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10 March 2011 @ 06:19 am
Did you get my text?  
If you've ever asked me this question, you know what my answer is.

No. No, dear heart, I did in fact NOT get your text.

I don't get texts.

*waves my hands at the collective gasps*

Nolan didn't sign us up for a text plan. He doesn't think it's going to catch on.

... I'll wait here while you make flabbergasted/hysterical noises.

That's what I tell people, anyway. Because they just don't understand WHY I don't have texting on my phone. Or internet access. Heck, right now, since I lost my fancy schmancy POS Blackberry (I couldn't ever hear that thing RING), I don't even have more than one ringtone.

I was without a phone for half of January and most of February, in fact. I lost my phone (in the HOUSE, of all places, and then I let the battery die before I could CALL it to find it) and at first I was irritated beyond belief. Not having a phone at my disposal whenever I had the whim to place a call was maddening. Spoiled, rotten brat, right here. *waves*

Then I got to LIKE it. I'm enough of a misanthrope that I LIKE being unreachable. I enjoy retreating into my cave and knowing that I'm cocooned until I do something to change that fact. It's dangerous, though. That isolation. But I digress.

Now that I have a replacement phone (a GO phone. It's the AT&T disposable model), I'm reachable, again. It doesn't have any cool features, but people can call (and I can hear the bloody thing RING). I can't call anyone, though. Why, you ask? Because of modern technology, no one has to remember phone numbers, anymore. I had every phone number of anyone who'd ever called my cell programmed into that little puppy that got lost, and never thought to write any of them down anywhere.

So when the phone doesn't ring, folks, it's me. I don't know your number. Sorry. I really am. No, honestly. I might like to call you, but it's not in the cards.

Speaking of modern technology, I'm not convinced that making everything so easily accessible and digital isn't Big Brother's way of turning our minds to collective mush. On purpose. But that might be the paranoia, talking.

In any case, some of you might be wondering, "Carrie? You have a credit card and a car. Why don't you go down to the store and get yourself a phone with some action on it?"

Because quite frankly, it isn't worth the litter of kittens that Nolan would have to do it. The noise. The screeching. The eyes rolled back into my head lectures about how it isn't necessary and how it's money we don't need to spend.

And we don't. Not really. But I remember him saying something similar back in 1999 about getting a computer. And email. We didn't need it.

Now, however, a good portion of his business is done online. So now it's just a waiting game, really. And I'm patient, baby. I'm more patient than you can imagine. I'm going to outlast him, by golly, and in August, when we get a new phone plan, I'm going to have worn him down to so stumpy a nub that he'll be begging ME to get the texting plan.

Those of you who know him can stop laughing now.

But seriously, folks. It you ask me the title question, "Did you get my text?" in August, I can answer differently.

I won't, though. My answer will remain the same, because chances are, I won't be able to find my phone.
I feel:: goodgood
maureen: BV - Faith smilemaureen on March 10th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Up until last year when I caved, I used to answer the 'WHY don't you text?" question with my age. ("Because I'm 35.") Even now, I maybe send 3 a mont and they sound like this:

Running late.

What is your ETA?

So on. I do not believe in having CONVERSATIONS via text. Of course, I violently hate instant messaging, which is the text's evil cousin. I've IM'd maybe three times in my life...

I love being out of contact range. I love the comfort of the inaccessible cocoon.

Nolan has the right idea.

Edited at 2011-03-10 01:52 pm (UTC)
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on March 11th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
No. No conversations via text. That's what the phone, or even actually dragging your rear end over to someone in person is for.

That's Nolan's major problem with texting - is that it's taking away human contact.

(I'm all for that... but he likes the people.)
stardust_20stardust_20 on March 10th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
I have only a bare bones phone myself. No texting, no call waiting, no messages. Just plain calling. I use it only for emergencies -- I can probably count the number of times I've used it since I got it (about a year ago) on one hand. I think texting definitely does have some advantages now and then but I despise the fact that some people feel they have to text incessantly and so I rail against that and don't do it at all.

I too prefer being unreachable. Anyone who wants to get a hold of me knows my home number and can leave a message. Nothing is ever THAT urgent that I need a phone on my person at all times. And having constant internet access? Come on folks, if you can't live without internet for a few minutes here and there, you NEED to get a real life. Twitter is banal and we all have computers at home and work -- why do we need to have internet and texting in the car (which is illegal here by the way) and on the bus, and in the grocery store ... you get my point.

But that's just me and my old age grumpiness talking I think. :)
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on March 11th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
You know, I don't use mine all that much, either.

I would if it did more, but that's neither here nor there at the moment.

We've earned the right to be grumpy!
tracyj23tracyj23 on March 12th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Good thing. Got serious PMS today so I'm feeling VERY grumpy.
Ayla: Intriguedabitofayla on March 10th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
I have StraightTalk. One ringtone. No fancy pants phone. It gets the job done. I like it. $45 a month for unlimited everything, and even then, I don't use the internet much. I don't text that much anymore either.

You know, I absolutely loved the cruise. No TV, no signal, no internet. I was in heaven.
Carrie Leigh: kill off characherscarrie_leigh on March 11th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
That does have its place, doesn't it? Good times.
lovedbygod2lovedbygod2 on March 11th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
Nolan didn't sign us up for a text plan. He doesn't think it's going to catch on.

Carrie Leigh: bad examplecarrie_leigh on March 11th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)

My husband. Once he digs his heels in, they stay dug.
dragonsangel68: Ewan You Know You Want Todragonsangel68 on March 11th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
The noise. The screeching. The eyes rolled back into my head lectures about how it isn't necessary and how it's money we don't need to spend.

I got all of that when I announced I wanted an IPhone *g* And after all of that, hubby drove me to the shop and bought me one, but I still use it as a basic phone (no internet, although I can if I want) and the only people I text are my kids (usually replying to their messages, because they're teenagers and can all text at a million miles an hour with one finger while they're doing something else).
Carrie Leigh: Lead me not into temptationcarrie_leigh on March 11th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
He promises that it's coming. In August. We shall see.

And, yeah! No way I can text as fast as I can type - although I'd warrant I'm better at typing than most teens.

The grammar that comes with texting... drives me insane.
dragonsangel68: SPAG Commasdragonsangel68 on March 14th, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)

I'm the same! Give me a proper keyboard and I'll touch type at a million miles an hour for anyone, but a phone... my fingers seem to trip over themselves all the time *g*

The grammar? What grammar? I think teenagers have invented their own language so that anyone over a certain age can't understand what their on about ;)