One of my co-workers came to work the other day and could not clock in. His ID number no longer existed somehow. He ended up finally just filling out a sheet of paper to have the issue corrected later. Of course, since that ID number was required for him to use a PDA, which he has to be able to use in order to do his job, he had to get a supervisor's ID number temporarily. Apparently, when he first was hired, the only form of photo ID he had on him was expired. It took this long for the company to decide they were not going to accept it. Somehow, that resulted in all of his stuff getting deleted, as though he had been fired. He was assured that it would be fixed quickly. I hope so. I cannot imagine what that will do to his paycheck if it does not get fixed.
So, the telephone lines on my street back home are above ground. They generally travel along the opposite side of the street, and then one line will hang across the street to connect to the house. This is not a problem for most traffic going down our street. However, every now and again, a large RV or truck will decide to make its way down our street for whatever crazy reason. Most of the time, the truck drivers will be aware of these lines going to each house and take it easy. Earlier this week, though, for the fourth or fifth time that my mother could recall, one of these trucks or RVs snapped the phone line as it went down the road. So my parents had no phone or internet for about a day. This was more of an annoyance than anything else, since both parents have cell phones and neither uses the internet extensively.