SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013, 9:26 A.M.

Phone worry: Our suspicious phone activity

The news that the U.S. government has been monitoring phone habits, especially through Verizon, gives me a laugh ( you gotta laugh some about this stuff) imagining government spies analyzing the phone records of me and my sisters.

We sometimes talk for two hours at a time (and we all live in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene.) And we sometimes do three-and-four way calls. We talk about family plans, our mother, TV shows we love and hate, recipes, and memories from childhood, often with some disagreements about those memories. 

I always clean while we talk. It's the easiest way top get chores done. One sister usually eats on the phone because she eats dinner later than the rest. One sister, I suspect, is looking at her computer or watching TV while we visit.

But two hour phone calls are not that unusual.

The government, seeing  the length of these three-ways, might wonder what the Nappi sisters are up to. My husband sometimes calls us family terrorists, but we're benign.

Hey Uncle Sam, can you hear us now? We're debating whether you should ever put onions in spaghetti sauce.

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