Friday, December 7, 2007

Modern Communicating

I was talking to my friend out in California yesterday when I was interrupted by a call from my daughter in Florida whose call beeped in whilst I was in mid-conversation with Cyndi. I called Jamie back after telling Cyndi that I needed to take that call if she didn't mind and while I was talking to Jamie, a call beeped in from my job wondering if I'd like to come back into work (I had left there less than an hour before) as one of the other dispatchers had gone home sick. I politely refused (hey, I was in my PJ's and slippers already!) and then went back to my conversation with Jamie.

In the meantime, I got a text message on my cell phone from another friend so while I was talking to Jamie, I sent a text back to my friend and in the midst of that, an email popped up on the screen of my laptop that I replied to while still talking with Jamie. After finishing up my conversation with her, I called Cyndi back out in California and we proceeded to gab for awhile. I guess that you could say that all of this simultaneous communicating was brought to me through the wonder of fiber optic cables! Does anyone remember when you took one phone call at a time and there were no text messages or emails? I can't possibly be the only one who misses that simplicity!

8 comments:

  1. I used to think that answering machines were a curse in England because then you would have to pay to phone people back! Mind you that was quite a few years ago now!
    Cheers

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  2. http://www.showmetoronto.com/12:29 AM EST

    answering option is good but i just don't like it. sometimes it put me in bad situation.

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  3. Yes, I do remember. I still do this today. I don't have a cell phone. I dumped a ton of communication venues when I retired. Wonderful it is. :)

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  4. I really don't like the cell phone. Or the regular phone. Hee hee. I remember when the phone in my room (a princess black phone - rotary dial) would ring and I'd decide whether or not to let the answering machine take it. That way I could "finish" whatever task I was on.

    Now, seems we wonder why we cannot finish a task. Too many interruptions - oh, gotta go I have a SMS coming through with a video that I have to post to YouTube after calling to confirm I got it.

    ::sigh::

    I'm like you, I miss the simplicity.

    ;)

    Monica

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  5. I agree, I miss the simplicity too. I wonder how all those people that drive with a cell phone glued to their ear ever got along 15 years ago. Back then, cell phones were only used for the most urgent business because the cost was prohibitive. Maybe the Amish have it figured out after all.

    Tar Heel Ramblings

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  6. The thing I find even more wacky than the technology that allows us to communicate on such a multi-task level is how easily we of a certain age have adapted to it.

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  7. Ah! the wonders of technology. We long for the simple life but I could not do without!

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  8. well, dear, my cell phone stays in my (diaper) bag and is only used when I'm out of the house...I've never sent or received a text message...my computer is off most of the day and we only have call waiting cuz the package was cheaper than a plain line. Half the time I don't answer the damned beeping anyway. And I almost always screen my calls...so if you want to talk to me, you'd better leave a message cuz I don't have caller ID either.

    guess you could say I'm living in that simplicity!

    :-)

    it's a good thing..you should try it sometime!

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