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The Trouble With My Cell Phone

Discussion in 'MODS CORNER' started by Sookie, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    The Trouble With My Cell Phone
    By Christina Applebaum



    I remember the first time I realized my cell phone was a problem. I had broken down at night on a rural road without much traffic. I spent the first half hour trying to get a hold of someone to come and help me on my cell phone. I wasn't having much luck, at this time not everyone I knew had cell phones yet and I couldn't find anyone who was home. Then it happened, my cell phone died! (Don't ask why I didn't have a car charger because I don't remember. Cell phones were pretty new and I don't remember if I ever had a car charger with my first one) I spent the next hour in the car watching it get darker and growing increasingly more anxious. Finally another car came along and I managed to flag them down, I told them my cell phone had died and I couldn't call anyone. They handed me their cell phone to use ans I was so happy for a total of 5 seconds. I was happy until I realized I didn't know a single phone number from my phone by heart!

    I remember feeling like such an idiot and wishing I hadn't mentioned my phone to them at all. How was this even possible? I used to know every phone number I had by heart, and if I did forget one I used to have them all written down and had that list with me. They ended up just giving me a ride to my Mom's house but I was so embarrassed! I swore I would not be caught in that situation again and I would write down all the numbers and keep then with me. Now I can't remember if I did that like I swore I would so many years ago, but I can tell you that I don't have such a list now. (Perhaps after I finish this I should make one). The fact of the matter is I still don't know a single number in my phone.

    You used to remember them because you had to actually dial the number to call someone. Depending on how often you called a person you eventually knew the number by heart from repeatedly dialing it - you couldn't not know it. Now you just tap a name on your phone and it connects you. In short having a cell phone makes me dumber. I am dependent on it and I don't like it, I don't even have a house phone because its just cheaper to have the one. They are supposed to make our lives better but for the reason I have given plus many, many more, I just don't think that is the case.

    What are some of your pet peeves about cell phones? I would love to hear them.

    Last edited: Nov 4, 2014
  2. Jewels

    Jewels WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    Great story! I remember right before cell phone really came out. We had drove out of town to pick up my cousin. He was to stay the weekend with us. After we left his house and got on the freeway we heard this noise and after that our whole night was changed. Justin pulled over to the median. Our car was dead and would not start. It had just turn dark and started pouring down raining. So with no phone, as they weren't common then, all I could thank to do was right Help on a piece of card board. I remember my hand going numb from the rain and cold temperatures. My hand was getting stung from the rain. I held that make shift sign for a couple of hours. I had my window rolled up as much as I could with my arm hanging out the window. No one ever stopped. I then found another piece of card board in our trunk. So my cousin pitched in holding a sign out his window. Still nothing, no one stopped. I had lost all hope so I added the word 911 to my sign.....still nothing. Finally, four hours had passed. I realized things had defiantly changed. People weren't quick to help anymore. Instead, people were either in a hurry and couldn't be bothered or the thought of stopping and helping someone in the rain was a deal breaker. I felt helpless and thought humanity was forever changed because people were to afraid to stop and offer help. They could have just called 911 and reported our car broke down but no one ever did. Finally, my husband got out and and walked five miles looking for someone who would answer the door and let him call for help. Someone finally answered the door and it did us no good because we had forgot that everyone he called in my family were all at the casino for a night out! He had no choice but to take the long wet walk back to the car. That is were we slept and were finally picked up the next morning from my Mom who checked her voice mail finally. Like you wrote, cell phone are super important and nowadays a necessity. Having a phone could have saved us from a cold, wet night stuck in the car.
  3. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    Jeeze Jewels that's terrible. I cant believe no one would stop even after you added 911 to your sign. I would have, or at the very least called for you.

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