I took the car into Les Schwab again for a slow leak and a nail was found in the front tire. I think the nail was in the tire causing the slow leak but when the tire was off the car the nail actually plugged the hole enough not to release bubbles when the tire was checked. While Les Schwab tires can be a bit higher than some, they really back up their work and warranty no questions asked! I also liked that Les Schwab offered a free wi-fi connection that worked great with my kindle fire.
Wi-fi may become the new local way connect to the internet or create a Intranet or WAN (Wide Area Network) as the gatekeepers lose control. I want to go digital over Ham radio waves some people have satellite up-links for internet and some people still have old style modems that can work over telephone land lines. The basics of the internet was an information highway designed via the concept of so much redundancy that info/communication could get through in a nuclear war. While I’m not sure about wi-fi or how well most electronics will survive in a Carrington Event, CME or nuclear war. Outside of those events an average person can build a simple email or chat server at home using old PC’s and a Unix type software that is free of charge. Most ‘”old school” PC gamers have set up a simple LAN (Local Area Network) and perhaps a game server. Different software but the concept is the same. I know for a fact that any one with a router and XP software can assign 256 unique addresses in a Local area network or LAN. I bet when you connect to your wireless network you see 2-5 networks you could connect to if you have the password/encryption. Each of those networks could handle 256 users. Now if every one jumps online at the same time the “data pipeline” gets slow and iffy. Within the original network of router info/ data will work at a 10/100 megabit rate if not higher. Could I pay for a big data pipe and stream movies? Yes I could or I could simply lend out my physical DVD movies to my neighbors for a movie night!
I got the raised beds tilled and Mom raked tonight just ahead of the rain. While we do have a few environmental wacko’s Idaho has a very strong lobby for agriculture. Plus Idaho has a very proactive water works than tends to think of worse case scenarios but will adapt based on weather. I know last year the irrigation for farms looked pretty iffy and the government irrigation stated a hard min. in May of available water unless we got rain in August and September. I will get a late start on my garden but I have collected a lot of rain water via my barrels. Mulch heavily and try to put your water where it can do the most good. I have seen droughts for several years in the mid-west and southeast and no one give a damn unless grocery prices skyrocket and the MSM accuse farmers of price gouging.
Good news both beef and pork prices are starting to drop. Chicken is very low cost but I believe stores are clearing out inventory of older chicken before a big price spike up in dollars via avian flu. No, I do not trust the MSM about turkey prices this fall. I think whole turkey $1.59 per pound will be a bargain this summer and be consider a great buy/steal this fall. I might be wrong in my forecast about prices. So you need to look at “dollar cost averaging”. I have a small turkey in the freezer I bought for $.99 per pound. I bought another big turkey 15 pounds at $1.49 per pound. My total cost per pound is about $1.30 or a bit less.
Of course the story is there will be plenty of turkey for the holiday meals though it may be a bit more expensive!! But everyone will be able to afford that extra turkey cost because…. If you are poor and can’t afford a turkey you are just a slacker and terrible American!