``You did just give us your account number. We ask again so people can't cut in the phone queue. Just because something's physically and logically impossible is no reason not to have a policy.''
``Put like that it almost makes sense. Can we say my number is 'forty'?''
``It doesn't look that old, but I'm game. For quality-control purposes this call may have been pre-recorded. What is a problem?''
``You know how there's an Internet? Not for me.''
``The web site could be down.''
``I tried Google, YouTube, archive.org, The New York Times, and Comics Curmudgeon, and the browser kept pointing and laughing that I wasn't on the Internet.''
``Someday all those sites will be down simultaneously and we'll cackle smugly at everybody thinking we're the problem.''( Collapse )
Trivia: The Soviet Union's Luna 15 probe entered lunar orbit the 17th of July for the first of 52 revolutions of the moon. Source: Chariots for Apollo: A History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft, Courtney G Brooks, James M Grimwood, Loyd S Swenson Jr. NASA SP-4205.
Currently Reading: The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography, Graham Robb.