Sunday, November 28, 2010

Maybe a New Phone is in Order.

I must apologize to anyone I've hung up on recently. This cordless phone has been a part of this household for over 10 years. That's a long time for a piece of equipment by today's standards. Lately, over the last month or so, it's become very annoying.

I had to turn off the ringer on this phone because it became increasingly louder even though I was turning it down. I can hear the phone in the kitchen from any room in the house (one of the blessings of a small house) so the ringer isn't really necessary. A few of the buttons aren't as sensitive as they used to be, notably, the 1 and the 9, but pushing them harder makes them work.

The problem that has developed is the phone's inability to retain a charge so it's actually working. It sits to my left in the office. I have already "hung up" on Charly who was understanding about the phone. I answer it and I don't hear anything so I think I've missed the call and it's gone to voice mail. So, I hang up when they are saying, "Hello? Deb? Deb?" I cleaned the charging contacts at the base of the phone and in the phone rest but that doesn't seem to have fixed the problem. It seems to "pop" out of charging easily and not because a cat walks behind it and knocks it out of the cradle. Yes, Rascal and Betsy used to do that regularly. Mija and Pilchard aren't interested in sitting on the printer as those two were.

It could be something simple like a new battery. I'm going to try that route this week. If that doesn't cure it then I will probably need a new phone by the end of the year. It's so aggravating to be anticipating a call, hear the kitchen phone, grab this one, answer and...silence, or that annoying beep that says the thing isn't charged. If you call me and I "hang up" on you, please give me 5 minutes to yell at the phone, reposition it and calm down. I don't mean to be rude, unless you're a solicitor and then I'll be as rude as my DNA allows.

Beverage: Orange Cranberry Juice


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