Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Did you miss me?
I have been with out internet since Saturday afternoon. Why? It's a long story, but a volcano in southern Chile spewed forth a 4000 meter high column of ashes and cinders, and it caused my antenna here in Paraguay to get blown out of position. Some say it was not caused by this, but...you kind of had to be here!!!
It was a bright sunny day with temperatures in the high 90*'s and then, in mid afternoon, the sky darkened to the point that the street lights came on. The temperature dropped to below 70*. The air tasted of fire and smoke. We had an incredible wind storm which dumped the ash onto us here.
The rain and heavy winds helped to clear the air, but everything was covered with ash and the rain left black spots on everything. My laundry on the line was covered with spots! The wind managed to blow the ash into every nook and cranny and filled my house with a fine layer of gray ash!
And all of this caused my antenna, which receives my internet, to be blown out of position. Since it is now Holy Week here, it took until this afternoon to get it adjusted correctly. The antenna is 75 feet tall, or I may have attempted it myself !