These days it seems everyone gets excited about what kind of cell phone they have or want to have. There are so many to choose from. Flip phones, ones that slide, ones that fold, some with keypads, or no key “pads”, ones that make you coffee in the morning while also shaving your legs. Lots of cell phones.
I blame Iphone for the craziness, but maybe that’s not fair anymore because it seems the phones evolve on a daily basis. Now there are quite a few more that look just like an Iphone.
What do I have? I have a cheap and now old Nokia phone. It doesn’t fold or flip or do cartwheels. I bought it at *gasp* Walmart. Actually I didn’t even pay for the phone itself. It was free. I paid for my first 100 minutes. It’s a pay-as-you-go phone. If I talk for a minute, I paid for that minute. It doesn’t matter if it’s nights, weekends or Hanukah. It’s never free.
I can get text messages. They’re not free either.
I can’t get pictures or video. I also can’t take pictures. I think it’s fun when you ask about someone’s child or their pet and they whip out their phone and show you an entire gallery of Kodak moments. It reminds me of seeing the crowds on the sidelines at an awards show and everyone is thrusting their phones at the celebrity faces. I have a cute teddy bear graphic as my screen wallpaper. That’s the only picture I can share with my friends from my phone.
I don’t like to carry it around in my pocket because my pants aren’t baggy enough. I refuse to get one of those clip on holsters because they remind me of pocket protectors. It’s a stigma thing. I would say dissing the holster is a fashion thing, but it seems fashionable today to have a mod cell phone and to be on it all the time.
Usually my phone is sitting in the cup holder in my car. It also spends a lot of time on the bottom of my purse. Frequently it has a dead battery.
The new cell phones don’t excite me. I like my Nokia and will probably use it until the provider tells me it’s obsolete. When I find something that works and does exactly what I need for it to do I tend to stay loyal.
I think life is a lot like that. Some folks will always be on the outer edge dreaming and creating. And some folks will sit back and marvel at the ingenuity and tenacity of their fellow man and just be happy and content to be a part of the human condition.
Yeah, I like that some of my friends have the most amazing cell phones made. It means they’ll call my old Nokia and the only thing that will matter to them is that I say “hello”.