Yesterday I went to call my mom, and the phone started making weird noises. I thought, oh her phone line must be down. Unfortunately, that happens with her home phone because of her cable company. I mentioned it in passing to someone else I was talking to later in the day, and she said to me, "did you remember to dial the area code?" Of course I hadn't. Now I admit, most of the numbers I call are in my cell phone, with the area code already in there. But with my mom, I just pick up the phone and dial. She has the same phone number we had when we were kids so it's kind of fun to dial it. Anyway, hopefully my mistake will stop you from having one. From now on (actually as of Saturday), we all have to dial the area codes of local numbers. Yep, even the ones you've been calling for years. So first thing to do, go into your cell phone and make sure area codes are in for all your numbers. Second, remember when you're dialing (for instance if you're calling the radio station), make sure to dial that area code first. Otherwise, you'll get the wonky busy signal and you won't get through to your friend/family member.