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11. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Ah, that warm wonderful worldly way of communicating known as text messaging or SMS.... Unlike the spoken and (true) written word, text messaging has given us one of the most beautiful and eloquent ways of staying in touch. Who needs to waste time with multi-lettered words when a single vowel or consonant or number can do the trick. Texting is such a lovely "language" that a cell phone company used it in their commercials. The family members spoke to each other in SMS shorthand. Oh, it was as stimulating as reading a message on my phone - if not more so (stimulating, that is). I was all aquiver at the way they shortened the words down to a gibberish even a gerbil could be proud of - if a gerbil were prone to pride - which I don't think they are - but one never knows...

I have a friend who is in love with text messaging. She made sure to buy one of the first phones with the full keyboard just to make texting easier. (She's getting older and needed all the letters to have their own key. Trying to remember, or see, the three under each number was becoming more difficult.) Knowing that I do not turn on my cell phone, she will call and tell me to turn it on because she will be calling me...

Her: Hi! I'm calling to tell you to turn on your cell phone. I'm going to call you in awhile.
Me: Why? You're calling me now so let's talk.
Her: I can't! I'm on my way to the football game. I'll call back in a bit. Turn on your phone! (Click)

I turn on my phone, wait for the call, keep waiting for the call, wait some more for the call, finally get the call. Okay, that isn't the ring for a phone call, that's a ring for a text message. I ignore it. I am expecting a call with a real voice at the other end. The phone rings again. It's another text message. (I haven't read the first one.) I ignore it. Finally, the ring tone is for a real person to person encounter...

Her: I've sent you 2 messages and you haven't replied!
Me: You said you were going to call, not text.
Her: Same thing.
Me: Is not.
Her: Is too.
Me: Is not. So, how's the game?
Her: I can't talk now - it's too noisy. Answer my text!
Me: No. I'm watching the game. (Click)

I finally broke down, read the messages and responded. She spent more time sending me the play by play of the game than she actually saw of the game. I missed most of it too because I was spending my time answering her messages. That was the last time I turned on my phone except for emergencies and TP meet-ups.

Now I realize that texting is here and not going away. I believe that it was part of God's plan all along. (Well, I would believe that if I was a true believer to begin with). Why else would he have given us opposable thumbs if it wasn't to hold onto our cell phones and text message? He didn't give most non-primates opposable thumbs and they don't have cell phones because of it. They "talk" to each other. Wow - what a concept. Poor uneducated lower life forms. They don't know what they are missing... Maybe they do... Has anyone seen my gerbil? My cell phone seems to be missing too...

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 3, 2008, at 11:01 AM by Isadora ]

12. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

I actually like the text option a lot. I'm not much of a phone person (often it'll ring and I don't bother to answer it), or I'm in the middle of something and have about a minute to talk. So a text is a quick way to get to the point--or else send a quick few one-liners back and forth. I'd rather see my friends in person that catch up by phone. Anyway, half the time I'm just "um-hmm"ing thinking "please, please let me get off! please!!!!"

13. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Quoting tway

I actually like the text option a lot. I'm not much of a phone person (often it'll ring and I don't bother to answer it), or I'm in the middle of something and have about a minute to talk. So a text is a quick way to get to the point--or else send a quick few one-liners back and forth. I'd rather see my friends in person that catch up by phone. Anyway, half the time I'm just "um-hmm"ing thinking "please, please let me get off! please!!!!"

So note to self - never ring Tina cos she wont want to chat - actually l have a friend who is really like this Rachel is just not a phone person and its so obvious!!!

On an aside l have gone through 3 mobile phones (lm on number 3 now!) in the last 4 weeks!!! They are company phones mind you!!!

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting Purdy

Quoting tway

I actually like the text option a lot. I'm not much of a phone person (often it'll ring and I don't bother to answer it), or I'm in the middle of something and have about a minute to talk. So a text is a quick way to get to the point--or else send a quick few one-liners back and forth. I'd rather see my friends in person that catch up by phone. Anyway, half the time I'm just "um-hmm"ing thinking "please, please let me get off! please!!!!"

So note to self - never ring Tina cos she wont want to chat - actually l have a friend who is really like this Rachel is just not a phone person and its so obvious!!!

On an aside l have gone through 3 mobile phones (lm on number 3 now!) in the last 4 weeks!!! They are company phones mind you!!!

I do love talking to people I haven't seen in ages! I'm just not up to setting aside an hour every day to glue the phone to my ear, I guess. For me, the phone's just a practical thing. I'd much rather have martinis/sangria/wine/etc. etc. on a nice terrace with all those lovely people I like so much!

And--3 phones? Did you leave them somewhere or did you throw them away after realizing what you just texted...??

15. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

No my text messaging has abated during this last month or so - lve been extremely well behaved - although my consumption of alcohol has also diminished due to the hours lm putting in at work!!! The phones - as they were all company ones - they were crap and the second one was a brick of a PDA thing which l have no use for and it had about half a nano-second of battery life - so l threw my toys out of the pram at work and demanded a new one was ordered which duly arrived yesterday and fingers crossed it will actually work!

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 4, 2008, at 12:26 AM by Purdy ]

16. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting Purdy

No my text messaging has abated during this last month or so..

Maybe if I had abated I wouldn't be expecting child number 3

17. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting james

Quoting Purdy

No my text messaging has abated during this last month or so..

Maybe if I had abated I wouldn't be expecting child number 3

I think you're right there, James!! Maybe you should have just sent her a drunken text message professing your undying love for her and then crawled off to sleep on the couch.

As for Purdy - she's making a set of wind chimes for me out of her old cell phones. Another couple of weeks and she should have enough phones to finish the job.

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