As my hosting service says, "You could not make this up." This is not the first time Verizon has knocked over the china shelves, so to speak, at my hosting service.
But if you have noticed the sites are down--yes, I know (have known since before the "fix" when the connection was off-and-on) and yes, I know it's not the hosting service, but Verizon. It will get fixed eventually, although the desire to pour a bucket of wet fish down the back of Verizon's CEO's jacket is becoming stronger. (The ability to do this is of course limited by common sense and better things to do. Like use the time I can't be blogging on the websites to, um, work on the current chapter.