A few weeks ago I got a free mobile phone – a fancy new smart phone.
All I had to do was cash in my points – that I didn’t know I had and have no idea how I got.
In the process the nice man helping me explained that I could save lots of money if I combined all of my contracts.
Free fancy phone plus save money every month on the phone / internet bills….
I can do that.
Of course, as is usual, I hadn’t a clue what I was getting into (well, maybe a little clue).
When the dust settled and all the contracts had been changed, combined and whatever, Orange sent me an email informing me.
Internet worked; fancy new mobile phone worked; landline did not work.
Actually, I rather expected that. I unplugged the landline, plugged the phone into the internet router and it worked.
We know have our phone over the internet. The phone number stayed the same and the only downside I can figure out is if the internet is down, so is our phone. But I have the fancy new mobile, so I can live with that.
And so it goes….
Until last night.
The phone rang.
Just as I was reaching for it, it stopped.
Okay, fine…. Whoever it was hung up.
A few minutes later I got an email.
I had a message on my voicebox.
I have a voicebox?
That takes messages?
The email instructed me to ‘clique ici’ (click here)
I went to my voicebox, clicked on the message, and, wonder of wonders, there was recorded message from the caller.
Obviously, there was more to my new internet phone than I knew.
I then spent the next hour (time I do NOT have to spare right now) figuring out how to set-up all the services – things like how many rings before messages, recording a message, how to retrieve messages and about 35 more parameters.
I have to give it the the French – when they embrace a technology they do so wholeheartedly and completely. I had no idea there could possibly be so many options for a phone….
Almost as many options as for chicken breasts.
It’s (finally) grilling season….
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs cider vinegar
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
Mix oil, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard, cumin and oregano. Spoon over chicken breasts and let marinate for 10 minutes. Cook on barbecue grill 6 – 8 minutes per side or sauté in nonstick skillet for about the same amount of time. They should be nicely browned and juices should run clear when pierced with a knife. Remove, slice and serve.
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