Martha’s Vineyard vs. Nantucket

Martha’s Vineyard vs. Nantucket: Small Contrasts, Fierce Loyalty

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View of house from air

8/3/2017 9:00AM

The islands off Cape Cod, Mass., are famous for their beaches, New England charm and affluent summer residents. But many Martha’s Vineyard loyalists say they’ve never been to Nantucket, and vice versa. Courtesy: The Wall Street Journal

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Lawn Blues – surviving the tenants

A few notes on the lawn

The lawn got abused by a party held July 15th and we are trying to repair it. You might see some newly seeded areas that should be marked “out of play”. I don’t have out of play signs but perhaps you can imagine some from watching the Invitational at Augusts.

Lawn Damage July 2017
Lawn Damage July 2017

I would really appreciate your cooperation in saving the lawn as doing a repair mid summer is very difficult.

I would request and suggest that the anyone using the lawn and especially lawn game players play barefoot. There are numerous health benefits to that and it would also help the lawn quite a bit I think.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/02/29/why-kids-should-go-barefoot-more-and-probably-adults-too/?utm_term=.2182bd2c20d6

http://www.footfiles.com/wellness/relaxation/article/footloose-is-walking-barefoot-good-or-bad-for-your-health

https://www.fix.com/blog/health-benefits-of-barefoot-gardening/

http://www.stethnews.com/2337/you-will-walk-barefoot-on-grass-after-reading-this/

If your feet get dirty our outdoor shower next to the kitchen door is available.

I am trying to find a Thai foot massage service that could be on call. I hope to have more news on that soon.

Cheers,
The Management

A celebration of a man and his family

There is no doubt that the house is perfect for family reunions and celebrations but it is rare that it gets used by such a wonderful group with such a colorful story.

Paul Simko celebrated his 90th Birthday surrounded by his large family who came from as far away as Switzerland and Argentina. They maxed out the house and enjoyed every inch of it. Paul escaped from Austria to La Paz Bolivia just before the start of WW II. He emigrated to Argentina in 1946 and started a successful import export business there.

Paul has a wonderful large family and became a US citizen in 2010. His birthday celebrations have been large affairs and have been held in various wonderful locations around the world. We were lucky to have hosted him.

Paul Simko Book Cover
Paul Simko Book Cover

You can read more about Paul in his book

https://www.amazon.com/Escape-Disaster-Triple-Journey-Freedom/dp/1477131566#reader_1477131566

Here is the back cover

Simko Book back cover
Simko Book back cover

WiFi in this old house

Here on the island you have two choices of Internet provider, Verizon (no FIOS yet) and Comcast. The Verizon is provided over DSL using a POTS (plain old telephone service) copper wires coming in. The DSL service is generally slow. Since many of our guests are working hard normally I don’t want them to be frustrated by a slow internet keeping them from enjoying their vacations. To that end I selected Comcast/XFinity for our cable and internet. We still use Verizon for the phone at the house for alarm connections but that is hopefully going to go away sometime.

I recently Swapped out the exiting modem with telephony for greater speeds and now have an Arris Model TG1682G

This is odd because it is not the best or fastest unit. The specs are

  • Device Type Gateway
  • Download Speed Up to 290 Mbps
  • Voice/Telephone enabled Yes
  • WiFi enabled Yes
  • DOCSIS Channels 24 down × 8 up
  • DOCSIS Version DOCSIS 3.0
  • IPv6 Yes

Their own WiFi recommendation is for this unit

ARRIS SURFboard SVG2482AC Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem/ AC1750 WiFi Router / 2-Voice Lines for XFINITY- Retail Packaging- White

  • Device Type Gateway
  • Download Speed Up to 642 Mbps
  • Voice/Telephone enabled Yes
  • WiFi enabled Yes
  • DOCSIS Channels 24 down × 8 up
  • DOCSIS Version DOCSIS 3.0
  • IPv6 Yes

I will try to upgrade this but it may not be worth it.

$10 per month is what I pay for this and I figure the rental is worth it so that I don’t have to worry if the modem goes down during the summer.

Ideal setup will be the latest ARRIS model with a new Linksys Router – This is what is on order.

I will continue to use the 2013 Asus rt-ac66u as an access point for the front of the house

ASUS AC1750 Wireless Dual Band (5GHz + 2.4GHz) Gigabit Wi-Fi Router [RT-AC66U] 802.11ac 1750 Mbps Speed, 4x Gigabit LAN Ports, 256MB, AiProtection, AiCloud File Sharing, AiRadar Signal Optimization

 

Test your setup using this website http://beta.speedtest.net

WiFi Setup for 2017
WiFi Setup for 2017
WiFi Setup for 2017
WiFi Setup for 2017
WiFi Setup for 2017
WiFi Setup for 2017 SHelf in Basement
WiFi Setup for 2017
WiFi Setup for 2017 Modem