Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Saturday, November 19, 2011
My reasoning for keeping the line are good. I want to have a telephone line available in an emergency. Often when the power goes out the phone line will still work since it does not get its power from the house. The phone company also has the lines wired in a way that if a line to the north of you is down, the line to the south of you will still carry your calls. The damaged area is just circumvented; not true with the electric company.
Another reason to keep the land line was a fool proof way to contact 911 especially with enhanced 911 we have here in Sturbridge. Enhanced 911 gives the callers address to the dispatcher if they cannot answer on the phone. This is a very important lifesaver.
Cell phones can call 911, too, but most often the calls are going to a State Police barracks, and being rerouted to the police in your location. All this does is eat up critical time, and I prefer not to use that system unless I have to.
Until recently, Reverse 911 calls were not available for cell phones. Reverse 911 calls are very useful in an emergency, and being without that information would not be our best interest. Now, the Reverse 911 calls are available for cell phones, and that has eliminated a big concern.
So, what to do? Do I continue to have redundant services because I can't give up the house phone, or do I step up, and just rely totally on cell service?
Well, this most recent storm, and the hurricane before it, knocked out cell service in our area for a few days, so that rules out going completely without a land line. So, it looks like I would need to keep a lesser version of Verizon. There are a couple of less expensive plans available, one for a little under $20 per month, and one for around $12.00 each month. Each has a different cost per call, and free calling area, but that area is not listed online, and the site advises you to call and talk to a representative to determine the exact area for free calling.
A pay per minute plan would be ideal since we hardly use the phone, and it would still link us to emergency services if ever needed, or when the cell service goes out.
Always good to have a an option, a Plan B.
I plan on calling Verizon, and getting more information in the next few days, and when I do, I will be sure to share the information with you.
Letting go is never easy, but changing it up a bit is something I can handle.
Now, next thing to consider is to let go of trash pick-up at the house. Is it really worth $100 every 3 months? Would I really save a lot by using the recycling center?
Something else to think on. Any input from those of you who have taken the plunge to abandon the trash man, and are only using the Recycling Center would be appreciated. Let me know how you are doing.