August 23, 2005

call waiting

We now have a New Jersey phone number. I guess that means we live there, huh?

Strange, I know, but somehow these things, the mundane backdrop of daily life: electricity, internet access, magazine subscriptions and most especially the phone define where we live. They place us, more firmly than our physical presence does. How do you get a library card? Show a utility bill, proof of residence. How do you enroll your child in a highly rated public school? Show a utility bill, proof of residence. If I consume heat and light, if I talk on the phone, if I give my number to you and you and you, not to mention all of them, my once and future creditors, well, then I must live in a place. Even though I don't. Not yet. I'm here and my phone number, well, it's all the way over there. Waiting for me.

Posted by Tamar at August 23, 2005 09:12 PM | TrackBack

Wow, you have a phone number! That's even more real than all those boxes.

Posted by: Kay at August 23, 2005 09:23 PM

I know! I felt the same, looking at the number I'd written down. That this is now real!

Posted by: Tamar at August 24, 2005 10:03 PM
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