Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Bells and Whistles
I got myself a cell phone! (Please, mute the laughter and no rolling of the eyes.)
Yes, I’ve emerged from the dark ages and joined the ranks of the-stay-connected-all-the-time crowd. Truthfully? I have no intention of staying connected 24/7. I know how to turn it OFF.
My experience with cell phones is limited. I had one many, many years ago. It died from lack of use. Since that time, cell phones became the accessory du jour but I was immune to their siren call.
My next experience took place in London last fall. AMC set me up with his extra cell phone (extra???) so we could stay in touch and/or in case I ended up in some dire emergency. (I didn’t.)
I sent him a text message once. In the time it took me to compose the text, I could have walked to where he was working (miles away) and just told him what I had to say. Or phoned. But I was determined to master texting – and I did. Sort of. Anyway, he didn’t laugh at any mistakes I’d made – or he just told me he didn’t laugh and I chose to believe him.
At this point in time, my immunity began to wear off. It was kind of fun playing with that little gadget. Perhaps it was time for a new toy for Beth?
My kids have been urging me to buy a cell phone for years. “What if your car breaks down, Mom?” (They know to play on my greatest fears.) “What if you’re in an accident?” (If I was, I figured I probably wouldn’t be in any shape to make a call.)
Last weekend, I finally succumbed to the disease/craze. Since I lack an intuitive approach to such technology, the boys have been a great help in showing me how to use my (wow, it’s skinny) new cell phone. However, SHOW & TELL is not a 100% successful method to teach me how to do or use anything. I need the written word as well. I’ve skimmed through a 97 page PDF instruction manual while sitting at the computer with my new toy by my side.
Elisabeth Stewart is now making and receiving calls.
However, she is still trying to figure out how to use all the bells and whistles – and she doesn’t “do” text messaging.