Friday, April 23, 2010

Not Gonna Reach My Telephone

Well, Miss Piper is at it again.  Showing us that she thinks of things her older siblings never did.....

This morning as I was getting ready for work I noticed that the phone in our room said "No Line" on it.  Obviously when I picked it up, there was no dial tone.  My first thought was that one of the other handsets was picked up or something.  I went downstairs and found the same thing on the other two phones.  I called Jason (on my cell) and told him and then texted my SIL to let her know if she needed to talk to her mom that day to call her cell.  (What did people do before the internet and cell phones when their phone went out - did you have to go down the road to a pay phone????)

I got to work and researched it on Verizon's website and found that you have to do a little diagnostic testing yourself before a service person will come out - at least a "free" service person.  (If you can't figure out if the problem is your problem or theirs you get charged.)  When Jay got home from work he did what the website told him to do and started investigating.

Little did I know that the day before he had pulled a smashed pencil point out of the unused phone jack in the playroom - he didn't think anything of it at the time and never mentioned it to me.  Culprit, Piper.  Apparently when she jammed that pencil in there, she jostled the connection so that it turned the phone off to the other 2 lines in the house.  For some reason all the lines in the house are connected to that jack in the playroom - a jack that has always been there and has never been touched in the past 6 years.

We have all of our electric sockets covered but we didn't even think about covering the phone jack.  You stick your finger in there and nothing would happen.  Apparently Piper thought a pencil should be shoved in there for some good reason.  Good enough that we were without phone service probably for about 24 hours.  (We didn't notice it was down last night.)  Anyway, Jason fiddled with it and rewired it and it's fine now.  I guess we should put a plug in it, huh?

I'm telling you....these 3rd children are interesting little characters.

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