Phone Box

[Sign on the side of a van: "You  Natural Gas Experts"]

The Qwest technician arrived a day early. He was dressed entirely in denim. We found the phone box on the landing between the second and third floors. It’s a narrow wooden cabinet set into the wall. When he opened the door, he seemed alarmed by the Frankensteinian jumble of circuits. It looks like its pieced together from components manufactured in at least three non-consecutive decades.

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