One Ringy Dingy


When Going Back to Bed seems like a Good Idea

I am at that point in life where consolidation seems like a good idea: finances, possessions, you name it.

It was for that reason that I decided to make Verizon my single stop for home phone, internet and cell service.

Months ago I made the arrangements and even ordered a new cell phone from Verizon.  Like many “good” ideas I never got around to actually porting the number over from Virgin Mobile, until yesterday.

And yesterday was to be ambitious:  port the phone, have my taxes done and renew the registration on my vehicle on the last day possible.

So much for that plan.

Having ported the number over the night before, I expected to awake to my new Verizon service.  Not only did the old phone not work, the new one advised me that my service had been disconnected for non-payment.

I was able to call Verizon customer service to explain that I showed a $114 payment on March 15 but they could not hear me on the new phone.  That advised me to fax in proof of payment and promptly hung up.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a fax machine.  I located the proof online and went to print it, only to find that my virtually new Canon printer wouldn’t even turn on.

Coincidentally, renewing my vehicle registration online requires a printer for the temporary permit so that idea was also dead in the water.

So, it was off to the tax man, fairly brimming with confidence that last year’s changes, including the payment of estimated taxes would make this an easy task with perhaps, a rebate to recalibrate my day.

I shuffled out of the tax office at noon, $3600 poorer and I hadn’t even bought my lunch.

At least I wasn’t bothered by any phone calls.

My afternoon recovery plan included a Best Buy expedition for a new printer to jump start the other tasks.

$140 later I was home with a new printer.  Having disconnected the “old” one, I decided that nothing would be lost by trying the old “give it a good whack” technique before recycling it.  I dropped it about a foot onto a concrete floor, plugged it in and it now works fine.

Now I have two printers and a broken phone.

Maybe I’ll try that with the phone.




  • Smitty says:

    OMG, Eric. Who can’t relate to a day like that? I hope today is better, but if not, go back to bed!

  • Victoria Huckenpahler says:

    THAT is what I call a 3-Martini day!

    Seriously, Eric, while I don’t have Fax capability, I know Connie does, and would always be happy to let you use hers in a pinch. A number of us at various times have availed ourselves of her kindness. Also, H and I have a photocopying machine in 658, which is used by many as need arises. Again, don’t hesitate to let me know in a pinch.

    Hoping your luck is better today! Victoria

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