It is always good to see so many friendly faces in town during the Garage Sales. I'm pretty sure more items went out of town than came in, which is a big part of the plan. Many thanks to the Social Club for stepping up to sell hot dogs over the weekend. There will be another one in the Spring - the last weekend in April.
About Ryderwood's available technology: Century Link provides the only landline telephone (all numbers begin with "295-") and Broadband Internet (6-10 Mbps maximum). For those who want Internet only, a landline number is assigned to all DSL Broadband connections. I think I get the biggest bang for my buck at: ~$20 for landline phone with no long distance, caller ID, etc. and ~$40 for the highest speed Internet.
I've been advised that we should introduce ourselves as "Legacy CenturyTel" when calling or using online Live Chat. There was a recent equipment changeover and some have had email problems since. I think they've a out the correct iPad settings, but other email programs are still having problems. (I've found their online Live Chat people to be better informed than the ones on the phone.)
About Cell Phones: Sprint, USCellular and Verizon (not AT&T or T-Mobile) can use the USCellular tower just outside of town. This tower is not likely to offer 4G service in my lifetime, no matter what the sales people say. The people I know who use their phones as Internet hot-spots, bring their laptops to the Café when they need a serious Internet connection. (The Café has Broadband Wi-Fi - the donation jar is on the counter.)
There are a couple of people who use Satellite Internet and phone, but it's always been quite a bit more expensive than DSL. Has that changed, does anyone know?
Moving on, the Red Hat ladies will head off to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville on Thursday for an adventurous day. I'm not sure what time they plan to leave, but I'm sure Michele can tell you - (360) 295-0899.
Speaking of upcoming events: a train trip to Tacoma is planned for Wednesday, Sep. 24. A sign up sheet is in the Café and Nancy is the contact person at (360) 295-0598. She encourages folks to get their train tickets early - she recommends the Centralia Amtrak station.
Ticket sales for the Sweet Swing! Concert have been good, but we need more to pay these gals who are coming to sing their hearts out for us on Sunday Sept. 14. Linda has tickets at the Café and wherever she sells dinner tickets or call Barb at (360) 903-0591. Oh, tickets are $8 now or $10 at the door. I'm encouraging my grandkids to come, because I think they will learn a lot about WWII, something that doesn't get a whole lot of coverage in history classes - they run out of time to teach history!