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Monday, November 2, 2015

Learning to Text

Another thing I like about my phone is texting.  I didn't have a keyboard on my old phone so I didn't text.  I'm still slow but getting faster.  The pop up word choice helps as does the memory of my family names.  But I read a little paragraph some time back quoting Michelle Obama about texting with your kids. I was texting nice complete sentences.  She said no.  Kids want brief, to the point, abbreviated texts.  So I've started doing this.  Even sending emoticons instead of words at times.



I know my children all live full lives and do not want to report in every day, but a text or two seems appropriate and keeps me in the loop.



I used to complain that teenagers never talk but just type on their phones all day. Well while I was sitting at the breathing center in the nice area provided for those of us waiting on patients I heard several not so interesting phone conversations.   I also noticed that none of the people sitting near me were texting.  One lady was reading her Kindle but the rest would take turns talking on the phone.  I guess we all talked a little loud so it seemed as if one person would talk and hang up and then a new person would get on their phone and talk and hang up.



I've said it over and over, there is nothing more boring than listening to one side of a person's conversation.  And, although there is rarely anything personal or secretive in my conversations, I don't particularly want anyone to hear.  If I have to make a call I'll go to the car or the bathroom or somewhere I won't be overheard.



I know a lot of you don't let it bother you - whether people hear you or you  hear them.   And as bad as my hearing is you would think that it wouldn't bother me but apparently the normal scritchy scratcy level we talk on is the level I hear - it's just the darn TV with too low octaves that I can't hear.

Well I've said my piece.  I'm in favor of more people texting in public - not while driving - instead of talking on the phone and destroying everyone's peace and quiet.

PS - If you are the one sitting beside me talking, I won't be making any big deal of it.  I'm much to shy.



8 comments:

  1. Me too... About having to listen to other people's phone conversations... They strike me as acting as if they are so important, that they have to walk around talking a one way conversation. Something like that... Yeah, who cares, about being their not-willing audience?

    Me, I can't text. I only use the (old) cell phone, to contact my husband, when we are shopping in different parts of grocery store. Like to say I'm done, is he? LOL

    Me too on the can't hear bit!!! -sigh- Am spending so much money, having my teeth fixed, I am not considering a hearing aide.

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    1. I bought this Samsung because it had the loudest volume of all the phones I tried plus an extra volume button you can punch. I tried them all out in the store and made the other people in there help me chose the loudest! So I'm pretty happy with that aspect. My daughter drug me kicking and screaming into the new age and I think I kind of like it. But, don't tell her,

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  2. i hate talking on the phone. i was a reservations and tourist information call center manager for 20 years.
    i don't care if i ever see another phone really!
    you can't go anywhere today that you don't see someone with a phone to their ear. or at their thumbs.
    although... i'm thinking they're thinking you're a VERY COOL mother and grandmother to be texting with them! and you are!

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  3. Tammy, I know what you mean. I worked in a law office and talked to clients on the phone all day for 40 years. I'm just now getting where I want to talk to someone on the phone and that is usually because I am home alone in my retirement. However, if I've been out running chores, which I seem to stack them all up, I come home exhausted and just want to be alone. So texting is being alone and being friendly at the same time. Hahaha

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    1. Oh dear, I don't like texting and I don't talk on my cell phone in public. I'm considering getting rid of my cell phone altogether. I'm just so tired of all this technology and this whole abbreviated sentence stuff. I'm a fuddy-duddy, Barbara. Yes, I am. :(

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  4. I never thought of texting before. But it drives me crazy when people are always on their phones yakking away. What do they have to say that's so important that it can't wait until they get home? I was at an auction a few weeks back and the auctioneer was getting angry because there were so many people on their phones they were drowning him out. Several times he had to stop and ask everyone to go farther away if they wanted to talk. I just have a pay-as-you-go low-tech phone for emergencies. Wish cell phones would have been around when my kids were in school. It would have been a lot easier to keep tabs on them!


    Jane

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  5. As I posted once on my blog a young woman who decided to sit on the lowest shelf in a Target aisle where I was shopping. She was talking to a friend about her intimate date. I heard things that sounded like a porn. Then a woman with a child in her cart in this same aisle asked her to go elsewhere to speak about this topic. she gave the mom the finger. My mouth dropped open. But instead of trying to reason with an unreasonable person I got the manager. He came around the one side and heard her as she said the phrase, "blow job" and he asked her to leave. next thing i saw security and the manager holding her elbow and escorting her out. That for some reason gave me hope. Not of that generation, but, of all of use getting sick of people talking loudly in public!

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    1. I'm so glad you did that. If I wanted to hear about somebody's sex life I could probably find all the details I wanted on the porn sites, I used to ride the city bus (special buses straight to down town). And often this man was on my bus, and while we were riding he would call his secretary get all his calls and emails. Tell her how to respond to each one, etc. I really wanted to punch him especially since I usually didn't have my coffee until I got to the office.

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