I've been avoiding answering the phone for about a month because of an unrelated reason, so I kept forgetting to call the phone company to have a repair person come out and check it out. I called this morning and someone will be coming out tomorrow.
The biggest annoyance has been my connection speed to the Internet. Right now I'm connected at 21.6 baud, but most of my connections this week have been 19.2. I have a 14,400 external modem that will run about that fast. I know I live in the middle of nowhere, but I was able to get at least 32.6 before.
I forgot how slowly pages load with a really slow connection. I went into speed withdrawals when I went from having DSL back to having dial-up. Now, I'm having speed withdrawals again. It has truly made my time online a chore, rather than something fun.
Anyway, I hope the repair person will be able to locate the source of the problem and fix it.