Friday Morning – Get The Message?
Who would have ever thunk that I would start "texting"? That's something that teenagers do in order to maintain their 24-hour conversations with their best-friend-of-the-month, or to receive answers to test questions in the classroom. When they get a little older they use it to maintain their #1 standing as the age demographic with the highest auto accident rate every year.
With the exception of a few who can't foresee the hazards of walking off a cliff or tumbling into a decorative pool, adults don't normally do that stuff, do they? Well, maybe they do. I am beginning to see some advantages for us "mature" people in taking advantage of the message texting feature of our cellphones. It's kind of like the internet messaging with an added mailbox in that you can carry on a brief conversation or leave a "voice" mail without anybody having to punch in all those code numbers just to receive the message. I'm beginning to discover several little benefits like that as I get used to using it.
What got me started on this second-childhood (or the fourth-) of communicating was when a few months ago my first smartphone's planned obsolescence kicked in and it died on me. So I zipped on down to my neighborhood Verizon store and carefully picked out a new phone that had a reasonable price (a Samsung Galaxy, by the way) and while getting it set up, the salesman did a review of my service plan and compared it with the newer and more competitive plans that are available now. He found out that I could switch to an improved plan that includes unlimited, free texting and all the other goodies I was used to for a slightly lower monthly fee than I had been paying. The old plan charged me 10¢ for every text message sent and received (even if I didn't open the unsolicited advertisement), so I stayed away from it.
But that's all different now, especially since this new phone has a much easier-to-use keypad that doesn't keep hitting the letter next to the one I am aiming for. And I can justify all this by reminding myself (and you, too) that when those rare events happen that cause millions of people to try and phone home at the same time resulting in a shutdown of the cellphone circuits, that text messages will still get through because they require a tiny fraction of the bandwidth that a voice call requires. In this digital age we cannot even think about having to wait an hour or two before passing along any innocuous message to somebody who is driving their car.
Before we start driving our firetrucks and ambulances, we'd better get them checked out now. As soon as the fresh pot is ready at the Bunn-O-Matic, I'll text you and let you know. See you back in the day room in a little while.
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