Scenic McKinney, Texas is one of the fastest-growing
cities in the nation. In 2014, it was voted “Best
Place to Live” by Money Magazine.
After living in the same house for 15 years, raising four kids (now fully-formed,
card-carrying millennials) and celebrating my 54th birthday, I
finally convinced my wife to relocate in August.
So, how did I accomplish this feat of salesmanship and
why would we leave? The answer is simple – we bought a lake house. It’s a
smaller home, inspired by 1940s architecture, in a small community on a 95-year-old,
man-made lake about an hour outside of Dallas. My commute is a little bit
longer, but it is well worth it. This is where we will retire (just not yet as
I’ve still got at least 10 great years with a great company); but more
importantly, this is where the aforementioned kids will visit with their
friends and someday bring our grandchildren-to-be-named-later (#imnotgettinganyyoungerkids).
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After being in the house for nearly a month, the only downside
so far is connectivity. I expected poor cellular coverage, but knew I was
covered with my microcell. We knew the options for TV were limited, but were
ready to sacrifice channel-flipping capability for on-demand content. As far as
I was concerned, that’s all I cared about. After all, for any visitor, this
lake house should be a place to lie in a hammock, unwind, relax and disconnect.
I even envisioned a hidden switch where I could secretly disconnect the Internet
and turn the entire house into a weekend Faraday cage.
So much for that idea. It took about a week until the
fastest available speeds (3Mg down / 768k up) became untenable. Calls are fine,
email is no problem, Skype is reasonable.; however, we can only stream one show
at a time. When doing so, don’t try to run any other mobile app. I don’t have a
solution yet, but I’ve learned something about myself.
I was born in 1963 and am technically a baby boomer, yet
feel so much younger. This alone doesn’t qualify me for the
millennial generation, or even Gen Z, but I think that my
insatiable need for seamless connectivity does. So often I hear people say in
presentations that millennials’ expectations are what is driving the market. Millennials
shmillennials! We’re all in this together. Even my older brother, who literally
got his first mobile phone six months ago, constantly teases me about our
pathetic network speeds at the new house.
Calling all baby boomers! Before you dismiss my youthful
claim, perform this simple test: try to function like I’ve described for a solid
month. Do you qualify as millennial? I feel younger already; maybe you will,