Apr 2, 2007
I don’t have much for you today because today’s the day we moved into our new office in Ventnor, NJ. Ventnor is a beach town just south of Atlantic City, on Absecon Island. The island also includes the towns of Margate and Longport. I think the space will work out well. It’s a larger space, which will allow us to add a new full-time staff member this year, something we will be doing soon. It’s about 15 minutes from my house, which is something I’m not used to, but there’s a lot to be said for being 2 blocks from the beach. True, there will be traffic and distractions in the summer, but I think I’d rather be able to see the beach and the ocean from my desk in August than be trapped in a cave for a month as I have been. Maybe I’ll feel like I’m at least doing something in the summer months being this close to the beach – and I’m certainly looking forward to the visuals, if you know what I mean.
I’ve got the phone company in here now, and the high-speed cable guy may be here this week. In the meantime, I’m stealing internet from someone who’s not password-protecting their router. I figured I would be able to, since there are a lot of houses crammed into a city block around here.
Speaking of the Internet, I might as well take this time to talk about something that to me is one of the greatest inventions of all time: mobile broadband Internet. I really don’t need to lift someone’s signal, since I have a high-speed wireless card. These things are quickly becoming very popular, but I’ve had mine for almost a year. It’s fantastic. I’ve updated the site while sitting in Citizen’s Bank Park watching a Phillies game, and I’ve sent breaking news e-mails from the side of the road or while in car. It’s a little pricey at $80/month (I hope to get that down to $60 once I get my regular cell service) but it’s well worth it. I know people who don’t need a router who use it at their lone internet access service. I’m coaching my 9-year old son’s baseball team this year, but for my older son, who’ll play probably 50-60 high school, babe ruth, and all-star games from now until the summer, I’ll be watching him play while working on my laptop with a true broadband connection. I used to miss some of those games, especially those later in the summer. It truly is a beautiful thing.