Sunday, November 14, 2010

Murphy's Law

I was in Tasmania for the last 3 days to visit my mother-in-law for her birthday and came back to Melbourne this morning.


Actually I tried to write a blog article the day before the departure, but somehow I couldn’t go to the fc2 site, and then after a few unsuccessful attempts, I realised that the Internet and the Phone were both disconnected.


I got the issue fixed as soon as I came home.
This was the first time I couldn't use both home phone and the Internet.
I’d never thought that it could be such a hassle to do without these things.


Since I got the PC and could easily search phone numbers on-line, I’d been chucking the phone directory books, but this time I wished I didn’t.
The phone directory assistance only gives me the number if I already know the name of the company or the individual.


For the first time in 9 years I realised that most public phone booths in Melbourne don’t have those phone directories, and that no one in my neighbourhood keep them either.


I was lucky that the petrol station (service station aka servo) just around the corner had one (and pay-phone).


See, my lesson this time is that it sometimes IS important to hold onto something that you would think you’re never gonna use again. You probably are right, 9 out of 10 times you won’t – but there is always that 1 chance that you may need it.


Let’s say that you already have your personal phone book on your PC and your mobile phone, would you still keep your conventional address/phone book?
Perhaps you wouldn’t, but you should. The minute you throw your old phone book, either or both your PC and mobile phone break and you’ll lose all your contacts. Oops.
It’s called Murphy’s Law.
Funny thing is if you do hold onto your old phone book, you may never open it anyway.


Now the tech guy fixed the problem and said that the phone line will be problem-free for the next 10-15 years if not longer – should I still keep those books for the once in 15-year chance?


Maybe I should.


No comments:

Post a Comment