Archive for February, 2013

TiVo not transferring recordings—problem solved (sort of)

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

I spent a couple of hours wrestling with TiVo, because programs had stopped automatically transferring to my computer sometime last week. Long story short, I'm not the only one—it's affecting everyone. Some kind of time bomb in one of the Tivo desktop programs (curl.exe) caused permission for transfers to expire ...

From Naples to Pigeon Key to Ft. Pierce to Port Wentworth

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

I'm at the Comfort Suites on Travel Way in Port Wentworth, Georgia. Last night, I was in the Comfort Suites on Metal Drive in Fort Pierce, Florida. The internet speed in Ft. Pierce was dreadfully slow—about 200 to 300K—maybe 500K at most. In contrast, the internet speed here is 18M… ...

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Friday, February 15th, 2013

This morning, I began the day by taking a walk to the beach… about 7 miles. While at the beach, a wave washed a $20 bill right to my feet as high tide was coming in. So, I picked up that sorry piece of cash, and another way smacked into ...

Two quick reviews: Taco Ardiente and Truly Organic Pizza

Friday, February 15th, 2013

For lunch today, I went to Taco Ardiente, on the strength of a Yelp review. I had shredded beef enchiladas. They were okay, but nothing to write home about. They came with your typical rice and refried beans, and some fresh salsa with a dollop of sour cream. I'd give ...

Big Cypress National Preserve, First Visit

Friday, February 15th, 2013

I spent most of yesterday in Big Cypress National Preserve. Well, in, getting to, and getting back from. I quickly learned that if you aren't willing to don waders and trudge through swamps, it's hard to do an 8 mile hike there. I'm not willing, so I pieced together most ...

Naples, Florida—Day 1

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

I'm renting a small house in Naples for the next six nights. It's not shiny and new, but it has all of the comforts of home—relatively fast internet, air conditioning, and a place to put my computers (the kitchen table). There's a small desk, but the workspace isn't large enough ...

Day 3 in Sarasota

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Today is my last day in Sarasota for this trip. Tomorrow night through the 19th, I'll be at a house rental in Naples. This morning, I planned to go to Duette Park, so I went. But, it was closed! En route, I passed Lake Manatee State Recreation Area, so I decided ...

Sarasota in the Sun

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

I'm at a new Comfort Suites in Sarasota… last night and tonight. This Comfort has decent internet speed—about 25M… at least 200 times faster than the place in Brunswick, GA. The trip down from Brunswick was uneventful—no traffic problems. I stopped at Zaxby's for one of their wonderful chicken salads. ...

Brunswick, GA

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

I spent last night at Comfort Suites Golden Isles Gateway, north of Brunswick, Georgia, at 220 Gateway Center Blvd, Brunswick, GA. I need to avoid this one next time. The mattresses are mushy, the pillows too springy, and the internet speed is awful—worse than the slowest DSL. Apparently, this is ...

Him Her Him Again the End of Him, by Patricia Marx

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Mini Book Review. Yesterday, I finished reading (listening to, actually) a Patricia Marx book called "Him Her Him Again the End of Him," narrated by Hillary Huber. It's one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. If you read it, don't skip the appendices. Yes—appendices. Hillary Huber ...