The world is strong-arming me to get mobile.

10 Jan

I don’t have a cell phone. I have very little interest in changing this.

It irritates some of my friends. Sometimes I feel like I am missing out, but when I am having a drink at the pub with a bunch of people and half of them are elbows deep in a text I think ‘not for me’. I get by fine with a land-line and the many communication options my Mac has to offer. I got by fine until last week that is.

My Shaw phone modem malfunctioned. I not only couldn’t make or receive calls, but nobody could buzz me from the front door of my building. I lived with this for a few days but I eventually had to make the 45 minute call to Shaw to get the modem replaced. Of course I had to make this call elsewhere than home.

‘Your phone is not working at all?’
‘Nope, and my buzzer doesn’t work either.’
‘What’s your cell number?’
‘I don’t have one. I’m one of those guys. Last one I bet, right?’
‘Can you use a friend’s phone?’
‘I can’t ask a friend to wait with me from 8 AM to 8 PM for your guy on a work day. Can’t he just toss a stone at my window when he gets here?’

I arranged for the technician to check in with the coffee shop in my building to be let in. So long as he made it before 4:30 PM this would work. After that no dice. At least most of the ridiculous appointment waiting period was covered.

But really, what a hassle. At this point my refusal to join the mobile masses is the real problem. I’m the asshole, not Shaw.

The tech made it before 4:30 PM and my phone works again. Like somebody who made a promise to god in order to get out of a jam – and survived – I don’t feel much like keeping my promise to get a cell phone. But really it is time, or is it?

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16 Responses to “The world is strong-arming me to get mobile.”

  1. Jody Beck (@jody_beck) January 10, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Don’t do it. You are a unique butterfly. Embrace who you are Mike.

  2. mtension January 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Thanks Jody. But it is more tempting these days.

  3. Nickie January 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Tehe… Jody… I think it’s interesting to call him a unique butterfly and then call him “Mike.” *smiles*

    Michael – Life is more like a video game when you have no phone. Long live the Mystery!

  4. dannyprew January 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    It’s time. You signed up for Facebook now it’s time for an Iphone. You can get this cover if it helps… http://goo.gl/5Pqy9

  5. mtension January 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Nicole: Yeah hid call me Mike. Lame Jody. So far I am still enjoying my video game lifestyle.

    Danny: I can’t take your phone. But I do dig John’s Phone https://www.johnsphones.com/. It only does two things; make and take calls. It doesn’t even have a digital phonebook. Apparently it works really well, unlike the iPhone which constantly dropping calls.

  6. srosger January 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    I’m like Michael except I refuse to get a Smartphone or iPhone. I just “upgraded” to a current 2010 standard model, and it’s worse than my “old school” 2007 model.

    I gave-in a little and ended up worse off.

    I think iPhones are cool, and I’m all for technology, but until it’s either a) cheaper, or b) absolutely necessary for me. There may come a time when I’ll need to answer my emails the second I get them, but the time isn’t now.

    I kinda feel proud when I have a shit phone! It’s like I have some sort of special superhero resistance to the pressure, and the longer I hold out the stronger I feel!

    I can’t stand this phone though, and perhaps when the 2 year contract is up I will get an iPhone. Hopefully by then they’ll be $0 with a 3 year contract.

  7. srosger January 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    *Whoops* Correction:
    “I think iPhones are cool, and I’m all for technology, but until it’s either a) cheaper, or b) absolutely necessary for me, I’m not going to get one”

  8. Doug Brown January 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Three words for you Stephan: Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

  9. Jody Beck (@jody_beck) January 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Ok, Michael my papillon. If you need to get a smart phone, I’m with Doug. I own the Galaxy SII. It rules. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVkH9Hgvda4&feature=player_embedded

  10. Lindsey Maloney January 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Do it! Why don’t you get an antique phone? You know “vintage.” One that doesn’t accept texts. So it’s just a portable home phone.

  11. srosger January 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Yeah, like one of these old 90’s phones. Free bluetooth.

  12. srosger January 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve even touched an Android phone. We’ll see!

  13. Brad January 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Michael, I never thought you’d give in. If you’re seriously contemplating it, I might be able to dig this one up for you http://yfrog.com/h84lgvlj

    If things go really well, I should be able to find the leopard print case it came in.

  14. srosger January 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    I would totally use that

  15. mtension January 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    Not sure if I could handle packing around one of those huge, monster classics. But I do appreciated all the suggestions. Maybe I’ll just get a ham radio and join of those clubs…

  16. Lindsey Maloney January 11, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Now that’s what I’m talking about Brad. Fresh Prince style.

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