Christmas Eve morning, I returned from the grocery store to see an AT & T phone truck parked down on the corner near our house. We switched our phone service back to AT & T from Mediacom two months ago because their phone service was terrible. I hadn’t called for any service. I went ahead and picked up our receiver anyways. It was working fine. There are three phone boxes out front spanning from our house down to the corner.
I retrieved the mail and noticed this phone guy had all three boxes open, in the pouring rain mind you, doing whatever phone guys do on Christmas Eve day. I thought about asking him what was going on but I didn’t. That was mistake number one. Then he pulled a bunch of wires out of our phone box, cut them off, slammed the box shut and jumped in his truck and drove away. I didn’t chase him down. That was mistake number two.
I picked up our receiver only to hear the loudest static I’ve ever heard. I was totally thinking, no way. I don’t know about you guys, but we tend to use the phone a little more over the holidays, especially since my family is all out of state. In the meantime, our phone was ringing off the wall. The phone would ring but if you answered it you got static. The static was so loud that we couldn’t even record a voice message to let people know our phone was out. All the people calling left messages and assumed we weren’t home. We quit answering it. There was nothing we could do.
I called At & T only to be on my cell for who knows how long, punching one for this and two for that. The only thing I could do was order service that would happen on Wednesday, December 30th. Because when they called and did a phone test, heck it was ringing, so the recording basically assumed we weren’t an emergency situation. We can’t wait to receive our massive cell phone bill for the holiday overload. Looking forward to January 15th already.
Let’s jump to Christmas Day shall we? People are e-mailing us holiday photos and what nots wishing us well. At 11:30 a.m. our internet decides to bite it as well. I know you’re thinking I’m making up one hell of a story now don’t you? I’m not. It was true. No land line, no internet. And what, we got a dusting of snow? Sheesh. We called Mediacom since we’ve got that direct life line to their retention center now you know. The word was 500 people are out in your area, we’re working on it. Kewl. We kicked back and enjoyed the quiet, minus the phone ringing and ring it did. All night long. It started to get really possessed and ring half a ring or just one ring at like two in the morning. Crazy, I know.
Finally on Saturday, December 26th, I called AT & T again. This time I just started punching buttons and got to talk to a real live person. He was extremely nice. And just for a heads up, it’s not the zero that gets you through to a heartbeat, it’s the POUND sign. In case you’re ever in need. He told me so, hit it once, twice or even three times (a lady) if you will. Someone from AT & T will be here tomorrow, December 28th, a Monday, to repair our box.
Around seven that same Saturday evening, our internet came back up and we got to have some sort of communication. Does anyone have any luck with tin cans and wire? How about a crank box? I’m thinking with all this positive yoga energy I should be more than able to power something up for awhile. Our holiday wasn’t all bad. We actually had a very nice one and I’ll bring some of that in tomorrow now that we’re back online. Stay warm.