Should I drop the land line?

My home phone is out. Again.

I didn’t realize this until I was teleworking yesterday and someone called my work Blackberry. She usually calls my home line when I’m working at home. I don’t know why.

She told me my phone line was out. Later, a neighbor also reached me by cell and said they couldn’t get through.

I might have noticed it sooner, but no one ever really calls here except Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and a local middle school that was never on the list of consideration for where our son might attend.

So, yesterday, I spent about an hour doing gymnastics with Verizon tech support. They were able to run a test and tell me that the problem was inside my house.

I was online and had to run downstairs to unplug a phone and unplug the power source, then back upstairs to check the two phones upstairs…and so on…and so on.

I finally got the phone working. But it went out again and remains out as I write this.

I began wondering if it was time to give up the land line. We’re very close. However we’ve also reached the point where the middle school son may start spending some time at home alone. He needs to be able to reach us.

That means the question becomes whether this is an appropriate time to bite the bullet and get him a cell phone.

I’m not sure we’re ready for that.

So…what do you think?

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