Technology is cool.

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So we got our Directv installed yesterday. We got two brand-new receivers (one Hi-Def) rather than using our old ones, which we’d had probably three years. As you may or may not know, Directv receivers plug into not only the satellite hookup but also your phone line, so that it can call once a day and download information. I was watching t.v. just now and the phone rang, and I jumped up to go check the caller i.d. It was no one I wanted to talk to so I sat back down and I noticed a weird message in the bottom corner of the t.v. screen. Upon closer inspection I realized that it was telling me who was calling! It said “Name unavailable” and then showed the phone number, which is exactly the same info the caller i.d. on the phone gave me. How awesome is that?? I don’t know if our old receiver had that capability because, at our last house, there was no phone jack in the living room so the receiver was never hooked up to a phone line continuously. Or maybe it’s a fairly recent addition. Whatever. It totally rocks.

This is going to actually come in very handy for me because of the Eliza factor. Before she was mobile I would just keep the cordless phone on the couch with me for easy access. Well, now I can’t do that because she is on that thing like a rat on a Cheeto. She is absolutely obsessed and has accidentally placed calls before. So, for my sanity, I keep the phone on its charger, up where she can’t reach it. Unfortunately that means it’s also out of my immediate reach and when it rings I have to put down what I’m doing and dash to the phone to check who’s calling. Now when I’m sitting here watching t.v. and the phone rings I’ll know if I need to bother getting up and running to get the phone or not.

Doesn’t take much to make me happy, folks.

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About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

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  1. That would make me happy too, Mary. It’s the little things….
    Of course, I never answer the phone anyway (drives my wife crazy), but at least I would know whose call I wasn’t taking.

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