Cellphones, help or hell???  

rm_Hrd4YouAll 57M
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4/1/2005 7:17 am

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Cellphones, help or hell???

Cellphones are great aren’t they? I am addicted to mine. I do try to never answer it during a meal because I think it is rude to those I might be dining with and I never answer it after a certain time of the night... say around 5am. I do have to sleep. LOL

They’re great little tools, some call them toys but I see them as tools. You can keep your phonebook up-to-date and stay in touch with everyone you need to. You can use them in any emergency, from serious life-threatening situations to, “I’m sorry Honey, did you say Ultra MaxiThin or Maxi SuperThin? Did you want the ones with wings?” There is no limit to their uses. You can play a video game while waiting in line, you can catch-up on e-mail, I can even check my bank balance with my phone! This means that anytime day or night I can see just how broke I am!

There is one thing that bugs me about cellphones, though... Ok, say you're in your car with your "significant-other" and you have a little argument, nothing major just a disagreement. Do you start to drive a bit erratically? How about when you have a real fight? Are you still driving well? No, you drive more eratically; in direct proportion to how pissed-off you are, right? Yeah, you're shifting a bit more stiffly, braking harder, cornering tighter, running long-yellow lights, ignoring stop signs... Now, let's take this a step further... You're driving somewhere and your cell-phone rings. You answer it and it is your "partner" pissed-off about something... anything. The conversation digresses to the point of argument and what happens? Yep, you start driving more eratically; again in direct proportion to how pissed-off you are. Hell, I'd feel safer behind a drunk weaving all over the road than anywhere near a bad cellphone argument! I have seen more accidents and more close-calls involving people in the middle of conversations on cellphones than anything else! A good friend of mine, who works as an EMT, told me that cell-phones are great in emergencies but, due to over-use on frivolous calls, they cause more problems than they solve. Hands-free accessories help, but don't solve all the problems. I was standing in line and a guy behind me said, "So, how are you doing?" I turn and respond, "I'm fine, how are you?" He says, "Hang on, some asshole thinks I'm talking to him." The hands -free device does allow you to drive with more control, but if you wind up in one of "those" arguments, you're still putting yourself and everyone else on the road at risk. In an attempt to help solve the problem, I decided to get bumper stickers made that say just 9 words - "Get off the cellphone or get OFF THE ROAD!!!" Are you with me, folks? Maybe they'll help, maybe they won't, but I have to try. I have the bumperstickers available if you're interested, $2 each or 3 for $5... Like George Foreman, we're all trying to make a buck.

Cathy_Dave 55M/55F

4/1/2005 8:14 am

We have witnessed a few stupid traffic accidents due to the driver yapping on the cell phone. The best one was a couple months ago. We were behind a driver that was driving erratically. My husband changed lanes in an attempt to get around him but it wasn't safe because he was weaving back and forth across the lanes........ we finally had a chance to get past him.... I looked over as we pulled up beside him and I couldn't believe it ..... the guy was on the phone ..... digging through his brief case on the passenger seat ..... and reading the papers to who was ever on the phone ..... We saw this just as the guy weaved over and slammed into the back of a parked car ...... what a fucking idiot.

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