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I gave in
This is actually old news, but I didn't write about it earlier due to hectic holiday time.

I finally got a cell phone. Actually, I got two cell phones. One for me and one for Warren. He hasn't bothered to even look at his yet, but I'm sure he'll succumb eventually.

Its ironic because I met him when I was working for him at a consulting company back in 1994. My first project was on a program to help people who were bidding in the FCC auction of PCS spectra, the very type my new phone is using. We also did about how cell phone use would develop, and yet it took us over ten years to buy one.

Of course the reason it took so long is that we both hate using the phone. Add to that all the rude people you hear chatting loudly about the trivialities of their life while in the grocery store or wherever, and cell phones just weren't that appealing.

On the other hand, its become almost impossible not to have one. We had an experience this past summer that illustrated this. We were driving to Conneticut to have a lesson with Larinda McRaven. We'd never been before, but we wanted her opinion on our American Style Waltz. Mapquest said the trip was one hour forty minutes, and we left two hours before the lesson. Sadly, we got caught in a rainstorm and traffic on the pike was barely moving. We were going to be hideously late, so we stopped at a rest stop to use a pay phone and call. I needed to get change because the pay phone cost $1 per call. It took my money, but then didn't appear to work. I then got more change, and tried again, same result. So, as far as I could tell, all the pay phones in the place didn't work, and they were expensive and annoying, and I was soaking wet from running into the rest stop. It later transpired that they had sort-of worked. While I couldn't hear anything on the other end, I had succeeded in leaving a message for Larinda on her cell phone. She'd then tried to call me back (using the number I'd called and assuming that I had a cell phone), and was mightily surprised that the phone I'd called from didn't receive incoming calls. We arrived safetly an hour late, and had our lesson, but much panic and embarrassment (and wet clothes) could have been avoided if I'd had a cell phone.

Another amusing note on people being assumed to have cell phones: the place where Warren is currently working does not give its contractors phones, so he has no phone at work. He actually like this, though it has meant that I've had to do some of the fix-the-house calling that he normally handles.


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twe From: twe Date: December 31st, 2004 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)

They're handy things

..but I pretty much use mine for coordinating things when I'm traveling ("Hey, I'm here now/going to be late/lost"), for quick calls when I'm out ("Can you go look at my printer and tell me what kind of ink it needs? I forgot."), and long distance (because once you have the phone, it's cheaper).

I think you'll be glad you have one, even if there are people who use them rudely (talking in inappropriate places; having loud, long, musical rings; leaving them on in movie theaters).

The one pesky thing about them is I often forget to charge mine. If you're using yours mostly in your car/on the road, you might find a car charger handy. (Hmm, *I* might find one handy too, now that I have a car.)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 31st, 2004 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: They're handy things

Hmm, that's a point. I think my car actually has a regular outlet in it, but I'll have to check.
twe From: twe Date: December 31st, 2004 09:13 am (UTC) (Link)

By the way

Does Warren want to test drive my car this weekend?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 31st, 2004 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: By the way

Yes, as it turns out he does. I'll send you an email.
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