Out of the Bubble

Like the man said, “It aint drinkin’-all-day if you don’t start in the morning.” And up-country here the infrastructure in the sun-dappled and rain-trammeled pastureland means Outside-the-Bubble — which means outside La Zone de couverture.
Apparently the Bubble is supported not only by artificially inflated employment-rates and sky-high housing, but also by the pernicious web of local antennae that broadcast to the hive-mind Bubble-Dwellers (thus also the inflated sales of Reynolds Wrap to the savvy para-bubble-noid).
Meanwhile up here on the Low Granite Outcropping the free-TV reception is excellent if distant, and the channel choices abound abundantly.
Not so in the up-country gullylands and meadowlands and Landscaft where the bovines and equines frolic far from the frequency distributors – so does the happy-herdsman. Thus my cellphone has zero-bars and it turns out that I’d need better than a 60-foot mast to pick-up just a few to the Fernsehen-rays off a single southern source. Ben-bolt is no help there.
So at some point the Cable Guy will have to stop-by, thus finally ending a life-long freedom from recurring costs incurred by such a corporatist device. And also perhaps to a phone that functions by wires. Sheesh, a central strategy for Retirement was to avoid those devilish costs that compound into a snowball effect of financial ruin.
In contrast to the 3rdly developing world where wires get rolled-up and stolen overnight, the infrastructure here was assumed to be “normal.” Growing up on the Sub-Continent, the land-line service was fraught with bureaucratic regulation and delays, and to assist the human-henchmen, there was often and frequently a simple lack of electricity to power the conversation. Rolling blackouts became a system of distribution in itself. Power on in Muruganbadi at 10:30Am and off again an hour later where it magically appeared at the District Magistrates office for a two-hour span, the vanished to the Railways station… To make a call required the “help” of an Operator who spoke your language, to be awakened and brought into the Telephone Exchange Office at an hour convenient to them, and then to call you when the reception was made at the other end so you could come and make your conversation. With de-regulation and the soaring cost of copper (wires stolen in the night) meant that wireless cell-phone coverage and texting became available to the lowest and poorest person, buying minutes the way one might buy a single bidi or betel-nut leaf at the godown shop on the corner.
Suddenly the fisherman could find-out what the best price for his catch was at Madurai or if it was better at Dindigul, and then push his bicycle full of fish to one place or the other. That’s Infrastructure for ya!

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The semi-sprawling adventures of a culturally hegemonic former flat-lander and anti-idiotarian individualist, fleeing the toxic cultural smug emitted by self-satisfied lotus-eating low-land Tesla-driving floppy-hat wearing lizadroid-Leftbat Califorganic eco-tofuistas ~

2 thoughts on “Out of the Bubble

  1. Not feasible to do your own antenna? Maybe your neighbors might be interested in a communal setup for cell and tv/cable?

    If you get AT&T for landline, they can piggyback cable over it. Well, in the bay area you can.

    In the late 70’s, my BiL had a couple friends in a partnership that bought a mountaintop home with a (ham) tower in the Sonoma area. Set it up as a radio repeater business.Couple years later, they bought out the third guy, and eventually it started to make a profit. They had to add on to the tower to fit a lot more antennas, a mix of .gov and business. About twenty years in, they got bought out by a national radio business in a big consolidation. They got a few mil for it. Not too shabby for a part time (occasional weekend) gig. I think they were clearing 100k/yr at some point.


    • That sounds interesting, congrats to them! What I know about radio and/or business could fit on the head of a pin, I guess I’m a consumer not a producer. 😦 But I think I can get a better rate from DirecTV for cable, through Costco (or Sam’s). After that, Verizon has the best reception in the region or an AT&T land-line. They refused to give us DSL at the Low Granite Outcropping even though we had a line and could not accommodate U-verse either – but we didn’t have basic line-service.


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