Monday, August 20, 2007

Hold The Phone

Our house is new construction and we were the 4th house to go in, so there are a lot of empty lots still. Over the summer, and with the help of a lot of rain, the weeds had grown so tall you couldn't see over the top of a car. You couldn't see if someone was coming from the other direction. And the thing that really worried me, you couldn't see if there were boys on bicycles. Not to mention the workers, and some neighbors who don't have kids of their own, aren't looking out for children and drive like crazy people around here.

So, I called the builder and told him I was really concerned about the safety of my boys. And not only them playing, but with school starting they were going to have to walk to the bus stop. The weeds were so tall I couldn't see them from my 2nd story deck, and I knew a car wasn't going to see them either. He assured me that by the time school started he would have it taken care of.

Imagine my excitement when Saturday morning there was our builder on a tractor mowing the weeds. Me and all the boys sat on the deck and watched until he got too far over and we couldn't see.

That excitement didn't last long. An hour or so later my next door neighbor came and asked if we had phone. Her husband heard the mower hit something and now there is no phone. And hmm, now that you mention it, there is no builder is sight either.

It took until today to get someone out to fix it. 6 hours later it was confirmed.

phone guy - I'm sorry it took so long to fix, but someone mowed over the phone box, cut all the wires, and drug them across the field. You ladies wouldn't happen to know who did the mowing would you?

Me and neighbor - Oh, um, your going to have to have to call Mr. Builder.

My husband said it's a good thing then that he wasn't out there. He would have given the guy a name and number.

And truthfully it didn't bother me at all not having a phone. I have a cell phone. But no internet for over 48 hours? Now that's a different story.


Blogger InTheFastLane said...

After we moved into our house 2 years ago (also in a new subdivision), our phone line was cut by construction no less than 4 times. Part of the problem was that the line wound around by 5 different lots instead of just going straight to a box. The other problem was that we were in a "dead" zone, where our cell phone didn't work well, so trying to get the phone company on the phone was always a treat. Both the landline and cell phone issues have been resolved now.

5:05 AM  
Blogger jennifer said...

That's pretty funny. That's what he gets for letting it get so high. I would have definitely had withdrawals without the web!

6:50 AM  
Blogger New Mama's Nest said...

Ha! We were without phone yesterday, too but not for such a fun reason ;)

Those builders! We've been hear almost 2 years and are still waiting on a yard, let alone someone to mow it!!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Beck said...

No internet for 48 hours! Eek!
We live in the opposite of a new subdivision, in a creaky old house in a small little old town. I can't quite imagine living in a BRAND NEW PLACE!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Staci said...

Oops. Glad the builder ran over the phone box, and not you!!!


11:16 AM  
Anonymous Peant Butter and Jelly Boats said...

That's funny! It's reasons like this that my husband says we're never building a house- too many hassles. You're such a good mom to speak up for the safety of your boys.

To answer your question- Ben has all day kindergarten. Luke only goes till noon but they have lunch there to get them ready for all day kindergarten.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth F. said...

WOW! My hubby is a phone guy and he'd be out there pretty ticked off about having to fix that! LOL! :-) Glad you got the weeds cut down though.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Randi said...

Yikes! So glad the weeds are gone and your internet is back;) I would have died!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

48 hours with no internet?! Now that's roughing it! :)

Glad your weeds are gone, though, that could have been scary..

4:17 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Doh! At least the kids will be safe while waiting for the bus. And maybe if they'd kept the weeds cut shorter, they'd have known that the phone lines were exposed?!?

6:26 AM  

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