We’ve been using Vonage as a primary phone service now for a couple months and have been very happy with the service. Vonage is a VOIP (Voice Over IP) service that let’s us make phone calls over our high speed internet connection. The service cost $25 a month for unlimited calls across the US and includes extra features like caller id, voicemail, call forwarding and conference calling. No special phone is required although we did replace our phones with a couple 5.8 Ghz cordless phones. We are using a Linksys adapter that just plug it in to our router. What we really like about this is that not only have we dumped SBC but when we travel we just take the Linksys adapter with us and our phone number travels with us. So if we are in Tahoe and you call our home number, it rings in Tahoe. This isn’t forwarding the call to another number, the number is now in Tahoe since the number is linked to the Linksys adapter. Very cool! You can also setup your account to email you when you have voicemail. The user interface on Vonage website is one of the better ones that I have seen and there is a lot of data on the website (inbound/outbound calls, configuring rings, call forwarding, etc.) If you are interested in the service, check out their website (www.vonage.com). You will need a high speed internet connection, preferably from your cable provider so you don’t have to pay for a phone line for a DSL connection. A router (about $50) which you should already be using for security purposes if you have a high speed internet connection. And a Vonage adapter (about $50). Check out Linksys if you need a router and adapter.
Trek came through and replaced my rear wheel which had cracked in a number of places. I’m much happier now that my bike is squeak free. While I was waiting for my bike I couldn’t help but notice some of the Tri bikes on sale. The Trek Equinox 7 caught my eye and I started dreaming about the possibilities of riding a little faster. Can you buy speed? I did a bit of internet searching and soon found the ultimate Tri bike: the Trek Equinox 11. This bike just screams fast. All carbon, the bike is built for nothing but speed. So maybe I can ride another 3 miles on my lunch hour with this bike. I’m looking for ways to rationalize this one.
Nicole’s riding to work once a week and it’s been fun to ride with her. She’s mastered clipping in and out. I just need her to find the enjoyment of trail riding.
Last weekend we drove up to Lakeport and watch Secret and Kody play soccer and the four of us went out to lunch together. They are doing well. Secret seems to be adjusting well. Kody is playing on a soccer team with boys older and bigger than him. Running around the field, some boys were twice as tall but Kody stayed aggressive and always went after the ball. It was good to see them.