Little Green Trees . . .

Not wanting to get bit again by Miss Karma due to not feeding her at the accustomed time, I was up about 8:30 this morning.

But I also needed to be on the road to Clear Lake by about 9:45 to get down there for another client visit. But first I had to check out of the park here and then check back in for our next 11 day stay, ending on the 17th. Of course that’s only 11 days so we can extend another 3 if we have to. But sometime in there we’re going to have to move I imagine, since we will have been here over 30 days. All of course due to Harvey.

But I guess it’s still up in the air if we’re going to be able to move over to Colorado River as scheduled due to the severe damage they had from the flooding. So we’ll see.

My next stop was the Kroger’s over in Willis for gas. Found no lines and a $0.20 per gallon discount with my Kroger card, leaving it at $2.19 a gallon. Not bad under the circumstances.

Somewhere along i-45 south, near the Dairy Ashford exit, I saw this place.

Headstone World

Headstone World

I figure it must be new, otherwise I’m sure I would have noticed it before. But maybe not.

So what’s next? Drive-by Cremations?

Don’t know what was going on today, but the traffic going through downtown Houston and out the other side was really terrible. Almost like suddenly there were twice as many cars on the road as before.

Didn’t any accidents or breakdowns. Just solid traffic.

Getting to the client’s, I started trying to diagram out the hardware to get an idea of what’s what. I’m pretty much just going to wire everything up from scratch since I can really trust anything done by my predecessor. Right now I’ve got cables running down the hall keeping things going.

Client Computers

I keep finding hidden routers and switches, wires that he pulled that seem to have no purpose and don’t really go anywhere, and a server that is online and flowing data, but does not show up on the office network. That’s the one labeled ??? on the diagram.

It’s up on a top shelf in a closet with no monitor or keyboard/mouse connected to it. Of course it could be the almost-mythical porn collection that I’ve always suspected was around here somewhere. It is possible to to ‘hide’ a server so that it’s only accessible if you know its name. Otherwise you can’t see it.

This is kind of like on a WiFi signal you can set it not to broadcast the SSID, the name that people see when they scan for signals in an area, i.e  Gerald4269 or Jabba 162. Or my favorite, FBI Surveillance Van No. 7. And the only way to connect to one of these WiFi signals is to know the name and type it in.

After about all the frustration I could take for the day, I headed back for Conroe a little before 4pm. Now normally heading north that early it’s not too bad. But this afternoon was just like this morning, but on steroids.

No accidents or breakdowns on the road along the way, but just bumper to bumper traffic, even in places where it normally moves right along at this time of the day.

As usual, coming north like this, I took 610 east and got on the Hardy Toll Road. Of course right now it’s just the Hardy Road since they’ve waived all tolls because of the Harvey recovery. Don’t know how long it will last, but it’s nice while it does.

One of the things Jan and I have always notice as we take the Hardy is a huge parking area where the new cars are unloaded from the incoming train cars. Now normally that lot seems to be only half full, or even less. But today it was jam-packed to the fences with no visible open spaces, and the long line of train cars parked there were full too.

Looks like the car dealers are getting ready for the insurance checks to start flowing and people replacing their flooded-out vehicles.

And of course up north, they can expect an influx of late-model, low-mileage used cars and trucks in perfect condition with prices that can’t be beat.

Just ignore the slight musty smell.

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Hang one of those little greens trees from your visor and you’ll be fine.

Thought for the Day:

“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”


3 Responses to Little Green Trees . . .

  1. Jennifer R. says:

    Have you tried using that name the guy mumbled to you as the name of the server? What a mess!! Or, maybe now that you have a better handle on the mess he could answer specific questions – “what’s the ID of the server in the closet?” Etc. Good luck!!

    • gregwhite says:


      Apparently he’s too far gone to answer questions.

      I think I just need to get it out of the closet and hook up a monitor/KB/mouse to it.

      Thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate your comments.


  2. I can only handle the simpler messes with the computers after that I’m stuck taking it to my Tech.

    Last winter we were using our Verizon Hotspot around Quartzsite and would constantly log on and off to save Data. Many times while connecting the FBI Surveillance Van No. 7. would appear on the list of nearby Internet Connections. Probably the guy living in the nearby Tent.

    Good Luck with your trouble shooting.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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