Then there are the remarkably detailed work orders like the Telco people
arriving to install a special circuit with a printout some seven feet in
length giving the characteristics of every wire from the original switch to
the current location. The installer generally wads it up carefully, pulls
out his handset, and says "now what is it exactly you want?"
That's because once the installer is at your premise, all he cares
about is where you would like the jack. <G>
He often needs at least the last two pages of that work order for
cable makeup, doubler (on some xDSL T's), crossbox location and
assignments, and smart jack type and options. He needed that before
you even knew he was coming.
Page one may contain data as to what tests he needs to run from your
premise to the far end at turn up. The information for the other end
provides information for him to set up his test set(s), to properly
condition the other end for the tests. You just don't get to see it
used, so in your narrow view it seems like wasted paper.
When things don't go as planned, the whole seven feet of paper can be
a great resource. Many telcos have tried, on several occasions, not
giving all the information to the technicians. Instead providing a
filtered document listing only "needed" data. It doesn't work very
"German council employees mistakenly felled one of the country's most famous
trees after mistaking it for a five-year-old ash."
Perfect thing to read at the end of a long
day full of bad news. I take the loss of
trees almost personally after slowly
going bald while watching all the Dutch
Elms disappear from the neighborhood.
my scalp, but
If I ever wrote a novel, those two bittersweet events would be tied together.
In 1960 when I moved to the Chicago
suburbs all the streets in my neighbor-
hood were the floors of magnificent 60 foot
gothic archways created by the elms;
there were at least a couple of mature
trees on the parkway of each house.
By 1968 as my hairline began to
recede the trees were being decimated.
Two parallel events, my way of getting
some humor out of it. Maybe if I'd
started using some Rogaine, the trees
would have come back.
Yup. That mentality really does exist. Many years ago, when my wife and I first
married, I discovered that her ex ran over small trees or cut down larger ones
because they interfered with straight progress of the lawn mower.
We planted about 65 trees in the first 2-3 years we were married.
"Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a
pleasure." Ambrose Bierce
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