One Call After Another

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 112024

In yesterday’s blog I wrote about sleepless nights. I think I was motivated to write that because the night before had been one of those nights for me, where I tossed and turned and stared at the ceiling for hours. Eventually I would drop off to sleep for a few minutes and then wake up again and begin the process anew.

The last time I looked at the clock it was a little after 8 AM and apparently I then fell into a pretty sound sleep, because the next thing I knew it was 9 o’clock and the telephone was ringing. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

The call was from Thompson Gas, the company that will be installing the propane tank for our whole house generator system. The lady needed my credit card number to cover the cost of setting up the tank and filling it for the first time. I gave her the information and went back to bed, thinking I might sneak in another hour or so of sleep, but it wasn’t meant to be.

About the time I got snuggled up to Miss Terry and closed my eyes, the telephone rang again. It was the same woman, saying the credit card didn’t go through and asking me to verify the number. As it turned out, she had transposed two digits, and we got that straightened out. Was it worth trying to sleep again? Why not?

At 9:30 the telephone was ringing again, this time from the service department at Thompson Gas, confirming that they will be here on the 26th at 8 AM to install the tank. Things are finally moving along on the generator installation.

I headed back to bed, because I’m no quitter, but just as I started to slip beneath the covers, guess what? Another phone call. This one was from Absolute Power Solutions, the company that will be installing the generator, telling me that everything had been scheduled with Thompson Gas and confirming they will also be here at the same time the tank is being set to begin the generator installation.

Figuring we had that all worked out, I looked longingly at my bed, but I wasn’t surprised when the telephone rang again. Seriously? Now what? This time it was Donna, our accountant, calling from Florida to go over some information for filing our income tax return. That took quite a while, and by the time we said our goodbyes, Terry was up and Alli needed to go out. So much for any thoughts of slumber.

And would you believe, the damn telephone never rang again for the rest of the day!

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Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  4 Responses to “One Call After Another”

  1. really? – ‘silent’ the phone big boy

    just think – if that was a major problem, what about all those people across the world needing, wanting, and starving-



  2. Our phones have a Do No Disturb function. We set them so they don’t ring during our normal sleeping hours. We also set a few numbers that are allowed to ring during that time in case of emergency. I love it!

  3. Yes, I know about do not disturb settings on a phone. These were all calls I neded to receive. I just did not expect them one after another.

  4. We always have the same kind of problem.
    I’d like to find out what kind of phones Linda has.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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