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Festive. Us.
Been (or by the end will be) a long day away today. I wound up traveling to Rochester just for the office party here that begins in about an hour; unlike prior firms of mine that limited such functions to employees (or, at most, spouses), this office invites family of all ages and connections, and so Emily and Cameron will be joining us.

I got a confirmation on a settlement while literally stepping out of my car in the parking lot here this morning, so that karma alone made the trip worthwhile.  It was quiet for a bit after that, since the office phone/internet system all went down for a couple of hours. This is why I always resist the calls from both the Time Warner and Verizon camps to sign up for their all-in-one packages; at least with the split service, when one goes down you have the other.

On the other hand, I have been giving serious thought to taking out some, if not all, of our landlines. They run home and business a few hundred a month between them, and the only real value in any of it is the goodwill built up in my business phone number, which I could port to a cell line.  Our home landline originally functioned as a rollover "backup" for calls coming into my business number, but now I have that on forward to my mobile almost all the time; most of the activity on the home line consists of (1) voicemails from doctors telling us about canceled appointments that we wind up going to because we don't hear the messages in time (Verizon voicemail gives no visible signal of waiting messages except a faint little envelope that appears on one display), and (2) robocalls from various energy, car warranty and travel scams.  Then there's the fax line, which I use outbound an average of once a week at most, and on which almost all of the incoming activity consists of (1) adverts from roofing contractors (especially since Snowmageddon, despite our area getting little snow), and, (2) junk faxes from various energy, car warranty and travel scams.  So if you have a number for us beginning with an 839, there's a very good chance it will be currently dead in the next month or so.

Apropos of the icon: Patrick Stewart was a guest on Wait Wait over the weekend, and he did a marvelous Not My Job segment, including a sample of his original Yorkshire-area dialect and, best of all, a petit taste of what Captain Jean-Luc Picard would have sounded like if he had done the role with Paramount's originally-requested French accent.  You can make this so by clicking here.

Next three days are filling up quickly with work, but the following two weeks are thus far looking completely dead.  That is not a complaint, but merely a fact.

Off to air the grievances or something;)
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warriorsavant From: warriorsavant Date: December 17th, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dropped my landline at home over a year ago. Don't miss it. Do still need one for the office, also a fax, but you have to assess your business pattern.
yesididit From: yesididit Date: December 18th, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
t-mobile beeps me when i get a voice message and tells me i have a new message on the phone screen. i cant imagine not being notified in an obviously way that i have a voicemail. that would be very annoying. perhaps there is a setting on your cell phone that suppresses it? i can even choose the sound my phone makes to notify me of voicemail.
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