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This Is Only A Test

December 13, 2011

Had those words been included the phone lines at 911 call centers and various news outlets may not have lit up with such fervor. Of course I’m talking about the civil emergency test text message that dinged on many cell phone users’ cell phones urging them to take shelter and had the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness on the alert!

My mother, who was here hanging out on her way to visit a friend of hers heard the story on the news in the other room while I was helping Edward G. Robinson celebrate his birthday on TCM, and asked me if I’d  gotten such a message. I hadn’t, and at first I felt a little left out, like I was going to have to fend for myself and all I had to feed the two of us were a few cans of Spaghettios. I had long since run out of the fancier items in my pantry like Chef Boyardee Cheese Ravioli. I was also out of milk and oatmeal and had no bread. Note to self: always be prepared.

The news reported, at first, there was no idea whence the text alert originated (I don’t know if the structure of the first part of this sentence is correct; I just wanted to use the word “whence”) or if it was indeed real. The only thing they were certain of was that it had affected only Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties here in New Jersey. Phew, I’m in another county and I proceeded to make lunch.

A little over an hour later it was revealed the errant warning was initiated by Verizon. It was sent out in error without any indication that it was only a test and they issued a statement of apology for any inconvenience or concern their blunder may have caused.

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one ~ Cicero (106 BC-43 BC)

You’ve probably seen this video already but I’m posting it anyway. Enjoy!