Tuesday, October 30, 2007

High Tech Comes to Greenwich

Your scribe is having a new telephone line put in - you know, one phone for each ear - and the Verizon people at first said no problem, we'll just flick a switch in our central office and you'll have your new dial tone. But such was not to be....

Came a technician, who left a message on line #1 saying that in your scribe's absence she was unable to gain access to the basement where the wires entered the house. Call for another appointment, she said.

After many tries, and much Muzak, your scribe finally reached an appointment- maker, who said they had nothing available for a week. Protests were useless, tears unavailing. Next week or next month, your choice.

This morning a second technician (finally) arrived, saying the basement had nothing to do with the situation. He grabbed a ladder off his truck, and climbed the telephone pole across the street. Moments later an agglomeration of twigs and straw came fluttering down. Turned out an old bird's nest was the problem. The technician folded his ladder and his tents (I speak metaphorically) and drove off towards the (Verizon) horizon. And now your scribe can carry on two phone conversations at once.

Ain't technology wonderful?


Blogger Vicki said...

You'll be oh so faster at spreading the news once Erica takes over the world. :D

October 30, 2007 1:11 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...


How did you know that's why I wanted that second line? :-)

October 30, 2007 1:22 PM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

No problem? Where have I heard that before? It rings alarm bells. As do telephone engineers (sorry if there are any out there reading this. Just take it as a joke, if you like.) So a telephone engineer telling you there's no problem - sounds like a double whammy to me! At least you got a double phone line out of it. Seems fair.

I read your comment on Jennifer's blog (I think it was her). Writing is nothing to do with earning money. It's great when you do get paid, because it gives you the freedom to spend more time writing. But the real buzz is always the writing. (I seriously hope my publisher doesn't read this! or there goes my next advance....)

October 31, 2007 11:54 AM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Hi, Leigh! Welcome to Greenwich Gossip!

I think my comment was actually on Christine's blog, since she had the good taste to laugh at my title suggestion yesterday, and said she could get away with it because she is a librarian. So then I visted her blog, and left the comment you mention; this issue has been much debated by Diana and myself. I've always felt that blogging was writing, since one finds tons of truly creative writing in blogs, but at one point Diana almost had me convinced to change my POV. Christine has helped me to get back in touch with my inner self, and now I stand aligned with you and her.

What, me waffle? Never again!

Writing is nothing to do with earning money. It's great when you do get paid, because it gives you the freedom to spend more time writing. But the real buzz is always the writing.

Yay, Leigh! Wish I'd said this first! (And where were you when Diana and I were going around on this issue in her blog?) :-)

October 31, 2007 1:13 PM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

Hi Bill

It was good to hear from you. Am I correct in assuming you're in Greenwich New York, not Greenwich London, as I originally assumed, for no good reason? Anyway, I digress. I've answered your comment on my blog, so now you have to visit me again! Keep in touch, fellow teacher-writer-blogbuddy.

I haven't checked this for typos!!

ps of course blogging is writing. Why the doubt? Or am I raking up an old debate? I feel I've missed the boat on that one, but no doubt it'll come up again if I wait long enough. It sounds like an interesting topic.... Hmmmmm (thinking)... I might use it for my next Wednesday blog.....

October 31, 2007 3:02 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Hi again, Leigh!

That's Greenwich, Connecticut - though there is in fact a Greenwich, New York as well.

Glad to have you as a new "fellow teacher-writer-blogbuddy"!

October 31, 2007 4:58 PM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

Hi Bill
Thank you for your intersting addition to my blog (aka linguistics lesson). I'll know better than to challenge you again!
It's sad that people are generally surprised by good manners and appreciation, isn't it? Perhaps this is something Erica could sort out for us goodies when she "takes over the world"?
Keep in touch.

October 31, 2007 5:09 PM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

Thank you too for your advice. It really does help to know there are such kind people 'out there' - I might even moderate my bitter twisted view of the human race...

After my last, I can't question your spelling of 'perferably'.... (Don't tell me - it's a real word...)

October 31, 2007 5:17 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Whoops! Sometimes the fingers trip over their own toes!

November 01, 2007 10:10 AM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

Good afternoon, Bill. Thank you for visiting my blog. I certainly wouldn't overlook one of your comments! I enjoy reading them far too much. I've tried to clarify my concerns about language in my response on my blog. I "researched" teenagers' language for my first book and learned to talk the talk, much to the amusement of the kids I teach. I'll NEVER ask you to "hush yer gums, blad"!!!

November 01, 2007 11:57 AM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

Hi Bill, I was hoping to give you the last word on my blog this week but someone else has dropped by unexpectedly so I might as well answer you. I'll comment on mine where I can see what you said. Thank you again for visiting. It's always a pleasure to hear from such an erudite blogger.

November 03, 2007 1:09 PM  
Blogger Erica Ridley said...

LOL. Gotta love technology. And, er, Verizon's version of it. =)

November 03, 2007 8:13 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Hi, Erica! Just be sure I'm near the top of the telephone tree when you achieve world domination - I'd hate to have gone through the hassle of putting in a second line and not be able to use it for its intended purpose! ;-)

November 04, 2007 2:07 PM  
Blogger Erica Ridley said...

I plan to institute teleportation technology shortly after achieving my world domination goals.

I'll bump you to the top of the list. =)

November 04, 2007 11:06 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

I plan to institute teleportation technology

As usual, Erica is miles ahead of the rest of the human race...gee, one wonders what the poor Verizon technicians will find to do? ;-)

November 05, 2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

Hi Bill, Thanks for visiting. After obsessively blogging for 2 weeks I'm now back at work... I've been thinking about what to put on my Wednesday post and discovered it's best not to think about it too much. On reflection my ideas never seem as interesting as when they first spring unbidden into my thoughts! Looking forward to Erica's teleportation technology - but what will be the effect on blogging? Just when I've become addicted!

November 06, 2007 11:11 AM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

Hi, Leigh!

Good to hear from you - sorry that work is interfering with your blogging these days. But someone has to set those kids on the straight and narrow, and who better than you? :-)

Erica plans to re-shape time as well as space. Time spent blogging will not count against your 24-hour-per-day allotment, so that you can keep your day job and still blog away to your heart's content. So I guess blogging will not be supplanted by teleportation technology, since to the best of my (limited) knowledge the latter moves only objects, not words. Manipulating the words is still up to us. (And I'm sure Erica would have it no other way!) :-)

November 06, 2007 12:37 PM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

I hope Erica sees it our way when she takes over. Is she accepting petitions, do you think, like Julius Caesar? Or should we send our personal wish lists to her blog? only I'd hate to miss the boat and I really would like to see more purple clothes in the shops. (I don't know who Erica is, by the way. I hope she doesn't think I'm taking her name in vain here.)

November 06, 2007 5:52 PM  
Blogger Bill Clark said...

I don't know who Erica is, by the way.

OMG, Leigh, how can you not know the goddess and queen of my heart, Erica Ridley? She gave you a prize yesterday, which shows how kind and generous she is. She writes with consummate skill (as do we all, but some are more consummate than others), and has recently acquired an agent to help shepherd her first novel into print, even as she works away on revising her other WIPs. She is a web site guru, soccer mom in training, and Manuscript Maven par excellence. In fact, at this very moment she is en route to the West Coast for a Maven retreat.

Many a time and oft have I knelt before her in the fleecy fields of cyberspace to press my suit. I have offered her half my kingdom. She is my ne plus ultra, my summum bonum (summa bona?), and gold standard of feminine grace and beauty.

(No, I've never actually met her, but if Barkis can fall in love with Peggoty after eating a slice of her pie, I can surely fall in love with Erica after reading her book and her blog.) :-)

Dickens, thou should'st be living at this hour! Bill hath need of thee! Tell her, oh tell her: "Bill is willin'."

Probably TMI, Leigh, but you asked, and of course I had to answer! :-)

November 07, 2007 9:49 AM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

Hi Bill I've just been looking around Erica's blogs and I see what you mean. All that and chocolate covered macadamia nuts! How could you not be a devotee? I'm converted. We might encounter a little problem with Gordon Brown - he's waited so long to be PM there's a danger he might resist Erica's peaceful coup, but I'm sure he'll agree to concede once he sees her blog.

November 07, 2007 3:11 PM  

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