Thursday, September 21, 2006

Remember When

Okay, I want to start this off by saying I'm not that old. Stop laughing, those of you who know me - I'm not. I haven't even hit the big 40 yet. Technically, I barely a member of Gen X, so I can't be that old. But this is something I got to thinking about last night and then started wondering where this dependency came from - on cell phones.

Recently movie theaters in Dallas got together because they had the grand (I think) idea of blocking cell phone signals in the movie theater. YEAH!!!!! I thought. No more yelling like some psychotic bitch in the movie theater at the a-hole that thinks I paid $7.50 to hear him talk. But people were so up in arms about it, that I don't know if it will ever happen. And you should have seen the people on television protesting. I guarantee not a single one of them would be receiving a phone call that started with "we have an emergency at Mercy General and need the best brain surgeon in Texas" or "that's a 42 car pile up on I-20 and we need all emergency medical personel to attend." Nothing like that. I know it's nothing like that because I've heard the conversations. They usually go something like this:

"Hello" - "No, I'm at the movies." - "We're seeing ______." - "Yeah, it's all right. (so and so) looks hot." etc...............

One lady even made the argument that her husband had a heart attack in the theater and if she hadn't had her cell phone to call 911, he would have died. Uh, yeah, because there are no land lines in the theater and even if there were, theater employees would never call 911 for a heart attack victim??????? Then some said "I need to know if my babysitter needs to get ahold of me." Blah, blah, blah, the list goes on and on.

But I remember a time when there were no cell phones. When babysitters were expected to babysit and you checked in with them if you were paranoid that you hadn't hired the right person. I remember when an emergency was just that - not "girl, there's a sale on t-shirts at Foley's, what color do you want? Then there's the people who have their six, seven, eight year-olds with cell phones. Have you lost your damn mind. Their arguement - when they needs to be picked up they can call that way they are not unattended. Excuse me - what about we try "parenting" again and we make sure small children are never required to use a cell phone to make sure adults do their job.

I remember a time without answering machines too. You know, when if someone wanted to talk to you, they had to keep calling until you were home.

Life seemed a lot simplier and less frantic before we all decided we were too important to be unreachable.


Jaye Wells said...

Have you seen those Firefly cell phones for kids? I'm sorry, but how many kids do you know who can't find their own shoes, much less and expensive phone?

As for the movie theaters, I agree it's a pain. I had that same babysitter thought, but you're right. If there's an emergency they should call 911 first. And I always leave info for where we're going so they could call the theater and have them come find us.

Kelly Parra said...

It is sooo funny how dependent we are on cell phones! Me, included. I agree about phone interruptions in the movie theater. What I don't get is how hard is it for someone to turn a phone to vibrate when in a group meeting or a small quiet area. It's so crazy. I wouldn't go as far as protest if I couldn't use my phone in a certain area, I just wouldn't go to that area if I really needed it. =D

Tori Lennox said...

All I have to say is "Amen, sister!!!" :)

lainey bancroft said...

Here! Here!
Being surrounded by miscellaneous beeps and hideously tinny music while I pick produce at the market makes me feel like the ball in a pinball machine (and yes, I do realize saying 'pinball machine' dates me :0)
My 15 yr ole daughter is ready to file abuse charges because she's convinced she's the ONLY one in the free world without a cell phone. Hmm, a glance around reveals she could be right. Her dad and I have generously offered to put her on his monthly plan IF she saves her baby sitting money to buy a handset. Thankfully, she spends all that going to the movies! :P

Reel Fanatic said...

As such technological rube that I don't even have a cell phone, I can only say huzzah to any theaters trying to do something about this ... I'm not sure how much longer I can hold out, but I'm gonna keep tryin

Jana DeLeon said...

Jaye - great point on kids losing things. I hope the cell phone companies don't offer insurance for anyone under....say.....30??

Kelly - Vibrate, now THERE'S a concept. :) Wonder if anyone but you figured it out?????

Tori - can I getta AMEN?

Lainey - if I had kids they'd be suing me for abuse too. Perhaps it's a sign of good parenting???

reel - good for you not owning a cell phone! I wish I didn't have one either, but with free long distance and a mother out-of-town, an agent and editor out-of-state and all my writing buds out-of-state and town, well, heck it's cheaper to have the cell phone. Besides which, my company makes me. :)

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