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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Checking In

Hi guys just a quick post to thank you for all the comments I received in my prior post.  Wanted to clarify that in Del Rio we do not have a Verizon store.  The reason being that Verizon has been the only landline provider for residential as well as business telephones for years.

It wasn't until last year that Billy Bob who boondocks in the area was finally able to pick up an Internet signal from them.  I will probably look into a hot spot device but with Sprint or AT&T...as they are only ones who offer it here.

Val Verde County library is undergoing an addition and the whole block is barricaded.  That along with limited parking does not make it a good option for going online.  I am currently at the dealership getting my car serviced and decided to bring my little netbook.  It is a little hard to type on but what the heck I have free internet access.

Wanted to clarify that I do not plan to quit my blog. October is the busiest time of the year for me as I am getting ready for my annual trip to the desert.  In a way disconnecting my internet service at this time was a good move as I would not have been able to blog much anyway.

I hope to find a new service provider after I return from Terlingua.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

21 comments:

  1. Thank you for the update. I've missed your daily posts, and hope that when you return from the desert you will be able to find decent service.

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  2. Are you saying that there is no Verizon towers around your area that a gadget, like the Hot Spot we have, connect to? I have been places that my Verizon Hot Spot worked but my Verizon phone did not. I wonder why that would be?

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    1. I do not really know Dizzy. Good question for a Verizon rep to answer,

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    2. DD,
      There is data coverage in the Del Rio area by Verizon but it is REAL POOR, what that show on their Coverage Map as being "Extended 1X Data Coverage".

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  3. It is good to hear from you you! I'm sure you'll find the best (for you) internet service in your area.
    I do miss wired internet from time to time just for the amount of bandwidth we were allowed to use. The past few years I have been using http://millenicom.com/ Verizon hotspot and we are limited to 20gb/month ($90).
    I only mention it because as I recall it worked in the Del Rio area when we were there, the only place I can recall getting nothing was in Big Bend NP.
    Have a good week!
    20gb goes fast if anyone watches videos....

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    1. Just wrote a reply and lost it...grrrrrr!!!!

      Will have to take bandwidth into account when I choose my next provider and $$$$$ or will have to cut down on my video watching :(

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  4. we'll be patient til we hear from you again, S-Sis! Miss you!

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    1. Thank you S-brother.

      BTW love the odds they are giving the Spurs for a repeat Championship...numero seis :)

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  5. MsB I was telling the ofm about a cafe in a town outside Del REO that the locals called burn town because at some time in the pastost of the town had burned down all accept a small cafe that served a work class chicken fried steak. Have you lived around there long enough to remember the town.

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    1. Hi Riverhauler, did you read the reply Leilani posted below regarding Quemado, Texas?

      I am not very familiar with Quemado or how it got its name but I do pass by there when I go to Eagle Pass. Always thought Quemado (burnt in Spanish) was a funny name for a town. There must definitively be a story behind that name but the internet is no help.

      Next time I go to the mechanic I will ask him since he is a walking encyclopedia of this area.

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  6. Aargh. My comment got eaten. Just wanted to remind you that many McDoonald's have wifi access.You may have to buy a coffee or something to get the code and if I recall correctly, it's only valid for an hour or so, but it's another option until you have time to get a more permanent arrangement together.

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    1. I knew McDonald's had wifi but I had no idea you had to get a code to access it. Good to know.

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    2. I'm not sure they all ask for a purchase to get the access code, but my local one defintiely did a few years back when I was between plans just as you are now. (That one's a nice outlet with a leafy outdoor garden, and I have a feeling they'd have people just camping out to use it unless they required a purchase.)

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  7. MsB, yes there IS a Verizon store in Del Rio. It's located i the little shop'n area in front of Walmart. I've been there.
    Address...2415 VETERANS BLVD,
    Del Rio,

    As far as coverage, only after they opened the store in Del Rio was I able to use my data card. It worked fine, but not the best signal at "Billy Bob Tree" and 277 North.

    Missed you!!!

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    1. Thanks for the info. Missed you too :)

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  8. Home Depot has very good wifi. I used it this morning.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up Barney. Have always said you know more about Del Rio than I do and I live here :)

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  9. Hmm. I guess Ms. B is still without a connection and is probably still trying to figure out how to get everything stuffed into her car so she can still squeeze into the front seat so I'll try to pinch hit for her, Larry B:

    There is a small community along Highway 277 halfway between Eagle Pass & Del Rio called Quemado which means burned in Spanish. Could that be it?

    Facebook has a listing for Burn Town USA but there's no explanation of what it is and the accompanying map takes you to an empty place on the unpopulated outskirts of Quemado in Maverick County.

    But there is a homey looking restaurant in Quemado proper called Country Corner Cafe which people seem to use as a stopping point out there on 277.

    Does that ring a bell?

    If not, we'll have to wait til Ms. B returns. I'd be interested to know what the story is on Burn Town USA too.

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    1. Hi Leilani, thank you for answering Riverhaulers question.

      I am almost certain that he is talking about Quemado, Texas like you mention in your reply but other than that I do not know anything more. Tried to do a search regarding the name but no history of the town having burnt down in the past.

      Will have to check it out in my next trip to Eagle Pass. Thanks for holding down the fort during my absence :)

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    2. One of those links I put in there or maybe the Texas Handbook said that Spanish explorers called it Quemado because of their erroneous assumption that its "charred" appearance was due to volcanic activity.

      Heheh. No, gentlemen, no lava was necessary in creating that landscape. It only looks like it's been fried to a crackly crisp because of the typical South Texas weather! ;-)

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