Since we have dial-up, this means that Gates of Vienna will be incommunicado for a while. But we will read and respond to comments eventually.
In the meantime, go visit Belmont Club or Dr. Sanity (or anyone else on our blogroll) to keep yourselves occupied and out of trouble...
UPDATE from Dymphna: the phone magically started working again. The phone fairies were having a bit of fun and got carried away. The ones who chewed the wires were sharply rebuked by their supervisor and have been made to crawl under the house and rub fairy spit on the whole works so that service just magically resumed. In other words, I haven't the faintest idea why it quit working or why it resumed on its own.
If you'd ever met our phone repairman you'd know why I was not looking forward to a visit for repairs. That man can talk. I know his family stories now back to the last four generations..in great, excruciating detail I know them, down to his second cousin once removed and his 80 year old daddy who runs a mile every morning.
Does this mean service will continue unimpeded? Who knows? When things like this happen I remind myself I'm glad I only live in the Back of Beyond. I mean, it could be Russia and then who knows when the phone would be with us again?