[eta]: I had to run off to stats earlier, hence the brief post. I defended my proposal this morning, and I passed with no revisions, meaning that I am free to go forth and interview. There are things that my committee wants me to consider before I go interpreting my data, and incorporate into the final thesis, but not enough for a re-write of the proposal. Yeehaw. :)
Also, it is not enough to test a phone line; one must also make sure the @#$@#$ing speakerphone function is programmed.