I feel a little sad sometimes for the dinosaurs that the march of technology leave behind.
But this post isn't just a little eulogy for the ol' phone booth. It's also devoted to some very strange cellphone etiquette that I cannot understand.
First up, you driving with that cell phone jammed to your head. Yes I know that's what you're doing, in fact I can tell from three or four cars back by the way you slow down, suddenly speed up and swerve a bit. Unless you are talking someone through a life saving operation or are completely lost and about to burst into tears put the damn thing down. There is no way that little bit of information about what your favorite type of lettuce is (romaine by the way) is more important than that pedestrian you could smoosh in the crosswalk.
Second, you that teenager who I am pretty sure had her cell phone glued to her ear. When you are making a purchase at a store that employee you are treating like an amoebae is not in fact a robot attached to a cash register but a real person. Hang up the phone, or at least put it down so you can look your salesperson in the damn eye. After all if the economy keeps on this track, you may be thanking your lucky stars soon for having that robot's job.
Maybe it's my introverted roots showing but I cannot understand why a phone call trumps a person right in front of you every time? It's gotten so bad now we have "dating tips" that tell you to turn your damn phone off, or at least on silent so you can give your date your full attention instead of a half hearted "Uh huh, that's nice. Ooh I just got a text from Daryl. He doesn't think this date is going very well."
I've never understood why I am expected to drop everything I am doing and rush to the phone as soon as it starts to jingle; that the electronic attachment is more special than the doldrums of my life. If I am elbow deep in macaroni or having a nice conversation with an old friend or even playing with a 4 year old unless I am expecting a call or worry it's an emergency I just ignore the ring and keep living my life.
After all, they can always leave a message or you can call them back at your own convenience.