Monday, May 26, 2014

XLTE, TVC, SLT, and other initials.......

After the workout I had Saturday, and frankly all the activity of the prior week I was ready for a down day......just relax and watch sports, and Sunday had it all......a very exciting Indy 500 which featured a photo finish, a PGA tournament that added a 3 hole playoff, the Rangers vs. Montreal NHL game, and finally the Spurs vs. Thunder NBA game.  Although I did not see the baseball game (it was blacked out), I understand Josh Beckett of the L.A. Dodgers pitched a "no hitter" against the Philadelphia Phillies.....what a Sunday! I spent the better part of the day sitting outside watching the multitudinous sports offerings, and, for the most part stayed out of the crushing traffic jam around the lake.

I say "for the most part" because I did venture out one time for about 15 minutes to run over to the local Verizon Wireless store.......around 10 am the various applications on my phone quit working.....they would just not load.  I thought something was wrong with the phone so around 11:30 I drove the 2 miles over to the store.  It turns out that in spite of the recently upgraded broadband capabilities made by Verizon here in the SLT* vicinity (they now have XLTE) the population explosion of weekend visitors for the Memorial Day weekend to the area completely overwhelmed the Verizon towers resulting in my problem.  The mind numbing traffic I encountered was mute testimony to that fact.......staying here in the relatively secluded, off the beaten path TVC** (Tahoe Valley Campground) provides a shelter of sorts from the influx of the summer holiday season out-of-towners and the resulting congestion, but does not protect you from its impact on wireless broadband.  Fortunately, I was able to connect my phone to the campground WiFi and stay in touch with the outside world for the duration of the day.

Although TVC** remains relatively quiet, even on this Memorial Day weekend, it has filled up considerably compared to a week ago when this view included no RV's whatsoever.

I grilled some Salmon for dinner, and TLE*** provided the sides....roasted, glazed carrots, and a great salad which we ate outside for the first time since we arrived 9 days fact we sat outside until well after 7:30 pm, and took a walk around the park as the sun began to set.

Thanks for stopping by!

* SLT = South Lake Tahoe

** TVC = Tahoe Valley Campground

*** TLE = The Lovely Elaine

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