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E.T. Phone Home

By Wyatt Earp | December 22, 2008

Just don’t phone me because I DON’T HAVE ANY DAMNED PHONE SERVICE!!!

So, last night Philly was in the grips of the mother of all wind storms. Most of my outdoor Christmas ornaments and lights were about to leave for Oz, when I secured them with anything I had. (I should probably see if Kyle needs food, by the way.) Any hoo, it was bad stuff.

When we awoke this morning, the house and ornaments were still here, but the phone service? Not so much. Our house phone (Verizon) is kaput - no dial tone, no service. We can live with that, because our cell phones are on. However, my internet service (also Verizon) is spotty at best. It comes in and out, and the DSL light on my modem flicks on and off every few minutes.

This cannot stand. Without internet service, I can’t blog; and that’s not good for anyone.

So, while I was out skating - too cold to walk, so I went to the rink - the missus called Verizon to get the straight poop from them. And poop there was. Apparently, the problem is localized to Casa de Earp, because most of the other customers are online. Lovely.

The good news is that they will be out to fix the problem. The bad news is that it won’t be until sometime on Christmas Eve!!!

When I heard that, I imagined myself doing this to the suits at Verizon HQ . . .

Luckily, cooler heads prevailed, and I’ll be staying home. For the next day or so, the internet service may be sporadic. I’ll try to write some posts beforehand, just in case I can’t get online when I need to. Sorry about that, everyone!

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15 Responses to “E.T. Phone Home”

  1. Bitter Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Eek! It was bad here, but we didn’t have that problem. Now that I think about it, it is amazing we didn’t lose some kind of service.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Bitter - Hey, how ya doin? It’s still pretty windy now, but the internet is off and on. Phones are still dead, though. Personally, I was surprised that Verizon would come out on Christmas Eve . . .

  3. B.C. Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    You’ve been offline sporadically? Hmmmmmmm… Ya’d think someone would have noticed.

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    B.C. - OUCH!!! (Okay, it was funny, but OUCH!)

  5. CaptainAmerica Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Dude you can come over and use mine. SPEAKEASY is working just fine! MAXIMUM SNARK
    Hey it’s Christmas!

  6. CaptainAmerica Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Riiiiing. Rrrrrrrrrriiiiiinnnnnnggggggg.

    Wyatt: Hello? (panting out of breath)

    Caller: Is this Wyatt?

    Wyatt: Yes this is Wyatt.

    Caller: Is your refrigerator running?

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,!!!!

    Blog phone prank.

  7. Randal Graves Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    3 words - Underground FIOS lines.

  8. Woody Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Did you reboot the modem? Whenever anything electronic goes out that has a 50/50 chance of fixing it.

    Good clip by the way. Never really got into the superhero movies, but that scene is what convinced me they could do a good Drizzt movie. Hopefully it will happen.

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Captain - Best thing about no phone? I don’t have to ignore your calls for two days!

    Randal - Yeah, Philly is allegedly getting it . . . and it will be up and running in at least FIVE YEARS!

    Woody - Yep, I did that first. When I first got DSL, I landed a bad modem. Thought that was the issue here, too. And X-Men 2 is pretty good - especially that scene.

  10. B.C. Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Wyatt, ya’ know I was just givin’ ya’ a hard time, brudda. You’re one of the first blogs I read every day. (Besides the home base of Da’ Rott, of course.) I’d have been wondering if you’d been taken hostage by a band of roving Amazonian Scandinavian Nekkid Volleyball players if you missed an entire day of blogging.

  11. Kim Says:
    December 22nd, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    We lost power for a bit Sunday morning and I was very worried because of how cold it has been. I was going through names in my head of who I could call and we could stay with. Thankfully, it was only a couple of hours. Last time we had a severe power outage, we had no power for almost a week.

  12. JumpOut Says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 1:10 am

    OT kinda, but did my eyes deceive me, or was Curtis Manning one of the anonymous suits getting his ass whooped by Nightcrawler?

  13. USA_Admiral Says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 3:04 am

    The more reliant I become on modern luxuries the more of a slave I become. I would rather die than lose my internet connection.

  14. Kitty Says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Would the SS really carry the president like that — like a battering ram? How embarrassing!

  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    B.C. - I know, sir, and I appreciate it. It was still a sick (and very funny) burn. Of course, if I was kidnapped by said players, I wouldn’t want to come back!

    Kim - It’s Christmas Eve and they finally fixed the phone lines. The DSL has gone out sporadically, but I hope that will correct itself. If not, we’ll call again on Friday.

    JumpOut - Not sure, but it really looked like him, didn’t it?

    Admiral - You have no idea how I struggled without it. I’m an addict.

    Kitty - Only during his Jewish wedding, I think.