Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Hockiteller Is Coming!!

Everyone who reads this knows I have been complaining about the internet for some time. It fades out and in and I end up resetting the modem several times a day. Sometimes it works and other times ......

It is frustrating, to say the least. Especially since the tower sits right next to my property. I can see it from my front porch, I can hear the insane guys who climb it as they yell to each other. You will recall that the wind funnels through here following I-70 east to west and back again. This same wind has weakened the tower supports.

We were approached by a nice gentleman last week to see if we would allow a helicopter to land in our field and spend the day lifting new equipment to the tower top for AT&T. He Who gets excited about such things as helicopters, immediately asked if he could ride and gave his permission. This came as no surprise to me. I know the man.

All the excitement was to begin last Thursday morning at 7:30 am. He Who awoke early, giddy with excitement. He put his very best work shorts on ( the ones with the least amount of oil stains on them, the ones that have the hem intact and not raveling away from him wiping his chlorine fingers on the edge) and a work shirt with our logo on it and, like his shorts, with as few stains as possible. The rain came and came and came and no helicopter arrived. He Who was disappointed, not being allowed to ride in the copter. Me, I was hoping it would stabilize my wavering signal. Probably doesn't work that way, but hope runs deep.

They showed up Friday afternoon as campers were arriving for the weekend. Not the helicopter, mind you, but the AT&T guys with the various pieces of equipment to be assembled and lifted in the sky. Our field is very wet. Our county was under a flood warnings. There is to be no compensation for the use of our property (well, unless you count He Who being underfoot), but any damages to said property will be taken care of and we are under no liability. I would have negotiated for more, but ........

The apparatus in the field looks like some sort of deranged trampoline, causing much speculation on the part of the campers this weekend. I wouldn't be surprised if my parking lot fills with lookey-loos tomorrow as the helicopter is scheduled to arrive. I will let you know. Fingers crossed that my signal improves .........

I bought my man a brand new pair of shorts today for his big adventure! I have a memory of my son, Jeff, standing on the beach screaming "Hockiteller, hockiteller" every time he saw a helicopter in the sky. He was 2 years old, but we still call them "hockitellers". I wonder if my husband will slip up in the excitement tomorrow ..... you know I will let you know if he does!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious! I'll call you tomorrow.

joanne said...

Ohmygosh, that is beyond exciting for a 2yearold grown man! Hope it all goes well,safe and sound and you get some uninterrupted internet!

dkzody said...

Oooh, so exciting. Not just the helicopter which is great excitement, but the fact that you might get better Internet access. Our internet is not the greatest (also AT&T) but I don't think any helicopters will be arriving soon to take care of the problem.

Val said...

Dressing up for his hockiteller ride!