My hometown of Wethersfield Connecticut - settled in 1634 - nestled right between Boston and New York City
[photo above by George Savic at Yankee Magazine]
For a while now, I've been wanting to share a bit about my beloved hometown of Wethersfield. How nice to recently discover that a real author has already done all that legwork for me, a really nice job of putting it all together. Two quality pieces actually, just published this month. They really capture the special magic of this Colonial American town of 26,668 souls in a quiet Central-Connecticut suburb, nestled among lush green hills. A mere 2 hours drive from New York or Boston, or 22 minutes to Bradley International Airport (BDL). A short 40 minute drive to New Haven Union Station, where Metro North takes me right to NYC's Grand Central Station for about $21. Very conveniently located for getting to various computer user groups, and for various consulting opportunities I've had these past 20 years in IT.
Back in the 90s, as the local telco installer wired up my home, he mentioned I was the very first residential ISDN subscriber in town. These days, I already enjoy about 200Mbps down, and 20Mbps up for internet, a perk of living in a large metro area of nearly a million humans, where this 16 channel DOCIS 3.0 cablemodem can fly. Coming up next, fiber-based Cox Gigablast.
I've seen about 35 of the 50 United States, and I love exploring each location for unique charms. And each time I return home from one of these business trips, I realize just how fortunate I am to live right here.
Other than college near Boston and my 5 years in gorgeous Ithaca NY, I've been in lovely Wethersfield since age 1, and my parents and a sibling still live here. I raised my kids who went to public school here, and even married my wife in the church described by author Malerie Yolen-Cohen:
While he was in town, in 1781, George Washington worshiped across the street at The First Church of Christ, built in 1761. John Adams, too, was a guest, and after climbing the steeple proclaimed it the "most grand and glorious sight seen."
So, if you're into history, or even if you're British and still a bit miffed ;-), check out these historic articles:
Wethersfield CT: Connecticut Started Here
by Malerie Yolen-Cohen for Getaway Mavens, Dec 3 2015.
- 15 Cool Reasons to Visit Wethersfield, CT
by Malerie Yolen-Cohen for HUFFPOST TRAVEL, Dec 4 2015.
If you're a TinkerTry reader and in the area and wish to say hi, please don't hesitate to contact me so we can try to arrange a meet-up!
Travel adventures are cool, meeting new people is great, getting home to CT is pretty awesome too (earlier today) pic.twitter.com/rTd90KdUAc— Paul Braren (@paulbraren) September 15, 2015
See also some of my public Google+ photos from around town, here's some of them:
Contacted Cox about Gigablast availability at my address. Was routed to a third party representative who tried to answer my pre-sales questions, claiming that Gigablast roll-out is intended to be complete by 2017 for all Cox internet customers. I was then transferred to a Cox representative, who said the 3rd party is likely incorrect, and that Cox doesn't have a set date. She also mentioned that Flanagan's Landing Apartments in the next town over called Glastonbury is where Gigablast is first arriving in Connecticut.
- Firsthand experience with ASUS RT-AC68U, Netgear R7000, and Linksys EA6900 802.11ac WiFi routers