The Other I

August 8, 2015

Another Me-First event

Filed under: Just Stuff,Stuff of Life: Current Exploits — theotheri @ 4:18 pm

When we lived in Spain, it felt as if we had returned to about the 1920’s.  Among other things,  we were unable to get a telephone into the house and had to walk fifteen minutes to the public telephone boxes on the beach.  We were thrilled when after several years we were able to get a proper land-line phone in the home for a mere $5000 (about £3000).

I was working at my computer this morning about 10:30 when I was interrupted by a message saying that my internet connection was being cut and would be off line for up to a half hour.  In the event, it was only about 5 minutes.  But to my dismay, I discovered that we had no telephone connection whatsoever.  Nada.  No dial tone.  Nothing.

I went on line to our internet & phone company and followed all their directions.  Still total silence.  I checked with our neighbour who is not having any problems.

I won’t describe the rest of the process.  If you live in the 21st century you can probably make up a version of the story with a fair amount of accurate detail.

The short rendering is that it is an external problem and we will be without a telephone connection of any kind for at least four days.  We’ve also been warned to expect our internet connection to be cut as well.

In fact, I have just this minute received a warning to that effect.

Wonder what four days of cloistered silence is going to feel like.



  1. Ok – take a deep breath, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to eat something every 4-5 hours😊


    Comment by rayvoith — August 10, 2015 @ 1:16 am | Reply

    • Thank you for the advice, Ray! As I suggest in my post today, it turned out to be quite a positive experience. Maybe I should go out to that telephone box and pull the wire out of the socket myself every once in a while. Modern life might be represent two steps forward. But it’s at least one step backward at the same time, isn’t it? Terry


      Comment by theotheri — August 13, 2015 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

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