Thursday was the hottest day so far here — the temperature on our porch reached 98.6° that afternoon. I know that’s not so bad for some of you, but I tend to wilt in the heat. Anyway, I was thinking about how to get involved in something when I tried checking my email — no luck, the internet was down again. And when I checked the phone line the heavy static was back.
So, problem solved. I knew how I was going to spend the day. And I knew what today’s post would be about. I made a couple of phone calls through the static and still encountered some, “It’s not our responsibility, it’s theirs.” But it all turned out fine. The apartment management changed the phone jacks inside our apartment just in case. As we guessed, they weren’t the problem, but they were about 40 years old, so it wasn’t an unreasonable thing to try. Then I phoned the telephone company and signed up for some insurance — $6 a month plus taxes for the phone company to make house calls, no $85 a visit if they determined the problem wasn’t their responsibility.
They said the technician would be here sometime Friday morning, but he appeared at my door a couple of hours later. He said he was reasonably sure the problem was worn-out fuses in the phone box on the outside of the building. He had already changed them, and he thought that probably fixed the problem for good. We decided to keep the insurance for a few months just in case, then we’ll cancel it.
In the meantime I started on the cartoon above, so it was a productive day in spite of the heat. All in all, since the phone problem was bound to come back sometime, it had picked a great time to do it.
What about you? Do you have trouble with the heat? Have you ever experienced mutual, “It’s not our responsibility, it’s theirs?” Does blogging help you see minor hassles as adventures to be shared rather than just annoyances?