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I Want To Slam The Phone Down!!!

We’re in the digital age and I love it.  But, I hate it.  Parts of it, anyway.

Don’t get me wrong, I love technology.  I don’t even remember life before e-mail, iPhones, and instant messaging.  Frankly, I can’t imagine my life without them.

But, there are a few things I miss about the old analog world.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Digital Analog Checks Album CD Blockbuster Mail Walk Phone Calls Toilet Progress Old Fashion Modern Old School CommunicationI miss checks and writing the wrong year on them for the first couple months…I mean days of the New Year.  These days when our family is talking about their day at the dinner table, I don’t get many laughs discussing how I typed the wrong year, and had to backspace to retype it correctly.

But, the first week of March a few years ago, when I told my pack about how I had to scribble out the year, rewrite, and initial it 3 different times on my check before I got it right, each time being mocked by a know-it-all teenage cashier at Blockbuster, they were rolling on the floor.

I miss being able to slam the phone down.  Sometimes I more than miss it.  I nearly yearn for it.  Pushing “end” just doesn’t provide the same satisfaction as a good old fashioned slam down.  Sometimes I’m mad, I’m frustrated, I’m passionate, and touching “end” doesn’t convey the full spectrum of my emotional needs the way a good slamming would.

I miss having the option to throw the phone.  The natural follow-through to a good phone slam is to toss the phone across the room.  It was instant effective venting, stress-relief, and communication steering.  I’m not throwing my iPhone.  I don’t even set it down, which I do ever so gently, without first checking to make sure there is no moisture or other anti-iPhone goo on or anywhere near the surface.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Digital Analog Checks Album CD Blockbuster Mail Walk Phone Calls Toilet Progress Old Fashion Modern Old School CommunicationI miss having to buy a whole album, instead of just the song I wanted at the moment.  I found some of my favorite tunes on albums I bought for other tracks entirely.  Sometimes it’s a good thing to have to get something you don’t want, because sometimes it’s exactly what you need.

I miss real mail.  Much as I like to receive texts full of sweet words and kissy faces, there is nothing like holding a love letter on real paper written with a real pen in your hands to melt your heart.  Take a note, men.  Or, rather, send one.

I miss being unreachable.  There’s almost nowhere I go that I’m not nearly instantly reachable.  Yes, I can turn off all my techie stuff, leave my cell phone behind, switch off the car phone.  But, although that might buy me a little time away from the IM’s of the world, it will also buy me the panic of my friends and family, not to mention coworkers, as they panic at my sudden drop off the grid, and begin calling the FBI to activate the GPS devices in all of my electronic tools.   Sometimes I’d like to go for a walk alone.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Digital Analog Checks Album CD Blockbuster Mail Walk Phone Calls Toilet Progress Old Fashion Modern Old School CommunicationI miss spontaneous phone calls.  A text that says “I’m thinking about you!” is nice, but hearing the timbre of the voice attached to the thumbs that typed it is even better.  I miss the sound of “I love you” and “I can’t wait to see you” and even “Hurry home the toilet just exploded.”  The urgency, the fun, the joy in a voice just doesn’t make the jump through “text-speed.

Well, except the toilet message.

I guess that’s pretty much the same either way.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What do you like best about this digital age?  What bugs you about it?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

 

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8 Responses
  • dadblunders
    January 14, 2013

    GREAT POST!!!!!

    What is that I hear????? Do I hear the “great post” patrol coming after me???

    No….sorry….I am mistaken….it’s just the FBI looking for all the reasons I am NOT off their grid and radar…..dang it!!!

    Aaron

  • dadblunders
    January 14, 2013

    Gina,

    Why is I just can’t seem to get that “great post” out of my head??? Oh…wait i remember….it was because of you…..lol….

    I can tell you a couple of things I miss….(in fact I am now considering doing a post on the subject)

    I miss the phone book….Okay I don’t miss the phone book because we still get one (although now we use it as nothing more than a paper weight) I recall a time when I actually had to look up names and numbers. I even remember on the rare occasion that a number would be WRONG in the phone book (the horrors). You would dial it and discover it was a wrong number. I met some of the most interesting people because the phone company published a wrong number.

    I also miss watches. I realize we still have watches but it was nothing for my watch to be either to fast or to slow. I could arrive somewhere early or late and not know it until I got there. I could even arrive late on purpose and blame my watch (try that with an I-Phone that has accurate time) Yes, you can tell your friends that your i-Phone died but who wants to tell their friends that an Apple product messed up (or you were too lazy to charge it).

    Yes….you have probably started me on my next post and things my son will never know the joy of…..

    Aaron

  • Andi-Roo (@theworld4realz)
    January 14, 2013

    Everyone we know is fully on-board with the cell phone thing; my hubz + I are the last two people on the planet who don’t have them. (Not from lack of want, but from finances.) You should see how angry our mothers get when they are trying to reach us. You would think THEY were the spoiled, impatient teenagers, while we are the quiet, peaceful adults. Kind of funny how the generation behind us jumped on the wagon quicker than we did, and have never looked back once! 🙂

    I miss spiral phone cords that used to get tangled because no one could ever figure out how to keep them going the right way. Being anal about that sort of thing, every time I used the phone I’d twist them back into the proper spiral layout. Then I’d lie on the floor, put my feet on the wall, and talk to my boyfriend till mom said it was time to hang up! 🙂

  • ME TOO!!!!!!!!!! Especially the phone “tossing”. 😀

    • gina valley
      January 19, 2013

      I know, right?!?! There is nothing quite like a good, old phone toss! 🙂

  • Roshni
    April 10, 2013

    When we were teens, we used to indulge in prank calls…calling up boys and making snarky comments without revealing our identity! That’s pretty much out the window now with caller ID!
    I know what you mean about missing banging the receiver down!

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