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      Monday, April 29, 2019

12:15 PM - 04/29/2019

The topic: I’m back!


I had an appointment with the surgery doc last week and things are progressing smoothly.

He was surprised I was still using the cane, said I most likely didn't need it at this point. I still have to be careful with certain movements, nothing too extreme, like twisting, that could pop the joint out of the socket. You also won't find me sitting cross legged on the floor.

I do tire easily, the walk up the little hill winds me because I'm so out of shape. The doctor warned me that I'll most likely be low energy for at least three months while the leg heals. The stem of the replacement is titanium, which he said works best to accommodate the growing bone.

So, I'm slowly getting back into a routine that doesn't have me laying on the sofa most of the time. Yay! And I was super excited to move back to my own bathroom for showers. And what's really cool is I can wash the lower right part of my right leg as well as my right foot! Top and bottom! And I don't need that device to put my socks on, either. I do take it slowly, no sudden movements, but that will all come back in time.

Yesterday, we actually saw a movie. Brian wanted to see Captain Marvel, but there was some confusion at the box office with the printed out passes we brought (once again, we were told they'd already been used, which I don't believe, I have another message into Regal to find out what's going on). Brian passed over cash, she printed out the tickets and handed them him. Inside, the ticket taker ripped the house's pieces off and told us "theater four". We didn't look at the tickets and didn't pay attention to the movie name when we walked into the theater.

We were kind of surprised there were so many folks there, not too many empty seats. Huh. For a movie that's been out for a couple of weeks? Not normal.

Anyway, we found end seats (I need to be on the end, I don't want to have to get up in the middle of the film and fall over peoples' legs, that could turn out badly for my new hip) and watched previews, then the movie started...

And we're wondering what the hell this has to do with Captain Marvel, then the title comes up. Avengers: Endgame.

Well, that explains a lot. So many people were getting tickets for that, that's just what she automatically sold us. Oh, well.

It was over three hours long, I had one trip to the restroom (I was very, very careful walking down the steps, holding on to the grab bar for dear life) and we sat there until there was no more. All through the credits. I know Brian was probably waiting for one of those things that happen sometimes in the end credits of a Marvel movie. There was nothing.

There was a fair amount of traffic on the ride home and every red light was waiting for us. And because of the sucky way one intersection's lights are set, it takes forever to go through (one set of lights, before the overpass, is city, the next set, on the other side of the overpass, the ones with access to the freeway, are set by Caltrans and they don't play well together, the timing is way off) . And I had to pee.

I was pretty worn out by the time we got home.

Earlier this month I got a notice from our cable provider that we could update our equipment at no extra charge. Our cable box is pretty old, but it's done right by us, we never had any problems with it. Anyway, I checked it out and we could get Contour for no more money. I also found that I could upgrade to Gigablast internet for no additional money, just had to pay a twenty dollar self installation fee. Great!

Well, our router wasn't approved for Gigablast, I had to upgrade that. I got one at CostCo, started the set up and kept getting a message to contact our provider. So, I did and one of the techs helped out, getting it up and running (they have send a turn on signal to the router from their end). And so far, they haven't tacked on the twenty dollar installation fee. We'll see if they catch that.

So, with that working, the new cable box installed, things are working nicely.  And I hoped this would put an end to the buffering problem on the Roku.

It did not. We have the fastest speed available, and in the middle of a show, it buffers and the thing spins. That's very frustrating. The past weekend, I decided to move the Nighthawk mesh range extender. It was on top of the grandfather clock on the other side of the wall, I moved it to the top of one of the bookcases in the family room. And so far, so good! The lights on it stay all blue since it's getting a pretty straight shot at the router. Not once has the connection to the router light turned amber since I moved it. 24/7, all five lights are blue.

We've been streaming Justified from Amazon all week since I made the change and it didn't buffer once. So, that's cool! Now all I need is a ten foot extension cord so I can set up the range extender a little more cleanly than I did. (I figured I'd see if it worked before spending any money.)

With all of the electronics working nicely, I went to my cable account to see what channels were available. It shows we have the 140+ plan, but on that plan, there are channels not available that we got before. History, Science, a few more. But the letter I got said you keep your same service. I turned on the television and the cable box and those channels are still live. I'm keeping that letter, just in case.

Now, another cool thing about moving the range extender. You may remember that back in December, I got a new television to work as a digital photo frame. And then in January, started having problems pulling the photos from the NAS, so I switched to a USB flash drive. Well, this morning, I decided to test the connection between the Roku tv, the range extender and the router to see if I'd get the error. It's probably been running for two hours now with no problem.

Knocking on wood it stays connected.

Well, that's it for this entry, as you can see, I'm getting back on the life track.


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