Monday, April 16, 2012

A Tale of Two Phones

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . we had everything before us, we had nothing before us. . . .
--Charles Dickens
   A Tale of Two Cities

My phone still looks the same. The same little love scratch is still on the screen. But no one is home. It's a shell of its former self. I buried it in my sock drawer.

Mr. Sam Sung went belly up, right on my desk. Not even time for last rites. At least he went quietly instead of blowing up or catching fire. And when I selected a replacement, the folks at the phone store were able to retrieve my messages and phone book and transfer them to New Phone.

Never mind that it took me an hour later that night to figure out why New Phone didn't ring. And how to get beyond the locked screen that said it was unlocked. And add my own images. An hour I could have spent reading. Or answering some of the email in my inbox.

But all of that is now old history. New Phone and I are playing well together. And I hope we have a long and happy relationship.

So I was wondering how I could work this story into a blog post by relating it to something else - like the writing life or writing craft or promotion or any of those other things we deal with on a daily basis.

And I came up empty.

So this one has to stand on its own, regardless of Mr. Dickens' sage words.

Anyone want to buy a slightly abused used phone shell?

Happy Monday!

Update: After I wrote this post, Live-In Handyman surprised me with a mini-vacation. So I'm not really here. I will be around between now and Wednesday, but not too much. See you later in the week!

19 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Still one of the few without a cell phone. Enjoy your vacation!

JoLynne Lyon said...

I had to smile at your reaction after you trouble-shot your phone. I've been having Internet trouble, and that's always my first thought: I could be using this time to write or read! Glad your new friend is on his feet.

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm in Alex's camp. I ditched the cell phone a couple years ago. Too many people calling me. I'm not a telephone kinda guy.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Enjoy your getaway and your new phone. :)

Joanne said...

I'm sure that by now, you and your New Phone are the best of friends :)

Enjoy your getaway ...

LR said...

Ooh have a great mini-vacation!

Talli Roland said...

Poor Sam...

I love my mobile, but I turn it off when I don't want to be bothered.

I can't believe Alex doesn't have one!

Karen Walker said...

I so empathize with this post. I'm a bit technophobic, but glad you and new phone are getting along well together now.
Karen

Clarissa Draper said...

I received my new Android phone about a month ago and I had new phone issues but now I love the little guy and don't know what I would do without it.

Have a great mini-vacation.

J.L. Campbell said...

Enjoy the holiday and the new phone!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

My phone and I have a insurance broker and client type relationship. It's there for emergencies.

Have a great mini-holiday and way to go, Live-in Handyman!

Shirley Wells said...

A mini-vacation? Live-in Handyman is the best. Enjoy!

I love my iPhone to bits. It has lots of apps and I can do almost everything on it. The only thing I struggle with is actually making a call. ;)

Linda Kage said...

Hope your new phone, Live-in Handyman, and you have fun on your mini!!

Julie said...

How fun, enjoy your mini-vacation!! I hope you both have a great time. :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I have a cell phone as being epiletic should I need help I have a phone.

Enjoy your vacation.

Yvonne.

Johanna Garth said...

always a little traumatic to enter into a new (cell phone) relationship.

Liza said...

Change is always hard, but it keeps the brain firing.

Tracy Jo said...

Isn't it hard to make that change. My old phone drown in the lake. So sad. I picture him down there, ringing away. :-) Have an awesome mini-vacay!

Carol Kilgore said...

Hey, guys! I'm at the beach! Loving it :)

Alex, I'm with the others who said they can't believe you don't have a cell phone. Guess what? I don't have a land line - LOL.

Later.....