This weekend Blowfish was occupied elsewhere s0 I had the Pond house to myself. I did try doing some of the early Spring outdoor chores but the wind drove me indoors. I'm a bit behind on my house beautifying for Spring activities so I decided to capture this weekend with getting the house in order, getting the Easter decorations out and placed, getting all the laundry done and getting the heavier of the Winter clothing rotated out of the main closets.
Most of this got accomplished but Sunday afternoon around 1pm I got diverted. The Pond land line phone rang. These days most everyone calls cell phones. The majority of the calls to the land line are things like appointment reminders, politicians or those struggling to collect funds for their favored not for profit organization. But it was Sunday afternoon, I had been upstairs while the cell had been downstairs so I answered the old phone upstairs ( no caller ID).
" Is this Mrs. Fishery?"
" No, Mrs. Fishy"
" Is your location blah blah address"?
" I'm sorry, I don't think I caught your name"?
" Can you verify your social?"
I hung up and went downstairs to check the caller ID
Well, okay this was disruptive and a tad annoying but fleeting.
I got some lemonade and started back upstairs when the land line rang again.
Caller ID said, "Anonymous".
I did not answer the call and went on upstairs.
The phone continued to ring after a brief pause. I thought this weird because it is set to go to voice mail after 6 rings.The phone kept ringing . Foolishly I again answered the upstairs phone
without the caller ID.
"Our records show you are indeed Mrs. Fishery at blah, blah address"
" Your records are incorrect and do not call this number again."
Not 5 seconds after disconnecting the phone began to ring again.
I did not answer.
The phone rang continuously.
I went downstairs, looked up the non emergency number for our "bundled" provider. Which, I called on my cell phone. Eventually I spoke to a humanoid, explained the issue and asked how to put a stop to this. They asked if I had tried to activate the call block feature on my phone? Sure, didn't work. They traced the call to some center on the other side of the Earth and blocked all calls from that number to my landline. So while I did not enjoy their infomercials, their music selections or the difficulty in getting to their humanoid, I was VERY grateful my landline had stopped ringing and I could return to uninterrupted nest feathering.
By the time I got to the top of the stairs the phone was ringing.
Really annoyed, I answered the phone.
" Mrs. Fishery, we have lots of numbers, you cannot block them all".
What the HELL! Some creep on another continent was phone stalking me?
" Please stop calling here. I am not Mrs. Fishery, I am not at blah blah address and I do not wish to hear from you again."
" Mrs. Fishery, can you verify your social number now?"
I put the handset down and again called the phone service on my cell, explained the issue and asked how this could be stopped. Seems they are in the process of "upgrading" their technology and during that process 'certain' systems can by-pass their system during the transition phase.
" How do I stop this stalker from calling me during your transition?"
" You can disconnect your land line".
" For how long?"
" Our transition will take a few months, but we can ask IT if there is a solution before then."
" Really, if I do that do you credit my account for loss of service?"
"NO, we are providing the services. It would be you deciding to take a hiatus from services, not us taking a hiatus from providing services."
"What! I would be electing to take a hiatus from a phone stalker while your services and protections are being breached."
" Would you like for me to report this circumstance to a manager?"
"You mean you haven't already done so?"
" It's a weekend. I sent an e-mail. Some one in IT will take care of this on straight time"
" My time , my weekend time, is seriously being interfered with by a certain by-passing system stalker but I guess that does not warrant attention outside of straight time?"
" Will there be anything else?"
" No, thank you".
So I went back inside where the landline was continuously ringing.
I went through my house turning off the ringers on every phone.
Around 7pm, when I checked, my phones again had a dial tone.
Then I went upstairs to watch Eagle Eye.
I guess every civilization has challenges.
I don't much worry about Indians or Pirates.