Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Almost Hump Day


Posting this early as time seems to be a premium these days. Got one of those new fangled cell phones, a talk and toss just in case I grow disgusted with the thing then I won't have wasted a lot of money on it. All I wanted was the ability to make and receive calls but OH NO can't have that. Even the cheapest come with voicemail web browsers and more functions than anyone needs. And of course they want you to burn your minutes writing ridiculous 149 character notes to people who probably won't read them. Might come in handy to summon help on the highway or something like that, but for the most part I see little need for one. Discussing which can of peas to buy at the market is just a waste of time and minutes. And they have become just one more of life's distractions. Driving home the other day in stop and go traffic I observed the woman ahead of me texting while paying less attention to her driving. If I could make the laws it would be perfectly legal to stop her car snatch the device from her hand and smash it on the ground, no questions asked. What on earth could be that important that you risk rear ending the car in front when a simple I'll be late would do and save so many lives? Odds are that she'll be dead in a few months because I just had to tell you abou.....

12 comments:

Ranch Chimp said...

Got a real laugh out of this one, because it's so true and what a scammed market cell's are too. :)

These dayz Demeur ... I dont get any of the contract plan's ... like before through my daughter's provider or whatever. I buy the basic prepaid cell's, and change up on them periodically, changing number's, phone's, etc ... but unlike alot of folk's ... I dont have alot of phone conversation's or texting, I dont tweet (cause whatever I'm thinking can wait and no one will die if they dont get it) ... my call's are basically business and short, but I need a cell for that ... other wise I wouldnt even carry one. I still have a land line at home too, with the answering service to screen all the call's .... since most call's are to sell me some shit, or get me to vote for their asses or related garbage of folk's who want to do something for me, love me, want to share their secret's to personal wealth, sell me insurance or generic Viagra crap, etc, etc ... their all about as nauseating as those who come up to me on the train/ rail platform of metro transit handing me a pamphlet asking me if I know Jesus Christ ... who I quickly tell them ... "No sorry, but you can ask the transit officer over there", if they get too close ... I'm more straight with them and say ... "Hey ... fuck off man"

Demeur said...

RC you need to get on the national Do not call list. That limits the obnoxious calls to fund raisers, political ads and surveys. As for the bible thumpers ask them if they know Satan. That should get a rise.

Randal Graves said...

O HAI TEXT 2 U SEE U IN 2 LEET!

Where's a Snake Plissken worldwide EMP when we need one.

Tom Harper said...

We have one of those no-frills cell phones, advertised in AARP and American Legion magazines, among other places. As far as I know there's no internet, texting, killer apps or anything. It's strictly for in case the landline goes dead, the car breaks down, etc.

If I'm ever reduced to walking along or driving while chitchatting on my cell phone, I hope to be shot right then and there.

S.W. Anderson said...

I feel the same as you about a cell phone: all I want is the basics in simple-to-use form and an affordable price. I've used Tracfone for several years and am completely satisfied. For four years I got along great with a Nokia "candy bar" type phone that was very basic, but my wife decided she wanted a smaller flip-open design, so we got one. It's sleek looking, but slower to start up and has smaller buttons. She is happy with the flip-open feature, though.

We buy a year's worth of service with 500 minutes, which get doubled, for $100. We now have a humungous backlog of minutes, so there's never a worry about that.

We go weeks without using it, but there's been a few times when our cell phone really earned its keep.

What doesn't work for us is one the plans where you pay through the nose on a multi-year contract.

As for texting, what's the point, besides wasting money? I think it's mostly just a fad.

an average patriot said...

I AM BAD! When I am away from the phone in the wall that's it. I don't want to be bothered. There is not much that can't wait till later. As you know, my sons are all over the world and it always throws me when they call and talk to me and when I get around to asking what they are doing they say I am looking in your door waving to you. I hate the damn things but Trice has one for the car.

Demeur said...

Jim You should get a Skype phone then. If your sons have access to the net then calls are basically free or for very little (few cents a minute). I've used their service for a while and it comes in handy for long distance. You can also do video calls from a computer with camera.

harry said...

Just got first "cell" phone here.

Month to month, no contract. Cheapest plan is 300 minutes,anytime, for $25.
Unlimited texting/internut, AFAIK

re: Harpers comment. I read in the Seattle fishwrap last week where a kid was run down(dead) by a locomotive whist walking the tracks; apparently had his head in a hoodie with the "earbuds" going with .....something.

Who'd a thunk a TRAIN would come along?

Anonymous said...

Wow, those last two commenters is some scary lookin' folks!

I'ma crawl back under this here rock!

The Blog Fodder said...

Had a cell phone for years and love it. Always the simple ones that store phone numbers and make calls. Three of my kids don't even have a land line.
Now we never had a land line at our house in Ukraine. Takes years to get one and is very expensive. Mobile phones have freed so many people in the world it is amazing. In the FSU everyone, even the kids have a mobile. Most of them never had phone service at all before other than pay phones with bad lines. Africa, China, India - all over the world, mobile phones have opened up the lives of people.

an average patriot said...

That's funny but I was talking to one son yesterday and they want to hook me up. I will but I am a bit leary. I see their facebook and photobucket, that works for me.

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