Three days ago, heavy rain caused the creek at the rear of our property to wash the ground away from around an oak tree we have. High winds then pushed it over, severing the power, cable, and telephone lines completely. With a live wire in the back yard, I had to wait until the power company had made it safe before calling the cable and phone companies. Comcast came yesterday evening, so we have an internet connection at last. The phone will likely be restored sometime before the weekend. I'm ashamed to say how much I rely on the television and the internet connection - I was bored rigid.