I see the challenge “sideways”, seeing the idiom as a rebus-like puzzle long before a story comes to mind. Here, therefore, is the way I see it. Go and do your own writing and leave the comment at Lyn’s Site, sharing what you have written.
While it will have NO impact on those who routinely do me the kindness of clicking the buttons below these posts (for which I truly thank you), today was a day when almost nobody got an email from me. They got a respite from my old-style tech connection.
In the morning, when a newsy email goes out to some family and friends, my outgoing email stopped working. Every time I tried throughout the day, I’d get the same message, telling me the connection attempt had failed part way through.
I re-checked all my own email settings. Email was coming in just fine. I was able to log in to the web mail service and send from there, so it was clearly an issue with the service known as Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP). It’s been around since 1982, definitely “old tech”. Still, it appears one of the most dominant email providers, AOL can break it.
I hope I’ll find out what took most of the day to fix. Maybe I’ll even let you know what I find out.
You might not care, of course if you’re just here for my rhymes!