Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Well, we've solved a third of our household malfunctions. The telephone repairman came yesterday, and I raced home from work to meet him.. He discovered that our phone line, outside our house, was disconnected. He reconnected it and everything works fine.
I asked him how that could have happened -- was it accidental or intentional? He said he wasn't sure but that it wasn't just loose. Multiple wires were completely disconnected. That sounds a little suspicious to me. I wonder if we'll get our phone bill and find a dozen calls to Botswana or Belarus.
A more likely possibility is that our neighbor -- who has been carrying on numerous home improvement projects including rewiring the lighting over his front door, near the phone box -- disconnected it, perhaps not realizing what it was.
Doesn't it seem silly that we're still dependent on data running through phone lines, in this age of Wi-Fi and such? Seems like we should have moved past that by now. We ought to have an instant satellite uplink. Or something.
Anyway, it's working now, thank goodness, and it's pretty great to sit here and blog from the comfort of our own couch.
The appliance man is allegedly coming this afternoon to attend to our dysfunctional washing machine and dishwasher.
Otherwise, there's not much to tell. Today is a half-day at school and if the weather is decent I might try to take some photos afterwards. It's been cold the last few days -- it was 47º F yesterday morning! I am continually surprised by how cold London can be in June.
(Photo: A clematis flower growing near some graffiti at Hampstead Cemetery, May 23.)