I finally got DSL at home, and the Concentric/Covad installer mentioned something that struck me as funny. He said “hmm, the DSL loop install down in your phone box was done badly. It’s almost as if PacBell purposely split the cable across two posts, when both cables should come from one post. It will work, but it could easily be damaged or disconnected if work is done on either post.”
Now if I were a conspiracy theory junkie, I’d say something here about how I complained about PacBell, and how that might be linked to my name in a database at PacBell some where, but I won’t.