Guess what! The lightning has struck our telephone system. The family didn't notice it yesterday, but today they found out they couldn't use the phone. The telephone company can't come before coming Thursday, so the family will have a quiet week. They see only one little advantage of the whole thunderstorm affair: they are not so worried anymore that I will turn out a nervous wreck any time there is a sudden noise. They say I have had the worst experience possible; from now on everything will be a piece of cake compared to the Big Bang we had yesterday.