Friday, 12 May 2017

08:41 – It was 55.2F (13C) when I took Colin out at about 0640 this morning, damp and foggy. The crew from Shaw Brothers showed up around 0730 to gut the downstairs den. There’s a crew of four, so it shouldn’t take too long.

I disconnected the router to get it out of their way. I carried it into the unfinished area, where the fiber-optic terminal adapter lives, intending to plug it directly into the jack on the TA. My cunning plan failed, because there is no jack on the TA, just the cable that runs out into the downstairs den.

So I asked the guys if it didn’t matter to them to rip out the carpet, pad, and ceiling in the corner where the router goes first. They set me up an inverted bucket to put the router on, and our Internet and TV are back up.

Barbara volunteers at the museum after lunch. When she closes up at 1700, she’s heading down to Winston to meet Frances and Al for dinner. She considered driving back up here after dinner, but I suggested she just stay tonight with them and drive back up in the morning. It’s been a very stressful time, particularly for Barbara. If there’s anything a librarian hates, it’s disorganization. She’s lived with my disorganization for the last 33+ years, but this is a whole different level of disorganization. I figured she could use a break from it. Then, of course, we’ll continue to have everything a mess when Shaw comes back out to install the new floor and ceiling.

Barbara went over to the flooring place yesterday to pick out flooring. We were originally thinking about installing ceramic tile, but when he was out to work up an estimate, Jay Shaw recommended plastic fake-wood flooring. It’s basically like the stuff that we used when we had our deck replaced in Winston. Essentially 100% recycled soft drink bottles, with pigments and surface texture added. It’s extremely durable, particularly when used indoors, and it’s a lot softer than ceramic tile.