The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

29 November 2003


This post comes to you from the Belle Isle Library of the Metropolitan Library System, inasmuch as a telephone company which shall remain nameless (though its initials are S.B.C.) has thus far failed to provide me with anything resembling a working telephone line.

Which is a considerable letdown, since everyone else involved in this move put forth truly heroic levels of effort. On the backbreaking-labor end of it, I must thank Steffanie and Bill, her son JP, Leslie, and the ineffable (no one dares eff him) Terkish Payne. I owe them lots (and lots of food also).

And the real driving force here is my daughter Rebecca, who flew down from Kansas City to see the old man finally clean up his act. I am indeed blessed to have the children I have.

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled blog, assuming the phone drones get off dead center.

Posted at 3:40 PM to Surlywood

Food? Did I hear you correctly? When? What sort?

Posted by: wamprat at 12:28 AM on 30 November 2003

Yeah, food would be good. I *would* say you knew wampy well enough to know you have to feed her, but I dunno. Thought everyone knew about the Diet Coke, too.

And how such a pleasant person can be spawned from the loins of Chuck G. is beyond me. (Must have been when he was 'napped by aliens, and it was the doppleganger who's the real father or sumpin)

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 2:05 AM on 30 November 2003

I told SBC to to fark themselves over a year ago. We have Cox digital phone, and we're happy as clams. Cheaper and higher quality than Bell. And it gets us a price-break on our Cox high-speed internet!

Hope your phone issues get resolved soon.

Posted by: unixdude at 9:01 AM on 30 November 2003

Only problem though . . you know how the internet service goes down at times. When it does the phone is down too! At least having those with different companies solves that problem. Plus simply having cable tv with them affords you the same discount.

Posted by: ms7168 at 7:57 AM on 1 December 2003

True. Any two Cox svcs gets the discount. I've had Dish satellite for years. It would cost too much to match my programming with Cox Digital Cable. I have phone and internet from them. I'd say it's about 50/50 for losing both inernet and phone vs. just one or the other. If a drunk hits a power pole, well, there goes the whole thing. But sometimes, it's just an internet problem or just a phone problem.

Posted by: unixdude at 12:52 PM on 1 December 2003

Well, if I've learned anything from this, it's never to assume SBC has the slightest hint of a clue about anything: they just plug in the parameters and hope something works at the other end. Actually connecting this line took a total of 19 minutes, but they managed to spread it over five freaking days. I informed them that I expected to be compensated for the 129 minutes of wireless time I spent trying to get their corporate keister in gear; they said they'd drop the transfer fee, which is probably close enough.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:15 PM on 1 December 2003

I know some guys that could have had you hooked up to phone service in about 5 minutes, if you aren't too particular about what phone number you get, or if it's one of those.. um.. Party Lines where the other people don't know you're there. Oh sh!t! Combat! just came on.. bye

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 11:03 AM on 2 December 2003