Arrived in St. Louis. Found my hotel and moved in. It is, probably the worst hotel I've ever stayed at, in what I assume is the worst part of town. Still, they have a kitchenette, and broadband. Well, that's what I was told anyway. It's wireless access. I have no wireless devices. *sigh.* So, I buy a $100 USB network adapter. Yeah, that's what they run, $100. And I have to use windows to get it to work. Only thing is, it doesn't. Well, the device works fine and connects me to the network. Only I don't get assigned an IP address or default gateway. Who thought wireless was a good idea? There is a silver lining in this dark cloud, and that is, for $75 I can bring Daisy here to stay with me the entire 6 months. Now that makes me happy. Of course in certain parts of St. Louis, my Cingular phone joins the Verizon network and tries to prompt me for credit card information. Anyway, back to the internet. Extended Stay America has a 1-800 number they use for IT support. "Guest Tech." I called Canada and utilizing the Netgear Smart Wizard, connected to individual access points with a static IP, DNS and a gateway. All to no avail, as still, I could not even ping the gateway. We were troubleshooting for about half an hour before he realized he couldn't help me. That's usually the way things go with me. Why oh why couldn't they just wire RJ-45 in these rooms? I'm sure when he calls me back, he'll have a solution. After all, I'm using XP, right? Something he did tell me, however, is that I can request a public IP which bypasses their firewall. Now, IF we can get up on their cheesy WAP, that might just be the most exciting thing to happen to me so far during this new adventure...
Two things I forgot to bring with me to STL. Both are devastating and left a burning in the pit of my stomach when I realized it. My humidor, and my ties. $100 later and I'm the proud owner of three new ties. But WTF am I supposed to find a humidor full of cubans here? I'll have to retrieve it when I got to pick up Daisy.
Guest Tech is going to send someone out tomorrow. Two of the longest days of my life without access in a hotel all alone. I think I'll watch a movie. Oh, and the weekend-night girl is back at the front desk! Today I was 'babe.' Yesterday I was 'sweetie' and 'pumpkin.'
Imported all my opera from my now defunct Shoutcast server to iTunes for something to do and listen to. Full opera's of La Boheme, La Traviata, Tosca, and highlight of Wagner's Ring Cycle. Good stuff. Makes me want to go out and buy more. And of course the Doctor was singing La Boheme on the episode of Voyager I watched last night too...
Shadowed my boss all day. He's probably tired of looking at me. Didn't really do anything today. Just watched and listened and sat a lot.
Came into the hotel and asked about the internet access. My very next question was going to be, "What time is checkout tomorrow?" However, much to my surprise, they fixed it. I need a stiff drink. banwidthplace.com clocks me at 83.8 kilobits per second. Watchout for Speedy! Maybe I'll just swallow my own tongue.