July 20th, 2001


Sweet liberty

I am on vacation for the next 10 days. I don't have much planned, but I do want to get outside every day and enjoy the summer -- go for a walk, have a picnic in a park, maybe go swimming. Living in an apartment can feel rather confining at this time of year. I'd also like to get out of town for a day or two.

I have a backlog of errands, projects and obligations, but I should be able to trim that down to a manageable size in a day or two.

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I'm looking to get a DSL connection, so after checking out the Telus website, I went to the nearest retailer to pick up their QuickConnect kit. While waiting for the salesman to finish with another customer, I noticed that there were 2 versions of the kit, one with an internal PCI modem ($199 Cdn) and the other with an external Ethernet modem ($299 Cdn). I prefer internal modems, and definitely prefer the lower price, so when the salesman was free I asked him, "What is the difference between these 2 kits?"

He replied, "One comes with software, the other doesn't."

"Doesn't this one have an internal modem, and the other an external?"

"Uh, yeah..."

At this point I wasn't feeling much confidence in his knowledge, especially since I recalled both boxes listing the same software. He then advised me that I would have to call Telus before buying a kit to reserve a port, if one was available in my area. I thanked him and left. Telus has their own store, and I think I will go there tomorrow and see if I can get more helpful service. I hope it is open on Saturday...

Vehicles I saw around town today

Two older Rolls Royces, both from out-of-province and driven by older gentlemen. A very nice customized '65 Chevy Impala. Two brightly painted low-rider pickups (looking slightly ridiculous to me). A '67 (?) Corvette Stingray roadster. Many Harleys (and even more Japanese sport bikes).