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    Thursday, August 12, 2010
    Minor (or not so minor) Problems

    I have this bad habit of putting up indefinitely with things that would send other people mad. Truly, it's amazing how many times I will step around cardboard boxes in my hallway without moving them, put up with a freezer section which is so frost-encrusted you cannot fit a thing in it, etc. A similar problem would be the pager with an unreadable display which I have ignored for perhaps a year. Finally this week I sent this email to our medical director's secretary, a wonderful woman who sadly is in charge of crap like this.

    I’d like to get a new pager if possible. The LCD display on my current one has become steadily more unreadable and I am now keeping it in the fridge because that’s the only way I can read it. As a result my family is now beginning to question my sanity, as there are only so many times you can explain why your beeper is in the fridge. Can you help?

    Her answer was "Yes." God bless her. I have a new readable pager now, and it is wonderful! Makes me wonder why I spent so much time wondering whether that display was a '3' or an '8'.




    Am dying to know: a) how did you discover that refrigeration causes the pager to become functional? and b) how can you hear it in there??

    By Blogger Pisser, at September 1, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

    Sorry for the delay in answering!

    1) I noticed that when the pager sat in the sun it would go completely blank. So, I thought I would try cold to see if it would fix the display and it did. Until it warmed up again.

    2) You can't. But I have the message delivery function enabled so that my phone rings as well. (Sometimes I'll even set the timer on the microwave so that I won't leave the house without the pager.)

    By Blogger Dr. Alice, at October 4, 2010 at 7:02 PM  

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