Some time ago we moved the server that runs this blog off onto a cloud service. Eliminating the occasional outages caused by power and network issues made it well worth the cost to move to a paid service. In fact, as we could switch from a DSL circuit with fixed IP addresses to a cable Internet service we actually managed to both decrease the cost and increase our downward bandwidth.
The move was fortunate as we got caught up in the mess of Hurricane Matthew.
... is a ways up the road from us, we got our share of flooding.
... is just down the street from the Manor proper.
The power went out around 2pm on Saturday and didn't return until about 8pm Sunday. The cable Internet didn't come back until about 2pm today.
Staying put seemed like the order of the day. Three people who decided to venture out won't be going home again.
A functioning generator, a good supply of LED lights and batteries and some good books substituted for web browsing and Netflix.
Oh by the way. Did you know that a Keurig 2.0 won't run properly on a generator? I didn't before.
Fortunately I had this in reserve: A propane-powered coffee pot.
Let me get this right on out there. I hate Starbucks. Their business model seems to include bumping up the price of a commodity in order to make it appear to be exclusive, then marketing that exclusivity to everyone.
Still, it seems to be working though I have no idea why. The brand appears to be extremely successful despite the fact their flagship product tastes like the dishwater used to clean a barbecue grill.
I have a Cuisinart K-cup brewer at home, a portable Keurig for the road and a Keurig B60 at work. I have probably 4 or 5 different kinds of coffee (in boxes of 24) on hand at any one time. I LIKE coffee and more to the point, I like coffee that tastes good.
Starbucks' coffee doesn't meet that criteria.
So when I tell you that I've pulled up to a Starbucks today and bought a cup of their wretched concoction as a symbol of solidarity with my fellow gunnies, you now know what that has cost me personally.
Here you go, gun community. I've taken one for the team.