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She knows jack

December 28, 2010 - Karin Elton
My 15-year-old daughter is proud of herself as she should be. Yesterday we activated a landline telephone. The guy said our old telephone jack had a short in it.

“I could put a new one in for $80 or you could buy one for $5 and do it yourself,” he said.

I opted for the latter saying, “My husband can do it.”

So my daughters and I bought a new jack and another phone as the old one had seen better days.

My husband wasn’t around to install the jack, so our resident electronics expert, Vanessa, tried her hand. First, she read the instructions (impressive, huh?) and proceeded to unscrew the old jack and monkey with the red and green wires.

(Yesterday the guy mentioned the red and green wires and I told the guy, “We have to be sure to cut the right one or it will blow, huh?” and he solemnly said, “No, it won’t blow up.” Then I told him I was just kidding.)

Anyway, before long, the new jack was installed and Vanessa tried the phone — and got a dial tone! She called her cellphone to make sure the phone was indeed working. And it was — amazing!

Next she set up the computer. After awhile it shut down and gave her an error message — something about rebooting or checking for a loose cable. I saw her with the computer open and I thought she had given up on the computer and was taking it apart to see what made it tick. Dollar signs floated before my eyes.

Later, I noticed she was using the computer again. I said, “Did you fix it?” She said yes. “I did a diagnostic and checked all the cables. One must have gotten loose.”

I can’t believe it. She actually SAVED me money.

We need a second telephone line downstairs and I know who I’m going to call.


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