Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better.
If you’ve been to my house, you know we don’t answer the phone. When it rings, 9 times out of 10 it’s for someone else. The caller wants to talk to people I’ve never heard of or has a remodeling job for me, and I don’t know anything about either.
After two years of this, when our phone company called offering faster internet without the home phone for less money, I jumped at the chance.
Originally, we’d had to keep both in order to get the best price. Now I could get rid of a nuisance and be able to speed up my photo editing and web surfing.
The phone company couldn’t get any technicians out here for a few weeks, but I’m a patient person, so that brings us up to yesterday.
The fellows showed up on time and got to work inside and out. It was all going swimmingly. A few hours later, one of them knocked on my door with this tale of woe.
We haven’t been hooked up to the proper phone line. Somehow, the last technician had jerry-rigged a connection to the neighbor’s line a mile down the road. This guy was surprised that we had any service at all.
Well, that explained a lot.
Apparently we don’t have a connection to the short green box with red lettering 1100 feet up the driveway.
By the way, that’s the technical description the phone guy gave me. And in order to have the high speed internet we’ve been promised it has to be there.
Since we’re an existing customer, not a new home just built, we won’t have to pay for the line, and they’ve put a rush on our order.
That being said, our internet is down for a few days, a week, maybe more.
Now you maybe asking why in the world the original workman didn’t just set us up properly. Roll time back a few years, when the house was empty, and the driveway was completely overgrown. I doubt the fellow had a chance of finding this little green box in amongst the brambles.
Even with MR’s constant efforts. The post would be hard to see if all the brush wasn’t cleared from in front of it.
Workers bringing you bad news? Do you have a home phone or have you switched exclusively to cell?