No doubt a shocking ( if not debilitating ) thought for the technologically-connected generation of today who's never more than a few inches ( seconds? ) away from the closest gadget-gizmo that effectively links them to the rest of the wired world.
To my surprise it felt as if I was missing a limb! Being without my cell certainly left me thinking. Even a certified techno-himbo like me felt the keen loss! No doubt a bona-fide techie-geek would have felt as if his eternal soul had gone missing!
Astonishing isn't it how much we rely on our lil cellphones and blackberrys? What a virtual crutch it has become! Pampered tweens these days wouldn't be able to live without a cell attached to their ear - and yet it had me thinking back to those days when my classmates and I didn't actually have any cellphones to speak of. Yeah, it was those early halcyon days when cells actually came in briefcases, were just about the size of a football and cost more than half a lifetime's salary.
And the connection sucked.
You'd probably have to lean out of a window on the 14th storey of a building just to get a buzz.
Makes me wonder how we actually kept up with appointments! With our reliance on being connected these days, I think we actually have become a little fast and loose with setting the time and place - since it's easy enough to text someone with the arrangement details later.
So you can imagine how my ISO ( InSignificant Other natch ) felt when I got disconnected ( since we'd actually made tentative plans to meet ). Something tells me he wasn't amused by the story at all.
My ISO : Where the hell were you? I couldn't get you.
Paul : Sorry. Guess what. There was no line. Somehow I was disconnected for a while.
My ISO : WTF! #%$#@*@!!
Paul : So I figure reminiscing about those days when we didn't have phones would be pointless?
Some guys just don't appreciate the simple things in life :)