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Who Can It Be Now?

14 Nov

Remember hearing the phone ring, picking it up and then saying hello… without already knowing who was on the other end? If you do then you are probably close to my age. Those were the days when answering the phone was like going on a mini-adventure.

Could this be for me? Is it the call I have been expecting? Will it be good news? Bad news? A friend? Family? Business? Pleasure? Who can it be now?

Was it good to have a ringing phone be the beginning of an adventure?

Or is it better when you already know who is on the other end before you pick it up…or decide to let it keep ringing.

Once upon a time when your phone rang you could always pretend that you weren’t home…now when your cell phone rings, where else could you be? Today, the advent of cell phones has made it very hard for children (with cell phones) to avoid their parents which I suppose is good for the parents but not so good for the adventurous teen.

And of course texting is like creating a carbon copy (remember those?) of your message for later proof that you tried to reach that certain someone when they were pretending to be “out of touch”…because pretending is exactly what they were doing now wasn’t it?

And of course let’s not forget that cameras are now on every corner and street light and in every store and on your phone too, so Soon there will be no hiding from anyone at any time…unless your future plans include living on that reservation in Brave New World.

Once upon a time the adventure was in not knowing who could be on the other end of that line.

In the not too distant future the adventure will be in trying to remain a mystery yourself…

 

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