Saturday, May 8, 2010

Doncha Hate When This Happens?

Because we're overseas most of the time we only get a pay-by-the-month cell phone. In previous years anytime I left the Houston area with the phone it only worked in selected areas IF I added 'bucket funds'. Any phone calls I made using those bucket minutes were extremely expensive. It was frustrating not being able to keep in touch with people properly.

This year the service offered a package with roaming. In theory I can use the phone all over the country except in a few rural areas.

Sure enough, as soon as I landed in California my phone announced that I was 'roaming'. But then it didn't work at all while in my mom's area. When we got to the Los Angeles area it finally decided to start working--downloading dozens of twitter messages in the middle of the night.

It worked in Dallas but not at all in Maine. I thought surely it would work at JFK airport but no--it only worked partly. I was trying to meet up with my brother and not having a phone made it really difficult. I'll tell you all about this at another time.

Anyway, when I landed at JFK there was a voice mail waiting for me but I couldn't access my mailbox. I was terribly worried: what if Tom had an emergency at the orphanage? what if my kids needed me? what if a donor was calling to offer a big donation but there was a time limit? what if it was Publisher's Clearing House?

All day during my layover and flight I was worrying. I called over and over again, willing the phone to work. Nothing. The moment I landed in Houston I turned on my phone and dialed my voice mail clicking through all the menu options.

 What was this important message that occupied my brain and filled it with worry for so many hours?

  It came from a number I was unfamiliar with....

  and what I heard was a little boy of about 3 years old saying:

  "Hey! Did you hear that?....."

I've only just started downloading photos from this past week into my computer. I have some important charity tax reports to do so I will do what I can to get blogging done...

In the meantime here is a sneak peak:


  1. AnonymousMay 08, 2010

    lol....cell phones are always a worry;)

  2. Ugh!! yes I HATE cell phone coverage issues!! Man, cell phones and usage has come a LONG way huh?

    Happy Saturday Sharefest!

  3. Amy- glad the message was NOT an emergency. Hope your visit to the states was fruitful. The pics are lovely although Maine is too cold for me any time of the year!
    Safe trip 'Home'.


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