Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bluetooth gone wrong


Col. Hogan said...

Lady C,

For me, it started with larger and larger numbers of people walking around seemingly talking to themselves. Then, I noticed that just about anyone who is alone is on the cell phone--as if they just can't bear to be alone.

Then, I once told a guy who was talking very loudly in a restaurant, "If you're gonna talk that loudly, you don't need the phone. He'll hear you."

That vid was hilarious!

smartass sob said...

I'm not sure what happened, but everything is working fine with your site today. No more script error messages. I got an update from Microsoft last evening - perhaps that fixed something on my machine. ;-) Microsoft ought to have named their Windows operating system "Patches."


Chatelaine said...

Col, I think the bluetooth thing and talking all the time on the phone has just gone totally ridiculous. And I hate loud talkers or people who keep the ringer all the way up to shrill and let it ring in a restaurant.

I wish I could lecture the world on phone etiquette :-)

Chatelaine said...

Yay, sob! I was afraid we'd lose you. Computer problems are so frustrating. They come out of nowhere and screw with everything.

patches is perfect

The Wine Commonsewer said...

My father is 80 years old and the one thing about the changes over the last eight decades that blows him away is seeing people walking around talking on cell phones.

He thinks that is the most amazing thing of all.

if you would have told me that someday people would be walking around the mall talking to people on the phone............

Cell phones are for old farts though. Kids never talk on the cell phone. They TEXT each other dozens of times a day.

Sign of the times. Which are a'changin'.

Then, I once told a guy who was talking very loudly in a restaurant, "If you're gonna talk that loudly, you don't need the phone. He'll hear you."


My theory is that guys like that are trying to prove how cool and important they are. It was worse fifteen years ago, but I still think those assholes are trying to show everyone how very important they are.

Or maybe they have small wee knees.

Col. Hogan said...


I still very often see people texting in their cars, while driving.

I've never "gotten" the texting thing. I like to try to keep up, but of course, I'm a mite slow. Texting doesn't make a bit of sense to me.

The only thing I can figure out is that, as a ute, I used to pass notes in class. As did we all. I can see texting as a high tech way to pass notes in class. Otherwise, it seems to make no sense.

Col. Hogan said...

Lady C,

I'd like it if someone wer to write and publish a sensible cell phone etiquette guide.

Things like:
Never answer your phone while with your kids.
Never answer the phone while you're talking to someone else.
Never answer your phone while on a date.
Never answer your phone in a restaurant.
Always go to a private place, away from others, to talk on the phone.

TWC said...

Col, you are exactly right. Texting is high-tech note passing. Except it goes on before and after school as well.

Text Msg's are useful on many occasions. For instance, just yesterday some girl named Jocelyn sent a text to Jake that said we just left your bus stop. Go to Darlene's stop I guess she could have called. :-)

I am slow at texting as well and my phone sucks for that purpose and all other purposes as well. I hate my phone. It's an LG Chocolate. But Mrs TWC has a full keyboard on hers.

I agree with your phone etiquette.

CF Payne drew a great sketch for Readers Digest with a boy and a girl on a first date, sitting with backs to each other, each yakking on a cell phone.........

Near as I can tell, texting seems roughly equivalent to the status updates on Facebook. The kids are constantly updating status with their friends.

The kids also share experiences with each other. For instance, Katie and Jessie text back and forth while they are both watching American Idol. They are discussing the show without being in the same room.

Chatelaine said...

Excellent phone etiquette list, Col. I agree with all of those. I can't stand it when people have their phones on the loudest, most obnoxious ringer ever (CAPTAIN!) and it goes blasting off in a restaurant. (I've fixed him on that one, though ;-)

I text a little, and I'm pretty good at it, but I'm nowhere near as quick as the teen crowd. Besides, I'd rather actually speak for long conversations. Texting is for quick messages, like, "running there ten after".

Great book. Y'all will appreciate it.

That Jerk on the Cell Phone

TWC said...

Talk on the phone!

What the hell?

I used to be a teen age girl but now I avoid talking on the phone like the plague.

Course, if you can get me on the phone I won't shut up, which is why I don't call anyone.

Chatelaine said...

I'm always on the phone. If it's a working day, then I've usually got about four hours of conference calls. Then add at least three or four calls a day to the Captain.

It's a good thing I work for a telecom company. I wouldn't be able to afford the bill if I didn't. Of course, that may change next week. I could be paying for my phone just like everyone else if I get laid off.