It was the usual battle. You answer the phone. No you answer it. By this time, the answer machine had kicked in and neither of us had answered.
Caller ID costs a lot of money on your home phone, like six dollars per month. I hate and object to paying it whereas my mobile phone does not charge me any extra. But I pay it because it like it.
Dame M calling. This was most unlikely, since she is dead. It must be The Boarder. I ought to update the phone. R called him back and I am now deeply in debt over phone answering as R had a one hour plus conversation.
The Boarder lives in Flat 2 in the late Dame M's home. Flats 3 and 4 are self contained above. Flat 2 is complicated as it does not have its own entrance and is just a series of rooms off Dame M's residence. These rooms are The Boarders own space, but full of Dame M's sewing machines and bolts of fabric. It just occurred to me tonight, where was Dame M's laundry? I know every inch of Dame M's place and there is no laundry. I can only conclude it is in Flat 2.
Evidently, although Flats 1,2,3 and 4 are all separately metered for utilities, they all go through one meter in Flat 2, which was Dame M's business area before The Boarder. A tax dodge in earlier days. Dame M received all the individual flat utility bills and then passed them to the appropriate people. This sounds so extraordinary to me, that I know it must be true. It also has the State Trustees flummoxed.
As suggested earlier, Dame M's step sons are contesting her will. Given she contested her husband's will and won and got the whole building instead of them, I suppose they are justified in trying at least.
The Boarder is quite happy about this as it will mean he can stay there for another year or so before having to make a decision about buying a place. The Estate Trustees or is it State Trustees pay the bills. They have been quite supportive of The Boarder. They called him today to ask him if he has a kitchen. He doesn't. But he must have the laundry down the back somewhere.
As Dame M told The Boarder, it won't be easy for any of you when I go. She wasn't wrong. Gee I miss Grande Dame.
Later Edit: Clarification of the meter business. All water, gas and electric meters are in or pertain to flat 2, The Boarder's flat. Ipso facto (wow, I never thought I would get use those two words) nothing can be shut off, as the State Trustees wanted to do for flat 1, Dame M's area. It really isn't any clearer is it? After seeing other people tonight who are familiar with Dame M's house, no knowledge of any laundry. I never went into Dame M's ensuite, but it is unlikely to be in there.