convenience stores around every corner for instance and you usually have to set aside a whole day if you want to go shopping at a major super market or big box store since those are pretty scarce around here. Basically the only thing you can “run out to” is the local general/convenience store ’cause there’s usually one within 20 miles or so.
The other thing you don’t readily get up here is things like wide spread cable so satellite is the only way to go and getting a local broadcast station like channel 3 out of Burlington with an antennae is right out since the hills tend to get in the way so satellite has to do that too if you can actually convince the boneheads that “NO…I CANNOT receive local channels, I don’t care what your @###@@!!! computer says!!!”. With that comes the interesting fact that no matter how far up in the hills you may wander you’ll most likely come across someone or twos or threes or whatever the case may be, living in some double wide or prefab and 9 times out of 10 there’ll be a satellite dish on top of it. Or maybe two or three.
Another thing you might be surprised to find up here are a growing number of home computers. Vermonters tend to be information hogs. It pays to be informed ya’ know so you might not only find a computer sitting on a well organized desk in the 200 year old farmhouse but you’ll probably find it online also which leads to another “do without”.
You might find it interesting to know that dial-up internet was a new thing up here just a few years ago and DSL was nonexistent. Vermont’s phone system has always been a bit behind the times. I mean, we just got a working, complete 911 system about 6 years ago and there still ain’t no such thing as 411 at all. Sure, dial up was “available” back then but a long distance call for most folks, lousy throughput and always subject to weather. Now-a-days you usually have dial up available where you live that’s still subject to local phone charges which are usually billed at a a higher per minute rate than long distance, has lousy throughput and weather still knocks it out.
Verizon just offered DSL to the folks that live in Newport proper at a more than reasonable rate which really pissed off the competition to no end which is why I even have this blog in the first place so I’m playing around with possibilities so things might get a little strange at times.
Anyway, the ice they promised is here and still coming down so I guess we’re trapped in the house which really isn’t such a bad place to be trapped at all.