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Maggie, I’ve been up to my ears, but have been reading along and wanted to take a moment to say how glad I am for you that the Chronic Kidney Disease diagnosis was wrong.

It has been delightful reading about Rideau Camp and the joy you and Attila are finding in it.

Still the Lucky Few

Wonderful reading your day to day….but I am amazed at how you keep all of your technological commitments up! It would be quite daunting to ma!

Bex Crowell

The thing with phones has me all discombobulated. We have a landline still. We have one cell phone that Paul uses only for emergencies while working on the ocean or driving. Otherwise it is turned “off.” I heard the other night that landlines are soon to become obsolete. I have no interest in a smart phone. So what do we do, we dinosaurs who still like the old ways? We just get kicked to the gutter and ignored. I don’t trust the internet to always be “there” and with everyone only using/having cellphones that use internet, what if there’s a huge black-out? Bring back land-lines!


I think Bex meant literally, what if there’s a (total) black out, not just an internet black out. And she’s right, if there’s a black out then the cell phones would not work. Landlines may or may not work, depending on the power connections.

We still have a landline, and we even have an old phone that plugs directly in, as opposed to our normal phones that have a base station they work off. In a black out, our normal phones are useless. But we have been able to use our old phone when that has happened, which is why we keep it around.

I have thought about getting rid of our landline but cell phones seem very expensive, on the order of $35/ month even when you don’t have data. But that would just be for me as DH has a work supplied cell phone that he also uses for personal use, once in a great while.

I’m not sure I understand your discussion of MagicApp, etc, at all. Especially with Attila’s mom in the US, it should be easy enough for her to find a phone company that has free long distance to both the US and Canada. We have that in our landline plan actually, and there’s a lot more competition with phone companies in the US then there is here in Canada.

It felt downright biting cold here yesterday evening, and by 9PM we had the beginning of thunderstorms. Fortunately, they’re we quite gentle with only periodic rumbles, but we did end up with gentle rain through most of the night.


Hi, Maggie! With cell phones vs landline, as someone who use to work for Bell customer service I can tell you that the cell phone tower works from the same power grid that our homes’ power runs off. OTOH, landline power is a separate connection. That’s why a landline still *might* work when the power is out at your home and your local cell towers.

Excellent point about recharging cells from a car, though you would still need your local cell tower to be working in order to use the cell. Your other arguments are also excellent ones.

I guess for me there’s just a feeling of safety that I get when it comes to having a landline. As I said, even in this house we’ve had it happen that we lost the power for almost 24 hours and DH’s cell was useless while our landline was still working with our old direct connect phone plugged in. Helped us feel less cut off from the world, especially when we could call the power company and find out when they expected our power to be restored.

But really it’s just cost that we’ve looked at as a determining factor when it comes to phones.

To be clear, I’m not in anyway saying that your choices are incorrect. When I said I didn’t understand I meant that I was somewhat confused by the info you gave on the app. But most definitely your choices are right for you based on your needs and your knowledge of your needs.

Meanwhile, DH and I weigh information, periodically. It just hasn’t felt like it’s time yet for us to decide to commit to only one type of phone system – though that might be coming very shortly as our provider is supposed to be increasing our rates (yet again) on June 1st.

Hope the above didn’t come across as too disjoint. It’s late and I’m starting to get a bit tired.