But the fire I'm calling about started in the basement, where I'm
trapped because I tripped running for the phone and broke my hip.
The fire took out my TelCo block so I can't use the land line phone,
which I managed to grab on the way down to the cold, hard concrete slap.
My cell phone fell out of it's holster and slid under the washer.
I'm lying here shivering on the floor, well aware of the irony that the
fire will soon solve the warmth issue, while holding a useless phone in
my hand while staring at my lifeline lying under the washer.
I'll let you know how this all works out...
It was the laptop battery blowing up that caused the fire in the first
I believe it was the result of a very heated discussion in a.h.r
regarding the 911 capabilities of the various phone service options.
Damn that whole circle of life thing.
And REALLY wise people don't talk about their personal business, confess, or
You may recall the case of a woman shot with a .50 caliber bullet last week
while sitting in her RV at the Texas Motor Speedway. The shooter came
forward to apologize. Seems as if he was innocently target practicing some
2-1/2 miles away!
Mark my words, if he doesn't go to jail, he's at least in for some
significant legal expenses.
Depends what carrier you have. What a lot of folks don't realize is that
some carriers are really Mickey Mouse. One of my buddies works in that
industry and I often get to see the equipment and it is interesting to
see how companies choose to operate. One of the carriers has large
battery capacity and backup generators with large fuel tanks on almost
every cell site (some non-critical fill in sites don't have generators)
the other carriers have minimal battery and just a connector to plug in
one of the two or three portable generators they may have to cover a
1,000 square mile area.
We had a recent early snow storm here and there were lots of power
problems because leaves were still on the trees and the snow was heavy
and wet. All of the cell carriers except one dropped off the map within
hours and were still off a day later. And actually the carrier that has
a well designed system runs adds about their network and they are one of
the few ads that aren't hype.
I don't have cable phone, but the TWC site says that their E911 sends
the address and phone # of the caller location. I don't know about other
One problem with any cable phone is that it doesn't work during a power
failure, so you better have a cell phone or regular phone handy.
Still, there are more than a few residences where the bill for one
service is paid by the homeowner and the other by the employer of one of
In my own, humble career, on more than a few occasions, I installed a
Qwest line in a residence or business already served by Cox
Communications phone service.
Of course, this perverse combination is immoral and should be outlawed!
depends... pick up the phone base and look where the cable goes into
it. if you see 4 gold pin connectors the answer is yes, if you see 2
the answer is no.. that simple.. I rewired my house a few years ago
with cat 5 cable, you learn alot....
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