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.