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Dec 30, 2020 - 11:30:33 AM
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Why can't we get these phone calls 50 times a day instead of the urgent-message-for-the-vehicle-owner ones? I might actually listen to the urgent-message-for-the-fiddle-owner calls...yeah...I'd listen to those.

Dec 30, 2020 - 1:25:54 PM

336 posts since 7/18/2014

They would probably want me to purchase fiddlers liability insurance.

Dec 30, 2020 - 2:57:13 PM

974 posts since 6/26/2007

When I get to talk to an "agent," as soon as I tell them I have a 1997 S10 they hang up. It has gotten to the point where they won't even talk to me.

Dec 30, 2020 - 3:22:54 PM
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178 posts since 11/28/2018

Great news Peggy --- you are eligible for an extremely low interest rate on your next fiddle! Please leave credit card information. Don't delay --- this offer will expire soon.

Dec 30, 2020 - 4:02:55 PM
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Well I'd like to just see some urgent news... i.e., there's been a new cross tuning discovered...they found it scribbled out in ancient caves where Neanderthal fiddlers once dwelt, etc.

Dec 30, 2020 - 4:38:50 PM
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8940 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by Woodcutter

Great news Peggy --- you are eligible for an extremely low interest rate on your next fiddle! Please leave credit card information. Don't delay --- this offer will expire soon.


HEY, why just Peggy?  What about ME!!!!  

Dec 30, 2020 - 4:39:35 PM
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WyoBob

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202 posts since 5/16/2019

All I have is an android smartphone.   I configured it to where the only calls that go through are from folks in my contacts.   If you're not there and want to talk to me, you'd better leave a voice mail.

I do get some spam when the caller leaves a message but this doesn't happen very often.  Periodically, I go through my call list and block unknown callers as spam to help me and others out in the future.

Life is nicer without these annoying people.   Any recognized spam calls disappear without ringing.   Peace.

Dec 30, 2020 - 6:05:20 PM

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I guess I'm too lazy to do that...lol. My husband does it to his phone and it shows spam in a number or just leaves a notice he missed a spam call. Mine rings and 9 times out of 10 it's an urgent message for the vehicle owner...lol...I have hope one day it'll be an urgent message for the fiddle owner!!!! Gotta hold out hope, here.

Dec 30, 2020 - 8:04:15 PM
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312 posts since 6/11/2019

Remember back when we didn't care much about a phone gizmo making us hop to? Just 20-30 years ago or so.

And, everybody waited until after 1100 (Eastern TZ, where I grew up) to call long distance cause the rate went down then.

If communication was really important it either came in the mail, or somebody came down the approach to visit with news.

Dec 30, 2020 - 8:25:03 PM

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I remember how bad I always wanted a phone. I loved the idea of how cool it must be to have a phone in the house. We didn't have one. Now, we all have our own phones, bugging us night and day...and I really hate the doggone things...lol.

Dec 30, 2020 - 8:32:17 PM
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5027 posts since 9/26/2008

I was just reminiscing about when I first got a cell and wouldn't answer it if I was doing something, "they'll leave a message or call back if it's important just like if they were calling the house phone." Now if I don't answer, I get a text or three "why don't you pick up? Are you okay?" I am still resistant to being at anyone's beck and call just because the phone is mobile. wink

Dec 31, 2020 - 4:42:28 AM

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About when I got a cell phone, my mom got very sick and so I always answered in case they needed us.... 24/7...then that happened to my dad, then our daughter had a complicated time getting the grandson into the world, my dad again, other relatives, etc., etc. Since about 2006, somebody has needed us to be "on call" just about constantly...so I keep mine on, loud, close by 24/7...how did I ever get by without a doggone cell phone????? Let alone back when the nearest land line was a few miles down the road...lol.

Dec 31, 2020 - 4:54 AM
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boxbow

USA

2605 posts since 2/3/2011

Anybody who knows me calls somebody else to come tap me on the shoulder if it's urgent. I never hear the phone ring.

Dec 31, 2020 - 6:13:26 AM
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2206 posts since 10/22/2007

As a high-school senior i worked for mountain bell telephone. I installed telephone pre-wired in buildings under construction. All those miles of wire are obsolete. 1979/80. Abe Simpson said, 'I used to be with it, until they changed what with it was.'

Dec 31, 2020 - 6:49:04 AM
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WyoBob

USA

202 posts since 5/16/2019

Speaking of cell phones. In the old days when I was "out and about", I could never tell if it was my phone ringing or someone else's.   They all sound the same.   So, I put a recording of Arnie Nauman playing the banjo and singing "Reubens Train" on mine.    My wife liked that idea and she likes "Sail Away Ladies" so I put a recording of me on my banjo and my fiddle buddy playing that tune on her phone.

One thing's for sure.   When our phones ring now, there are no doubts.   When our phones ring while around other people, there's some pretty funny reactionssmiley

Dec 31, 2020 - 10:04:03 AM

3077 posts since 6/21/2007

20 years with General Telephone/GTE until Judge Green decided to destroy the greatest communications system in the world in 1984. Installer/Repairman, Testboardman, Switchroom Tech, T-Carrier Specialist, Electronic Switching Maintainer, Foreman, Engineer-Electronic Switching Systems, Tech Support Engineer/software.

Dec 31, 2020 - 10:08:18 AM
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316 posts since 3/1/2020

Violins have existed a lot longer than telephones, so the scams are much more sophisticated, haha.

Dec 31, 2020 - 10:37:44 AM
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312 posts since 6/11/2019

Here's my personal story regarding the end of our land-line years ago.

We live at the end of everything, including the phone line. Terrible transmission. Every time it rained hard, some box up the line would short. Closest service dispatch was 50 miles away and I had to call them out a lot (on a cell phone). One time some switch box somewhere even called 911 on us in the middle of the night. Here comes the deputy down our approach to check it out with nothing but headlights. That was fun, standing there by the bedroom window in underwear, wife with a shotgun and me with a pistol trying to ID the intruder.

Anyway, it went out one time and I called the serviceman. Instead of fixing the issue down the road and calling me before leaving, he comes back to show me what the problem was. Ozark hillbillies being what they are, somebody had shot the cable and the bullet was still in it. Good shot, though.

Dude told me the phone company was never going to overhaul those lines, they just keep splicing and patching. I told him I appreciate the candor.

Edited by - Flat_the_3rd_n7th on 12/31/2020 10:53:15

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