Hits Radio Interview Bungle
were due to go on a tiki tour (small tour) this morning, but because
I still had more catching up to do with my writing, I opted to go
to the Internet Caf� instead. When I got back around lunchtime,
Averill still wasn't home. The LETS group in Timaru had arranged
for me to have a radio interview today, so I thought I'd better
get that over and done with. But it all went dreadfully wrong.
was supposed to ring the station in Timaru sometime between 10am
and 4pm, so I made my first attempt at about 1.00pm. But the line
was engaged. So I tried again and again. Still engaged. Or did I
have to include the 03 area code? So I tried that. Still engaged.
Dialing the same number over and over started to become monotonous,
so I thought I'd use the redial button until I'd manage to get through
to the station. But after my first attempt, the phone died! Now
what? I figured that Averill would be back soon, so I just read
a book and waited. By 3.00pm I knew I'd better get to another phone
quickly. There was only an hour left before my final deadline. I
couldn't ring Averill on her mobile phone because the phone was
still out of order, so I got rugged up to find a public phone outside.
But wait � maybe there was another extension in the house? There
was. I found an old dial telephone in the office, but it worked.
Soon I was talking to Averill.
When you use the redial button on the other phone, it stuffs up,"
that explained that. So I rang the radio station again. Still engaged!
I figured I'd keep at it until I got through, but after 45 minutes
I gave up in frustration. It was just not going to happen today.
I had more writing to do, so off to the Internet caf� I went again.
I returned at 5.45pm, I told Averill about my frustration trying
to get through to the radio station.
time I rang I got these 4 quick beats, then a pause, then 4 quick
means you had the wrong number," she said. And this was confirmed
when she rang the information line to get the correct phone number
for Classic Hits Radio in Timaru. So I'd spent all afternoon trying
to ring a number I couldn't possibly get through on! I'm sure if
the tones were the same as those in Australia I would've twigged
right away and got through to the station when they were expecting
me. But now the phone at the station was unattended, and the opportunity
had been missed.
Exchange & Barter System)
presentation to PLEBS (Plains Exchange & Barter System) was due
to start at 7.00pm tonight, so we got there nice and early. Pre-presentation
snacks were being served, and I was treated to a yummy baked potato
covered with shredded cheese and also a hot sausage with bread and
mustard. We had a good audience turn up, with 25 people attending.
We had a few laughs along the way as well, especially when an active
little 2 year old walked across the stage, just when I was suggesting
that LETS was a great avenue for people offering baby-sitting.
9pm, we'd wound up the meeting and Chris Breen, PLEBS Treasure,
gave me a demonstration of PLEBS new computer system. I'd heard
much about this system before my arrival, and I must say it looked
very impressive. PLEBS want to offer this system to other groups
around the world, so as soon as Chris can come up with a software
package (and price) I'll happily promote it through LETS-Linkup.
was taking us and the computer back that night, and dropping off
the computer to the PLEBS office got first priority. The PLEBS office
is in a great location in the heart of the city, and I was impressed
with the modern facilities they had available to them. But we were
all pretty tired, so as soon as the computer was returned to its
normal position, we returned to Averill's home. I was leaving on
the 7.45am bus the next morning, so Averill booked a cab to arrive
at 7.20am. Now I could relax and get a good night's sleep.
article is taken from the ebook,
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