“I am not going quietly into this mobile era of constant and instant availability.”
I am not cool with it.
Everyone I know except me has ditched their landline. I am the last of the Mohicanslandlinians.
When you reach someone on a home phone in a fixed location – they just might have time to connect and have a discussion in a very human and important way – at least they could have – in a bygone era.
That is gone.
“OK Cave guy, you sound like a Neanderthal now – progress is progress – either get on the bus or get run over.”
Here is what we got with the smart mobile era:
First – what is a “good” number for you? They change so often, it is impossible to keep current unless you are in the “circle” who gets the “new number update” – which I didn’t get because I am still on three numbers ago — My bad.
Second – are you a talker or a text-er?… “Oh, I don’t talk anymore or answer voice mails – Pls txt me btch.”
Third- if I make it through those first two hoops and don’t get a response … now I am being ignored … which means insulted.
And I still haven’t talked to you.
Yeah – this new system is so much better.
And I just want to talk – you know because we are family or friends and that is how we stay that way.
I JUST WANT TO TALK
(sorry, I’m yelling now)
And here is what happens when you do finally get to the mighty castle of “Connection”.
“Oh Hi Wayne, what’s up – I’m just sitting on the toilet at a thruway rest stop, but I saw it was you so I picked up – no problem, just a little stomach bug – go ahead – what you calling about?”
“Dude- I was just checking in, nothing important”
“Oh-then you should just text me”
“Thanks-I’ll remember that for the next time (which will be never) – sorry to catch you indisposed”
That is how it goes for me so I have basically given up talking to my friends.
Talking on the phone is a lost art.
It is replaced by this endless barrage of texting.
And by texting – I think I mean gossiping with words.
We get inane texts to interrupt our work and become inefficient – then while we are enjoying free time – we get inane texts from work to interrupt that. We are always working and always texting. There is no separation of church and state in our lives.
And it is driving us all mad.
This is so much better – “here let me show you another cat video and I just got this app that makes my face look like a squashed pumpkin- this phone is so cool – my whole life is on it.”
I love this phone
I hate this phone
I just wanted to talk– you know about how things are going for you and how things are going for me, and then maybe we feel more connected – and maybe we can help each other if help is needed. You know life – and how to get through it and stuff – but only when you have a few moments.
And that can’t happen anymore – soooo
That is why I blog…It is as close as I can get.
Here is a 5-pack of my favorite Telephone songs.
Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman
Jim Croce – Operator
E. L. O. – Telephone Line
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number – Steely Dan
Lady Gaga – Telephone
Am I insane on this? And did I miss a great telephone song for my 5-pack? Would love to hear what you guys think.