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Picture of the Day — Oregon Elk

The good life — Had a glass of wine with and after dinner last night — Trader Joe’s boxed cabernet sauvignon — a drinkable red. Finished one glass and poured another. Drank about half of that before nodding off on the couch. Woke up to the cats rushing and jumping around — evidently, my playing with them earlier had not tired them out sufficiently — and put the unfinished wine glass in the fridge. While watching the Angel game this afternoon, it occurred to me that I had a glass of wine already poured and waiting for me. It was now a very cool red wine and its color goes well with the red of the Angels’ uniforms.

Eighth inning and the Angels are leading 7 – 1 — Go Angels!

Oh, yeah, the wine was still quite drinkable and the glass now sits empty. Hmmmm . . . I think I’ll have a re-fill after dinner.


Took this picture in southern Oregon a couple of years ago. Both Oregon and northern California, along US 101 offer several places you’re likely to encounter elk during the summer vacation season. This is Dean Creek on Oregon 38 inland of Reedsport.

Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

Elk and Friends — Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

Cuisinart Recall

Recall

A couple of months ago Cuisinart issued a recall for a large number of food processor blades. These blades were riveted to their spindles and pieces could get into your food — ouch.

Having never problems with our food processor, we continued to use it (after inspecting it closely) — once, for Christmas turkey dressing/stuffing.

Cuisinart bladesBut after hearing about the recall, I immediately went to the Cuisinart website and filed for a replacement blade. I received a return email from Cuisinart:

“Thank you for checking your current food processor blade for the recall. On behalf of Cuisinart, please accept our apology for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

“Now that we have your contact information, Cuisinart will send you a free replacement blade. When you receive your replacement blade, use the packing materials that your replacement blade arrived in to safely dispose of your original blade.

“Please note that the other portions of the food processor, including the bowl, discs, housing base, and motor are not Cuisinart bladessubject to this recall and you can continue using them.”

Included in the email was a Service Notification number and a customer service number to call if I had any questions. I received this email on 12.13.16, better than a month and a half ago. Today — 2.3.17, I actually received the replacement blade in the mail.

The only difference I can see in the blades is that the new one does not use rivets to attach the blades to the spindle.

In each of the attached pictures the blade on the left is the original and the one on the right is its replacement.


Cuisinart blades

Updates: Cable TV, Telephone & Internet

Time Warner Cable is no more; TWC has been replaced by Spectrum. [TWC + Charter = Spectrum]

Also, Verizon local landline service is no more and has been replaced by Frontier.

For the past several decades we’ve lived in a GTE/Verizon pocket of Orange County and received our landline phone through them. When I read that Frontier was taking over their local phone service, I decided to switch to TWC — I just had to convince my wife to allow me to do so.

Several friends of ours had TWC phone and it was cheaper than Verizon’s product. Eventually, just before the takeover by Frontier, we made the switch. Uh – oh. The voice service never matched our, especially my wife’s, expectations.

Technicians moved the phone modem’s location — nope. Technicians re-wired the cable in the house — nope. Technicians re-wired the outside connection into the house — nope. And then, a few weeks ago, a technician re-wired the connection from the backyard utility pole to the house — hey, things now work properly.

Yes, our phone is now working properly — no pings, no clicks, no dropouts.

In addition, several months ago I boosted our TWC internet speed to 100Mbps — it increased but never reached 100Mbps. I asked one of the technicians about the situation when he came to work on the phone, but he couldn’t answer why I wasn’t getting the proper speed.

The last guy who came (and finally fixed the phone connection) tested the line at our modem (SURFboard SB6141) and said the signal strength and speed was fine — 117Mbps and suggested that I upgrade my years old WiFi router; the modem itself was fine. OK.

I went online and researched routers and prices and the next day went to Target and purchased a NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Model R7000). It didn’t take long to replace the old modem and get our phones, etc. connected to the network. The signal strength is such that I was able to disconnect the WiFi relay we had needed to connect while using our devices in our patio/sunroom. In fact, our spare bedroom, wherein sits our exercise bike, has an Apple TV WiFi connection that usually is between 115 and 117Mbps. I just checked the WiFi connection, via Fast.com, of this laptop in our living room — 120Mbps.

So — internet usage is quite a bit faster than before and is more reliable; there are no problems using multiple devices over our network; my terabytes of movies, music, pictures and TV shows stream better from my iTunes media storage drive; pixelization is no longer a problem on the cable television; the phone works. Also, I might add, if you have Spectrum phone service and are bothered by spam and scam phone calls, make sure you get NoMoRobo through Spectrum. It doesn’t get rid of all the calls, but it cuts down the number significantly.


One last word — I just retested our connection and got 92Mbps.