NOTE: The following article has nothing to do with genealogy. However, it is an interest of mine and I thought I would share it with others.In a list of jokes that is floating around the Internet, one caught my eye: "You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 4." Indeed, that is a problem for many people. Do you have a home phone and a cell phone and an office phone and perhaps a VoIP computer phone? If so, how do people find you? Do they have to go through a list of phone numbers to track you down?
I used to have that problem. I used to tell people, "Before 8:00 AM call me at home. From 8:00 AM to 8:45, call me on my cell phone. From 9:00 to 5:00, call me at the office. From 5:00 PM to 5:45, call me...". Well, you get the idea. And, of course, there was a completely different set of instructions for weekends.
Even worse, I live in an area where cell phone coverage is spotty. My cell phone only worked at the office if I was near a window. At home, the cell phone worked reliably on the second floor, intermittently on the first floor, and never when I was in the basement. Many of the people who call me had to dial multiple numbers in an attempt to track me down.
I solved that about two years ago. I now have one telephone number that tracks me down most anywhere. I give that one number to all my friends, family, and business acquaintances. It works most everywhere, twenty-four hours a day. Best of all, the service I use is available free of charge.
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