I don't think the outage is weather-related, but who knows? Our DSL went out a couple of times, each time for two or three minutes, around noon yesterday, but it came back each time. And it still works this morning.
I thought at first that I might have to drive to town to call the phone company repair service from a phone booth. And then I remembered I have the key to the neighbors' house across the street. I can go use their phone — if it works. They are in Blois right now, celebrating Christmas today with all their children and grandchildren (and a couple of great-grandchildren, actually).
Better get busy on the phone problem. Happy Christmas Eve to all.
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Update: I just got back from the neighbors' house. Their phone works fine. I called the phone company's repair line. The agent said a technician would verify and repair my line on Wednesday, December 26. So I won't have service until then. No Christmas calls from me this year. Ma and Joanna, if you're reading this, Merry Christmas. Cheryl and Sue, you too.