Thursday, May 1, 2014

MAY 1,  2014
MY LIFE WITH THE TELEPHONE


MY PHONE NUMBER USED TO BE A VERY SIMPLE 1009
THERE WAS NO  COUNTRY CODE, AREA CODE OR EXTENSION... JUST 1009

IF YOU WANTED TO CALL ME,  THERE WAS NO DIAL WITH NUMBERS-- OR A PaD OF NUMBERS TO POKE AT....IN NEWBURGH NY,  YOU  JUST TOLD 1009  TO SOME NICE LADY ON  THE OTHER END OF THE "WIRE" AND SHE WOULD PULL UP A CABLE AND PLUG IT INTO THE WALL IN FRONT OF HER  AT WHICH TIME MY PHONE IN THE HOUSE WOULD RING.

IT WAS ON THE WALL-- EXACTLY WHERE IT WAS  KNOWN TO BE FOR YEARS-- AND YOU ANSWERED IT BY OUT -RACING YOUR SIBLINGS TO BE THE FIRST TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THE HANDLE..   SINCE IT WAS ON THE WALL BY THE STAIRS- ACCESS WAS FROM 2 ANGLES  -- IN THE HALL-- NORMAL LIKE  OR SIT ON THE STAIRS AND REACH THRU THE RAILINGS AND SNATCH...

PROGRESS HAS BEEN WONDERFUL-- 

NOW THE HOUSE PHONE RINGS AND THERE IS A MAD SCRAMBLE TO FIND UNDER WHILCH PILE OF PAPERS IT IS HIDING---- AND IT WILL CAREFULLY TELL YOU IF THE BATTERY IS DEAD... OR  IT IS IN USE BECAUSE SOME DOG HAS  PUSHED A BUTTON AS THEY CARRIED IT INTO THE YARD.... AT WHICH POINT YOU MUST FIND THE EXACT HANDSET CAUSING THAT PROBLEM BEFORE YOU CAN USE THE PHONE AT ALL.

AS FOR THE CELL-----I NOW HAVE ONE OF THE MOST MODERN...  
I JUST HAPPENED TO NOTICE THAT SINCE I GOT IT 3 WEEKS AGO, I HAVE ONLY HAD PHONE CALLS WHILE SITTING IN MY CAR.  IT TOOK A WHILE TO FIGURE THAT OUT..   ACTUALLY  ANN DID--  TURNS OUT THAT THIS MOST MODERN PHONE -- ENCASED WITH THE MOST MODERN PROTECTIVE CASE - MADE ESPECIALLY FOR THIS DEVICE, ...MADE THE VIBRATE/RING SELECTION  BUTTON INACCESSIBLE---- SINCE I RARELY HAVE  THE KIND OF CLOTHING  TO WEAR THIS PHONE,  I WAS UNABLE TO ANSWER ANY CELL CALLS TO ME FOR THE PAST 3 WEEKS.

AND GOING FORWARD IT DOES NOT LOOK PROMISING EITHER...

 FOR AN INSOMNIA PROJECT I STARTED TALKING TO SIRI-- WHO VERY NICELY READ ME  ABOUT 1/2 OF EACH EMAIL...  AND THEN SAID  "NO" AND QUIT.
I TRIED TO BUY THE ALBUM -- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA-- IT WOULD NOT LET ME...
 
THERE WAS A RED DOT SOMEWHERE - TELLING ME OF AN UPDATE-- 
I HAve seen megan push that update button  WITH  NO FEAR IN HER MIND..  
SO I DID THAT

NOW I HAVE A PHONE WITH A PICTURE OF AN APPLE IN THE MIDDLE-- NOTHING ELSE-
AND SIRI WON'T TALK TO ME EITHER...
I CAN NOT EVEN TURN IT OFF-- WITH EITHER BUTTON

SHORT OF TAKING THE BATTERY OUT -- I AM DONE.

HAVIG BEEN UP AT 2 AM COMPLAINING ABOUT THE PHONE, I HAVE  OVERSLEPT.

WITH A LONG LIST OF THINGS TO DO TODAY.. 
HOME DEPOT FOR MORE PAINT IS ONE OF THEM.

3 comments:

  1. Ah, Carlene ...you and I are of the same vintage. I had been living in Philadelphia, where we had one of those cool candlestick phones with a dial at the base. When my parents dragged me--kicking and screaming (I had my own plans)--across the bridge to Jersey, I found a desk model *with no dial*! And like you, I simply picked up the phone and told the operator the four digits. At least we didn't have a party line; when I heard about party lines I said "What kind of backward place is this?" At least we were't burdened with that --because of my father's occupation, and the "sensitive" nature of some calls, we got a private line!

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  2. CARLENE...YOU NEED A JITTERBUG SENIOR PHONE! NO FRILLS, JUST A CELL PHONE. IT MAY NOT TALK TO YOUR CAR BUT IT WILL BE THERE FOR YOU IN AN EMERGENCY...AND THAT IS REALLY ALL WE NEED A CELL PHONE FOR ANYWAY, ISN'T IT?

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  3. SO SORRY TO HEAR YOU ARE HAVING SUCH TROUBLES. YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE YOUR PHONE BACK TO THE APPLE STORE FOR THEM TO REBOOT IT AND GET YOU UP AND RUNNING AGAIN.
    I AGREE, I LOVED MY GRANNY'S PARTY LINE, WHICH SHE HAD UP THRU THE 1970's. SHE LIVED OUT IN THE KANSAS FARM COUNTRY.
    I MISS THE PHONE BEING ATTACHED TO THE WALL. I SOMETIMES THINK WE HAVE ALLOWED THIS PHONE TO BECOME TO BECOME TOO OBTRUSIVE IN OTHER PEOPLES LIVES, IT REALLY WAS SIMPLER BACK WHEN.

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