Thursday, February 22, 2007

BT is the devil.

The next obsticle is getting a phone line. BT (British Telephone) has a literal monopoly on the phone lines here. You can use another phone service, but you're still stuck paying BT 11 pounds a month (about 22 dollars) just to rent the line.

Additionally, because we're the first occupants of our house, we have to pay to have BT come out an make the line active. And, because we're Americans with no prior British address, they can't run a UK credit check on us so we have to pay a deposit. Only, because we don't have a UK credit card, they won't accept our deposit by phone, so I have to mail it in. We can't schedule a technician to come out until they receive the deposit.

Here's where it's really cute. Because we can't get our BT line set up, we can't get television or internet set up! Ridiculous! So for at least the next two or three weeks, we have no TV, no internet, and no land line. I feel like I'm living in the dark ages!

Other than that, things are well. I had my first job interview yesterday. Seems like a good position. Hopefully we'll hear something soon!

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