Lying in bed this morning late, thnking that there was something I should be doing, I had a text asking me when I would be ready to pick up a large Xmas tree which would only fit in my car, not hers.
Having found out that it sometimes causes mini brain-storms in my phone to turn it off at night, I now reluctantly leave it on. I spent all yesterday trying to get my old phone to work for H.I.'s new (one month old) account, because she is paying for it and the men in the unlocking shop lied to me about how soon it would take to unlock Jack@'s iPhone. She might as well use up the money on some real calls.
Why would it not connect to her account after I had charged it and put in the SIM card? I resorted to the internet to find out - on the hundreds of forums, both official and unofficial - but even after I had jumped through all recommended hoops, it showed up as locked. I deliberately bought an open phone, so how come it was suddenly locked into a different network?
After an hour, I checked the insides of it again (as recommended in the first place) and realised that I had inserted Jack@'s old SIM card... I knew I should have thrown it away. As soon as I put in the right one, we were off with a full signal.
I manually put in the handful of numbers that she uses on a regular basis, and sent a blanket text to the immediate family saying that this was her new number.
I started by showing H.I. how to unlock the keyboard to make a call, and she interrupted me halfway through the opening sentence by shouting, "YOU ARE OVERLOADING ME WITH INFORMATION! LET ME FIND OUT FOR MYSELF OR I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO DO IT!"
After we had both calmed down, I ran through the basics briefly, made one experimental call to her and got her to make one to me, as I waited in the other room.
That was enough for one day, we both agreed, so she asked how to turn it off. I said that if she was really going to use the phone, she really needed to leave it on, rather than make a call or a text, then turn it off so that nobody can respond. She asked why, so I tried to explain. I ended up saying that if she really does NOT want to use a mobile, then we might just as well scrap the monthly payments.
Anyway, as it got dark, she went out into town to meet a friend as she does every Saturday. Ten minutes later, I heard some pings from the Grandchildren, acknowledging her new number and (as it turned out) saying how pleased they were that she has finally embraced the modern world of telecommunications. She had left the phone on the table...
Believe it or not, it breifly went through my mind to call her to tell her that she had forgotten her phone...
still Life II - I have bowed to flattery and as the dogs slept in the garden and a ham joint cooked in the oven, as requested I have snapped some more photos of the cottag...
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