I wonder at times how we lived without cell phones. When we travel we can keep in touch at home throughout the trip. It helps relieve the worry when family members don't arrive at their destination as planned.
I was talking to my sister and she remembered when her son left to go to Texas on his first trip alone. Every time he stopped for gas or to eat, he would find a pay phone and call home. It was inconveient but it was the only way to stay in contact.
My grandparents lived through the depression and were very conservative. They would visit us in Arkansas every summer the first two weeks in July. I can remember well when they left, Grandma would always tell us when she got home, she would call collect and ask for herself. We were to tell the operator she was not here. It was her way of letting us know she got home safely and she did not have to pay for a long distance phone call. After all, she had just left us so she probably did not have anything more to say.
Back to my cell phone story. I recently found out how to get along without my cell phone. We were visiting my sister in Florida and I decided to do laundry before we came home. I discovered too late I had left my phone in my pocket.
I retrieved my phone after the wash cycle. It was good and soaked. Someone told me to pack it in a bag of rice to pull out the moisture.
I tried it and sure enough after two days in rice, it did seem to dry out. I actually managed to get one call in -- from my husband -- but nothing comes up on the screen. After the one contact, it seemed to be gone forever.
I have gone several days without my cell phone and it has been difficult. I don't know how many times I thought of someone I needed to call or started looking for my phone in a panic.
Another worry is all of my numbers. I hope they can be retrieved. As of this writing, I have not had time to go to the store and see what can be done.
Due to the push button cell phones, I don't even try to remember phone numbers anymore. I have had many people ask me if I got their text. Folks, I am sorry but I have been phoneless for five days so far.
I think I will start keeping a written list of all of phone number contacts. I should have been doing that all along. Anyone who knows me knows how much emphasis I put on lists.
I have been saying for a long time I need to upgrade. I have had some friends make fun of my flip phone. This may be my chance. I may have to. My phone may be completely obselete.
Seriously, I really do like my flip phone.
One of the most used tasks for my cell phone is finding my husband when we are shopping. I can remember before cell phones I would go up one aisle and then another looking for him when I was finished shopping. It seemed he was never where I thought he would be or we would just miss each other. We spent half of our shopping time looking for each other.
As I have said many times, I am not good with change but I am considering the upgrade if my pocketbook can afford it.
One reason I would like to upgrade is for the good pictures people take with their phones. In my wildest growing up dreams I would have never thought of phones would take the place of dictionaries, encyclopedias, tape recorders, cameras, calculators, maps, calendars and alarm clocks. In addition people can play video games, face chat, watch movies, email, and much more on today's cell phones.
If I do upgrade, one of the selling factors will be “waterproof" and the ability to withstand the spin cycle.
I have learned my lesson again – check your pockets before you do laundry. I have washed pens, money and lots of other things left in my pockets but this was a first for my phone. Hopefully, it will be my last.