Since I wrote last, we have killed 2 more rattlesnakes, both when DH was here. THe first was just inside the front gate at dusk, and was quite large. DH shot him with the .410 gauge. The other one was just the other night, when we were making our trek out the driveway and up to the BLM road, again just as dusk. This one was smaller, but was headed for the chicken yard. He had his head removed with a shovel. THey shouldn't be out this late in the year, but the weather has been too hot and neither the snakes nor the ground squirrels have gone to hibernate yet.
I found a special deal to get Earthlink DSL for $12.95 a month for the first 6 months. ANd yes, it was too good to be true. They sent me the modem, and Qwest activated the DSL on the line, but I was never able to get on the internet using it. I spent over 5 hours on the telephone with Indian Earthlink reps, 2 different ones, on Friday. Both had me do all kinds of stuff to make it work, and ended by referring me to senior techs. THe senior techs never answered, not even after an hour.
The second rep had me remove all traces of my dial-up connections, so I even had to re-install the Total Access software and start over. I lost all my archived email, again. I need to figure out some way to have email automatically backed up on the external hard drive so I'll quit losing all these things that I thought needed saving.
So anyway, this AM I couldn't even get the DSL light to come on the modem, so I phoned Earthlink and cancelled the whole thing. If the DSL can't even stay connected, there's no reason to wast my time trying to log on to my Earthlink. Grrrrrrr! I guess I'll have to wait until Wireless gets affordable enough for me.