No phone

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At the end of January, I got rid of my phone, opting instead to use only my cell phone for now.  It just got to the point where I couldn’t justify spending around $150 for phones (home and two cells), especially when I hate talking on the damn thing.  I’d been thinking about making the change for a long time, but had the silliest reason to put it off.  The reason was so stupid and yet so real to me that it took probably half a year to overcome.  You see, when I got my home phone, I’d just moved out of my folks’ place and the New Westminster telephone network had just expanded to include the exchange 777.  The number that I’d been given, 604.777.****, had never been used before, not by any other person in the entire world.  That romantic idea about having a 10 digit number that had never/would never be used to identify anyone but me.  Finally, I got over it and ditched the land line.  So what if it was only because I found out that by using the line for my internet I’d retain that number as long as I kept the service?  I didn’t really give it up, I just suspended it.  Come on, people, baby steps…

So for about two months now, I’ve been going happily along, able to receive or (more often) refuse all of my phone calls from any location.  I was content and I was really in love with my phone.  It’s a few years old, but I’ve always told anyone who would listen that it is the best phone I have ever had (and I’ve had a LOT).  That was, until yesterday afternoon.  Now, I am mourning the loss of what feels like the only outlet I have to the outside world.  I never realized how attached to the phone I am.  Not for talking, but for text messaging.  Truth is, I don’t particularly like talking on the phone and I *hate* voicemail.  I’ve been known to wait days before ever listening to them.  Unless I know I need to hear some kind of news from someone in particular, I’ll just let them sit there for as long as I possibly can.  That’s not to say I won’t leave one, I totally will.  I’m just saying, if you want to get a message across, try texting me (not now, though!).

There are occasions and people with whom I enjoy a good phone conversation.  I’m just saying they’re few and far between.  As much as I love my Mom and as close as she lives to me, we don’t see each other all the time.  We probably connect for an in-depth phone call every two weeks or so.  Same with BexKelly and I get on the phone even less frequently.  Courtney and I never talk on the phone.  Aaron, on the other hand, total phone talker.  He’s on the phone to every member of his family at least a few times every week and making plans usually requires a minimum of 4-5 phone calls to hatch, confirm, re-confirm and announce actual travel being done. 

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After suffering hours of frustrating incompetency this afternoon, I’ve realized that the only way to get what I want entirely is to go through my provider instead of a kiosk and that’s going to take up to five business days to get my phone.  Unfortunately, I’m on holidays now and will be leaving town on Monday night.  If it hasn’t arrived by then, well… it’ll be Friday before I have any access to it.  I’m kind of looking forward to this hiatus.  I had to call a few people and let them know how to get in touch with me, but other than that, I am inaccessible.  Unless you count email.  And, since the thing just right out died, all the information inside is long gone.  Please resend it!

More often than not you hear folks complaining about the phone rather than singing its praises.  If everyone despises the thing and no one wants to talk on it, who the heck is using it?  Of course, I realize, I am just one of those hypocrites.  Here’s the thing though, could you live without a phone?

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11 Responses to “No phone”

  1. Evey Says:

    HEY CARLY,

    whats up. stop by my blog eh, and comment;) I feel neglected….lol. ok not really.

  2. Courtney Says:

    I’m another one who gripes about my phone and I like to boast about how I don’t need it, but when it comes down to it- I’d be lost without it.

    That’s happened before actually… when I lived in Port Moody my cell phone got cut off (yeah, you do have to pay that particular bill, apparently) and we had no landline. Cassidy and Derek would be gone at work and I would be, literally, cut off from the world. I didn’t even have internet then. If an emergency had happened… man, I would have been toast.

    So I hate it, but I need it. Okay, I don’t need it. I like it more than I care to admit, I think!

  3. Erin Says:

    I did the same thing – I finally got rid of my home phone too. It was costing almost $50.00 a month and yet it sat there, never ringing for days and days on end. I did the right thing and put it in phone heaven 🙂

  4. dawnmarie Says:

    I love the phone. I went through a phone talking phase when I was 13, and it’s still going strong. I love it. I call JoAnna on my way home from work everyday (yes, I talk on the phone while I drive, no accidents yet, no judgement, please). I also talk to Nick every night right before I go to sleep. I love the phone. I’d go insane without it.

    I hate voicemail too, I hate leaving it, and I hate checking it. If I see that you’ve called, chances are, I’ll just call you back and not listen to the message.

    And for God’s sake, don’t text me! If it’s not important enough for a phone call, it’s probably not important! HATE texting. With the exception of baseball game score updates while I’m in class. And this is practically it’s own post, sorry.

  5. SherBears Says:

    Oh God, Carly. I could live without a phone. In fact, I have. I moved out of my parents house (the first time) in 1995. I didn’t have my first phone until 1998. I loved it. My mom hated it.

    Of course, this is the same mother who has a cell phone, and only a cell phone, that’s only turned on when she needs it. And she can’t figure out how to access her voicemail so there’s no point in leaving her a message.

    My sister Kim can’t live without a phone. She is on the damn thing every waking minute. She calls people for no reason. Really!

    For me, if it takes longer than 2 minutes, that’s too long. Get in the car and go have coffee with that person. Or better yet, send an email. But that’s just me.

  6. Grady Says:

    I am one of those people who only has a cell phone also. I ditched my landline about 2 years ago as the Cell network in all the places I go is finally acceptable.

    Anyway, my cell phone is always on or near me and I tend to fall in the category of 5 calls to make plans too. I don’t really chat all that much on the phone but I do use it very frequently. Could I live without out it? I could live without it for about 48 hours without feeling totally out of touch.

    I will admit that not having it for an extended period of time (3-5 hours) actually feels kind of nice. I just don’t like to be out or reach for very long.

    Being nostalic and all, I can remember making fun of people who had cell phones because they thought they were so important. Now you are wierd if you dont have one…

    And talking about cool phone numbers I had one once (xxx) 444-0555. How is that for easy to remember?

  7. dawnmarie Says:

    OMGosh! HOw could I forget? My old landline phone number, before I gave it up, was 952-890-8739

    Oh yes, 890-8SEX.

  8. Mindy Wilson Says:

    I decided long ago…I do not want a cell phone. There, I have now told the world right here on Carly’s blog. I will not have a cell phone. I don’t need it. I won’t buy one so I’ll never yell at it nor drive while yacking, etc. My calls won’t get dropped….I think I’ll buy some ‘dorable shoes instead! Then I’ll talk to my feet, telling them how cute they are!

    Living without a phone could be done but I don’t want to do that either.

  9. Say Rah! Says:

    i hate the phone, but like others have said, it’s sort of a necessity in the world today.

    i much prefer e-mail, IM and texting. the phone is for short, purposeful reasons only.

  10. rocketstar Says:

    The only thing I ever worry about is some horrible “home invasion” where my phone is dead and I can’t call the police…

    But that will never happen… land line, no more.

  11. kelly Says:

    I could live without my cell phone for sure – but I’d be out of a job.
    I’m moving in two weeks and of course had to go through the whole “should I/shouldn’t I?” thing with the land-line but I decided I’ll keep it for now because I have a bad habit of NOT charging the cell phone and having the battery die on me frequently.

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