Friday, July 07, 2006

Cyborgs?

You know how there are things that just kind of drive you crazy for no real reason outside of they drive you crazy?

I'm standing in line at the super big box store (buying a Bissell steam cleaner for my carpet, long story) and for the umpteenth time I see someone in line ahead of me, apparently a young mom, with one of those stupid phone things stuck in her ear. And it occurs to me, not for the first time, just how darn stupid that looks. For the life of me, everytime I see someone with one of those phone things clipped around their ear I think they're a refugee from a really bad Star Trek episode. It looks, well, stupid.

And really, just how many of us really, really need to be so attached to our telephone that we have to walk around with some goofy little metal contraption hanging off our ear? Are there really that many people out there that these people have to talk to that they have to hang a phone off their ear just so they won't miss a single phone call? Not to mention the fact that when they're talking, they look like they're missing a couple of sandwiches out of the picnic basket.

I don't know about you, but even though I do carry my phone with me (I'm paranoid about vehicle breakdowns) I actually enjoy the fact that I can get away from people simply by turning it off (which I've been known to do). I like my solitude at times, and I certainly don't want to be tied to a telephone.

And goodness knows, I have enough bad hair days without having to hang a stupid metal gadget from my head....

8 comments:

happychyck said...

Glad to know that I'm not the only one who thinks those things look goofy. Either the Signals or Wireless catalog has this thing that you can attach to your phone that looks like the old fashioned telephone reciever with a cord. (Think big and black.) I'm soooooo wanting to get that!

CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

"...they look like they're missing a couple of sandwiches out of the picnic basket."

Absolutely hilarious description! Thanks for the great laugh!

Robin in Ohio said...

Yeah, they do look pretty stupid! The first time I saw one, I thought it was some kind of new hearing aid! Then I realized it was a cell phone thingy.

CardinalTeacher said...

AMEN!!!!

Leazwell said...

I can't even believe you beat me to this topic. I've been meaning to post on this exact subject for weeks! And the term cyborg - I even downloaded a picture of one to accompany the post. Ugh, honestly, it seems people will not be happy until they have fused with their electronics. There is something very disturbing about these people, not to mention they appear so needy.

rbarr said...

Amen, sister!! I teach at a university in the southeast and we have, mostly male, students everywhere with that gadget on their ears --- cool dudes!! if only they knew how silly they look. Guess they are waiting for that perfect dudet to call..;>)

Kat said...

Get ready to pick your jaw up off the floor....I don't even own a cell phone! I can't stomach the thought of being "On call" 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Anonymous said...

No cell phone here either. You want me, you gotta wait.

Torch-Light.