Tuesday: List and Cell Phones

April 29, 2008 at 8:03 am 6 comments

  • 2.  Sand Drywall
  • 3.  Prime Drywall
  • 4.  Paint some trim
  • 5.  Paint Store
  • 1.  Take photos of hardwood samples and return to supply Store
  • 6.  Grocery:  Potatoes
  • 5.  Supper:  Pork Chops (get out of freezer)
  • 7.  Study:  Eeek.  Very behind.
  • 8.  Walk Dog: Not likely
  • 9.  Clean dog business off the deck 
  • 10.  Laundry (fold whites, finish darks)

Alrighty, so there’s my dayplanner for today, with some priority numbers added for me. 

On Cell Phones and AT&T:

Called the cell phone store yesterday.  Geez.  They kill me.  You can’t even buy “just a phone” anymore?  I’m sorry, but I am not sending my middle school child to school with a phone that takes pictures and video…that’s just asking for a slappin’.  He MAY get my old one.  If it dies, sorry ’bout his luck.  And no…there will be no texting.  And I will not be “upgrading to the media package” for another $30.00 a month to get the cool BlackJack I was eye-ing.  And I doubt I’ll do email on a regular phone.  I really don’t want my email when I’m out and about at this point anyway. 

So…there you go.  I MAY upgrade to a Pink Motorola with an MP3 player and try to find a battery for mine.  And they have a BOGO deal right now where you can add a line and get one for free.  I wonder if I can get it and not activate it in case something happens to mine?  Hmmmm.  Probably not. 

I asked about the top two phones for reception for The Hub.  One was $180 over the plan…another was $80.00.  He had a Nokia YEARS ago that got better reception than any we have carried since…and he’s still using it despite their avid attempts to get him to upgrade.  So, now you have to pay more for the plan and more for the phone, and still get worse reception.  We seriously need some competition in this area.  This is nuts.  It’s what you call the power of the monopoly.  I can’t figure out why about the time we got some good competition in the phone businesses, the gov lifted the restrictions. 

 

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  • 1. Cindy  |  April 29, 2008 at 8:32 am

    I almost hate the whole cell phone thing anyway. Yes, it is very convenient to have one so that you are accessible all the time. Yes it is very INconvient to have one so that you are accessible all the time. I hate to see a driver in their car going down the road with a cell phone at their ear. There is no way that their attention isn’t at least somewhat divided. I especially hate to see a teenager driving down the road with a cell phone at their ear. Their attention is divided enough as it is.

    I found it to be very invasive to be interviewing a client, and their cell phone rings a dozen times. I refuse to accept all of the most urgent calls when I am working with an individual and it would be nice to have the same at their end.

    Also, the cost can be astronomical. It isn’t enough now just to be able to make a phone call home when you run out of gas. You have to be texting—another distraction, you have to have constant music, another distraction. Many have access to the internet through their phones—-access which is very difficult for a parent to monitor. Not to mention the fact that WHO they are talking to is even more difficult to keep tabs on. Add a camera to the contraption and they have the potitional to have easy access to porn—-or porn wannabes like young teenagers immulating the superstars they see on television. Trust me, this happens more than we want to think–remember I am the mom of two teenage boys and have seen first hand some of the stuff.

    My kids first cell phone was a simple one with prepaid minutes—for true need situations. I wish we were back at that place…..but I suppose its considered to be progress.

    So much for my soap box lecture. 🙂

    Cindy

  • 2. Susan  |  April 29, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I agree with lots of what Cindy said but I LOVE having my cellphone to be able to talk with Emily at WKU anytime I want without having to pay astronomical long distance phone bill! My long distance bill would have been HUGE for sure. My sister got her daughter one of the Firefly phones that has limited numbers they can call. Emily’s first phone was also a prepaid.

  • 3. Kim  |  April 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Madison has told me that the ONLY thing she wants for her b-day in August is a cell phone…UGGGGHHHHH!!!!! Yes, she is going to middle school and will be farther away from me BUT does she really need a cell phone. My instict says NO WAY. Her reply…”But MOOOOOMMMMMMM…I will be the only one in middle school without a phone.” Sometimes I feel so mean but come on…do the teachers really let them use the phones during school hours????? I need to know these things. It’s not like she would be going somewhere without an adult who probably has a phone and she can always borrow one from all the other kids who have them…right? What to do, what to do. I don’t need this kind of stress.

  • 4. Kim  |  April 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Madison has told me that the ONLY thing she wants for her b-day in August is a cell phone…UGGGGHHHHH!!!!! Yes, she is going to middle school and will be farther away from me BUT does she really need a cell phone. My instict says NO WAY. Her reply…”But MOOOOOMMMMMMM…I will be the only one in middle school without a phone.” Sometimes I feel so mean but come on…do the teachers really let them use the phones during school hours????? I need to know these things. It’s not like she would be going somewhere without an adult who probably has a phone and she can always borrow one from all the other kids who have them…right? What to do, what to do. I don’t need this kind of stress.

  • 5. ~E  |  April 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    To answer Kim’s question above, middle school teachers do not allow cell phone use during school hours. In fact, students will get in trouble if they are caught using their phone or if their phone rings. We purchased a phone for my son just before middle school and I must say it has come in handy. If I am running a few minutes late to pick him up in the afternoons, I call him. I feel a little more comfortable letting him browse in the game store at the mall while I am in another store because I know we can call one another. I was not in favor of him having one at first, but I like being able to get in touch with him when I want to. The thing that bothers me is that there seems to be a lot of pressure to have the lastest and best phone. Personally, I like having a cell phone for emergency purposes only. If you call my home phone and I am not at home, leave me a message. I will call you when I get back. If I am out of the house, I am obviously busy or enjoying time with my family. And Cindy is right — the number of people who drive while talking is scary!

  • 6. graceisenough  |  April 29, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    M got a cellphone when she was in the 6th grade (middle school) and as much as we were against it, it has taught her responsibility. And, I agree with Maggie, there ought to be a law about phone monolopies!

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