Getting access to the Internet around here has been an insane and impossible task. It'd been easier to remove a fish hook lodged in the mouth of a crocodile, I swear... A fully awake large crocodile which hasn't eaten in about three weeks... Sitting on a pile of freshly laid eggs. But somehow I finagled it. It took me calling and getting our own Internet provider aside from the one I used to get from work, for the reasons I blogged about earlier. After the gentleman struggled for 5 hours setting it up, he left and it hasn't quite worked right since. In fact, it hasn't worked at all. I have spent the last two days switching wires, resetting modems, resetting routers, and switching the same wires. Tonight I pirated work's office router, which seems to be a good thing because suddenly and at last, I seem to have hit the right combination. For the first time in about three weeks, we are able to use high speed wireless Internet in my home. Tomorrow night Essie and I are driving to Des Moines to the first Halloween costume party I have been to in years. It should bring some photographic moments, as the reputation preceding this event is beyond legendary... I will be sure to post the madness. I have so much I want to say, having been absent for so long. I will let this be it for now, and catch you all up in good time, I guess. There is no way I would be able to tie it all together. The Hawkeyes are shocking the nation, and the Chiefs finally won a game a couple of weeks ago, the Cubs haven't lost in weeks, and hockey has been good to me too. In the non-sports world, I picked up a couple Yngwie Malmsteen CD's at a local thrift store for about a buck apiece last week that are in near new condition. That in itself would have been a 5000 word post, had I had access to the Internet. But I guess I will save you the drama... And maybe tell you the story that is associated with YM on a later date. I'll just say that sometimes I look back on my life and just ask myself how in the world did I pull that off. Tomorrow morning, with hopes of improving my hearing, I am having that procedure done where they drip candle wax into the ears to break up the earwax build up. That should be an extremely interesting procedure, and I look forward to to hearing real voices again, and not just the ones in my head. There's so much more... It truly is good to be back online. Have a safe and happy Halloween, everyone!