My mother and I drove to Jacksonville, NC, yesterday to go to the phone store and change her plan. We added DSL to her line. It won't be extremely fast — 768 kbps download and 384 kbps upload — but it will be 12 to 15 times faster than her current dial-up connection. And the cost, at $25 a month, won't break her budget.
I never thought Ma would one day sign up for DSL. But she has. She reads the blogs, and now maybe she'll start sending e-mail and surfing the web with more confidence and enthusiasm. I'll be able to show her some tricks later this week and next.
In Jacksonville, an hour's drive from Morehead City, we drove past a fish market/restaurant. Ma said she wanted to try it one day, and I said we should stop immediately and look around. We did. It was great — like something you might find on the Normandy or Brittany coast in France. There were a dozen or more varieties of fresh local fish on ice — flounders, bluefish, jumping mullets, croakers, and more — as well as nice fresh shrimp with or without the heads, as you wanted. There were soft-shell crabs too.
I bought a bluefish, which is a fish I really like, and a fish market employee cleaned and filleted it for me at no extra charge. It was $1.99 a pound. And I got 20 nice large headless shrimp. That was about a pound and cost $8.00. I shelled and cleaned the shrimp myself at home and made shrimp and grits for dinner. It was mighty fine. That'll be my next blog topic, once the DSL connection is activated and I can more easily and quickly upload pictures. Later...