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tales of something simple - call waiting: possibly the shittiest invention ever

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call waiting: possibly the shittiest invention ever

It occurred to me tonight that technology has gone too far.  I know, I may seem slow as you are probably wondering where I’ve been.  Yes, I’ve acknowledged this in the past.  But this was the first time I was truly venomously annoyed by it.  I am accessible in so many places.  Multiple e-mail accounts, texting, cell phone, facebook, AIM, a website.  Each form of communication is damn near instantaneous with the invention of laptops and the internet integration into the cell phone pool and I think I’ve had enough.  I am not overwhelmed by all the ways in which people can communicate with me.  No, no.  However, I am not going to sugar coat the fact that I get really pissed when people ditch me for someone else.

Yeah, it’s kind of like when you’re at a party talking to someone and the conversation is going great, life is good and then a newbie shows up in the room and the person you thought you were enjoying talking to, suddenly excuses themselves to talk to the newbie and never returns.  So when I am talking to you on the phone and you rudely answer the other phone line (like your home phone) or call-waiting and decide instantaneously that the individual on the other end is not bleeding, requesting a kidney, getting a divorce, having a baby, getting engaged, has decided to change gender or was arrested and you say “Oh ____’s calling, gotta go” I kind of feel like I just got knocked down ten pegs on the “list of important people” in you life list.  And don’t even try and end it with, “I’ll call you right back” because let’s face it, if ______ is that much cooler, you’ve forgotten me by the time you’re done with Greatest Ever.

When I am talking to you, I’m talking to YOU.  I make every effort to offer undivided attention because I hate the phone.  So if I am taking the time to talk to  you, you must be important to me.  Therefore, whatever else is going on around me, gets a dirty look, blank stare or silent “SHH!” when trying to interrupt me.  When we had a home phone line and it rang while I was on my cell phone, I not only ignored it, I silenced it.  When someone beeps in on my cell phone (AND WHY OH WHY IF YOU ARE A VERIZON CUSTOMER DOES IT MAKE NOISE ON THE OTHER PARTIES END TOO, SO THEY KNOW SOMEONE IS CALLING YOU!?), I ignore it unless it is a call I have to take right then and there.  I don’t hurriedly excuse myself, interrupt the other person and move on.  WHY?  Because I wouldn’t and don’t like when someone does it to me.  I got lotsa love for lotsa people and I make time to offer my attention to each and every person I care about however I can.  If you don’t have time to talk to me because you are expecting a call?  STAY OFF THE PHONE.

That being said, I’m not perfect either.  I very often entertain an AWFUL habit that I am now vowing to change (someone call my husband and tell him to read this…).  I usually walk into the house from running an errand or coming home from work or elsewhere…on the phone.  And because I am such a devoted phone conversationalist, I albeit ignore my husband because I don’t want to be rude (clearly to the person I am talking to).  But what gives me license to be rude to him?  I sacrifice one lamb for the other?  So I am making a vow that I won’t cut you off to switch to another call…but I will when I get home every day because a good marriage thrives on big hugs, puppies jumping and lots of kissing when I walk in the door…none of which can be done as efficiently, painlessly (puppies jumping) or passionately with a blue tooth in my ear.

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