An Update between Downtimes


Tuesday of last week we were warming up to the task of moving to another apartment. We were in touch with our cable service provider, the electric company, my publisher, the new apartment complex manager and anyone else we could think of to keep everything on track.

Well, I was in the middle of uploading the last material to the publisher when the wheels came off. The service provider chose that day to cut off the entire town of Orange Park while they carried out some “Scheduled Maintenance”. For the entire day. Without telling anyone.

After several frantic calls we learned two important things. First, my Belkin wireless router/receiver should never have been able to handle any traffic between the cable modem and my computer, and the estimated time to complete the scheduled maintenance was unknown. And I couldn’t contact my publisher, since my email was down, right along with the rest of my life.

The service provider did say they would send out a NetGear wireless router that was compatible. It arrived two days later. Without a wireless receiver, which they said would arrive some time in the middle of the next week. Which brings us up to today, which really is the middle of the next week.

The publisher now has all of my files and production work on “Hog Valley” is continuing apace. The folks working up the book cover are concerned about pixilation on the cover art. I am hoping to hear from the artist some time soon to get better digital photographs to send to them.

Today, as we know, is Wednesday. I will be breaking down and packing up my computer, along with everything else, to move into a larger apartment Starting Friday. The service provider will meet me at the new apartment Friday afternoon, so this next round of downtime should only be a day, as opposed to a week. Since I am only moving myself and my gear into the new apartment on Friday, the technician may want to connect their modem directly to my computer to verify the data stream. I’m not at all sure what that is going to do to my current setup, since my computer is normally the Client and my brother-in-law’s computer is the Host.

That has the potential to become a real fur-ball.

Never mind moving boxes, clothes, plants and whatever for the next ten days until all three of us are living there.

We’ll see.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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