|Re: Cordless phone in the Common House||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Bonnie Fergusson (fergyb2yahoo.com)|
|Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 14:52:45 -0800 (PST)|
Given the frequency with which everything in the Common House migrates, I think a cordless phone is an idea fraught with built in frustration. A phone, with a long cord however, is essential. The person on the last minute grocery run can phone the cooks with last minute questions about ingredients on the shopping list, someone needing directions to the party can get them, the Fed Ex guy can find someone to sign for packages when the addressee is not home, parents can do efficient searches for kids, the smoke alarm inspector,plumber,electrician,fire department, you name it, can get hold of someone, when the official contact person is not available. I can't imagine a no phone common house. A message service on the other hand seems like a bad idea, the problem being folks THINK they've reached someone when they haven't. Better to leave them still searching if no one is in the common house to answer. No one is going to want the job of checking those messages and responding to them in a timely manner-- running and maintaining the community involves enough real necessary work, you don't want to create systems that require more, unnecessary work. I would also recommed not having a long distance service on the Common House phone--you need it for local emergencies only, folk can use their personal home phones for long distance--prevents billing disputes in the future (anonymous teens and 900 #'s come to mind). Good Luck, Bonnie Fergusson Swan's Market Cohousing Oakland, CA __________________________________ Start your day with Yahoo! - Make it your home page! http://www.yahoo.com/r/hs
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