I'm back on line at least a week earlier then predicted.
Let me tell you how this came about. I has outside the house when this guy walked up and told me that he was checking out what it would take to run a land-line to the house. How long the trench would have to be etc etc. Then he told me that he didn't think that I should have to sit in a new house for another couple of weeks waiting so he was hooking up a temporary line until then could get the permanent one laid.
By this time I'm thinking to myself, BS he's here to keep me from calling their office every hour complaining so I introduced myself to him and found out his name was Kenny. He showed me his ID and pointed out his company truck. Hmmmm this is not what I expected so I let him go on. He walked to the other side of the house and worked on something for about five minutes and said. ''There, your ready to go''. No way I told him, yup it's done and I brought you a modem and did all the settings. He had climbed a power pole, hooked up to it, ran the line to a tree across the road, then a temporary cable about 100 yards to the house.. WOW, what the heck is he doing!
By now I was really thinking that this was Candid Camera (for those of you old enough to remember this great tv show). Then he asked, ''Would you like me to set it up for you''? and he started into the house. How this was really the test, he could be another white guy trying to steal my land. Then I got myself back on track and thought, no he isn't but what the hell is he up to.
I followed him into the house and grabbed by Buck knife just in case. He was around 6' 3'' 200 to 220 pounds and around 30 years old. I'm 6' 1'' 175 lbs and 71 years old so I needed an equalizer. Now Wiki was running around barking and wanting him to play with her, that made me a bit more at ease since Wiki is a wonderful watchdog, and being the huge beast that she is she would scare the hell out of anyone. Wiki thought that he was OK, so I settled down.
He set everything up and asked me to check it out and see if I could get on line. I did and everything worked well.
By now he was petting Wiki, the Redhead was telling him what a wonderful person he was and we started chatting. He has three children and lives in Branson and his hobby is building Kayak's and Canoe's..Then he showed me his website with photos of his work...I was stunned, the man was a true craftsman. We started talking about his hobby and his story.
Seven years ago he was driving by a guy's house and saw one of his kayak's in the yard. He stopped and asked if he could buy the canoe and the old guy told him no so he went on his way. He stopped again a couple of weeks later when he saw more canoes in the guy's yard. Once again the old guy told him they were not for sale, so off he went. This happened a couple of more times and finally Kenny asked him, is there something that I did to you, are you angry with me, you only tell me no on the sale of a kayak or canoe. The old guy said, ''I was seeing if you had patience'', I'm not going to sell you one but I'm going to show you how to build them.
That was seven years ago and now Kenny sells his kayak's and canoe's throughout the country. These are more then canoe's and kayak's, they are works of art.
We ended up talking for around an hour after he was finished with the line, modem and hook-up.
A truly nice caring man and an artist in his field.
So, there it is, everyone that I meet here destroys the myth of country people be bumpkins. City folk could learn a lot from them.