Monday, August 14, 2006

So, we built this house.

It is on this beautiful old pasture land in the town next to our old town in NH. The old town was a blue collar town with a population hovering around 14,000; but because of the population, we had our own Verizon substation and so we had DSL pretty early on (say 10 years ago…). The new town is in a better school district and since my daughter was moving into High School, it seemed like the right thing to do. It is a better school district mostly because the tax base is higher because the house and land prices are higher (all of NH’s taxes comes from the property taxes). The housing prices being higher brings in more of a yuppy crowd who like larger spaces to build their houses on. The average per capita income ranking of our new town is 18 in the state. The average per capita income in our old town is 81 in the state. The two towns share a common border and our old house is less than 5 miles from the new. But we don’t have our own substation, so no DSL.

Well, there is always cable. Ummm, maybe. Our cable company, Adelphia, has a contract with the town for all new subdivisions. We are legally a subdivision, though there are only four house lots and we are the first to be built (nothing else is planned this year). Regardless, they have decided not to honor the contract in this situation. They claim that the density of the houses is lower than the lower limit in the contract, the town says we can sue, but it would be faster to work out a compromise. We are working on a compromise. We (the builder and us) will end up paying something, but we will have cable within the next 60 days (100 days after we initiated the request).

So, all this preamble, what does it mean?

Well, I have not had an internet connection at my brand spanking new home office now for 45 days. And I am more productive than ever.

This started and associate of mine in Product Management (we will call him MG1) talking about student syndrome, Parkinson, multi-tasking, and what we coined personal scrum after Watt’s Personal Software Process and the exercises included in the original seminal book.


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