I try calling from my cell phone. Four rings, the swapout, another ring, voice mail. As per the usual.
I try the Temple landline again. Still with the error. I try calling the phone company. Yep, there sure are problems on the line!
I try calling my roommatesister's mom, who lives within easy (for me) walking distance of Darkside. Line works. I try calling Darkside with the cellphone. What the -- ! Error! Same error! I try with the landline. One ring, then straight to voicemail. This is per the usual if the line's busy. So the landline now works for calling him. Evidently. I called the phone company back again, and suggested that there may be problems in the Phoenix/Mesa area.
It's been about half an hour. I'll try again. (Saith the Queen of Bad Timing.)