Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Back When I Was Young

... people introduced themselves when they phoned. When I hear "Hello" on the other end of the phone, I still say, "Hello, this is Susan..." So often the response is "Yes, I know." Sometimes people will even pick up their phone and tell me "Hello, Susan" before I've said a word. It freaks me out.

The flip side is that people will call and start to talk, without realizing that not everyone has caller-ID. Some voices I know; some I do not. But even when it's a person whose voice I normally recognize, a cell-phone call from outdoors or in a moving vehicle may mask the sound of the person's voice.

There's something to be said for land-lines that cannot go to the garden with you, cannot go to the store with you, and let you have a little peace away from the cell phone! But I don't think the rest of the world agrees with me.


  1. I agree with you Susan! And most of the rest of the world doesn't agree : ))

  2. I turn off the ringer on my cell phone.

    I've noticed, too, that some who carry cell phones set the ringer to a single, one-time-only buzz or ring. They ignore all calls. Then, later they deal with messages, sort of treating phone calls like I treat my email. I think it's good.

  3. I agree too. I ditched my cell phone a couple months ago and don't miss it one bit. I like not being accessible to everyone at all times!