Thursday, April 2, 2009

Give Away Ten A Day - Day Eleven

While we forge on with decluttering our homes, let me ask you a question. Why do people take issue with other people talking on their cell phones in public? I get that sometimes people speak a little louder, but is it really such a criminal act?

Here's what happened to me. I was talking on my cell at the nail salon. While I was drying, I was laughing with a girlfriend on my phone when a woman came over to me, tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to please not speak on my phone in this public place. I was embarrassed and immediately said good-bye. As I sat there, still red having been reprimanded, I suddenly noticed the ladies getting pedicures laughing and talking, loudly. The woman giving a manicure was talking in Vietnamese with the volume up, and the woman who asked me not to talk on my phone was chit-chatting away with her friend.

Now that my nails were dry, I walked over to her and said, "Excuse me, I'm not upset but I need to ask you something. Why is it any different that I was happily talking with someone not physically here and that bothers you, but all the noise going on between people who are here doesn't? Would you have asked me not to speak with my friend if she were sitting next to me?" She suddenly was the one wearing the red face and several, "Uh, uh, uh's" were coming from her mouth. I softly put my hand on her arm and said, "I just find this an interesting phenomenon in our society that talking on the cell phone is so bad, but laughing and conversing with the people you are with, or with the people serving you is just fine."

Ultimately, she said she was sorry and hadn't thought of it like that. I think we are living a double standard. We chastise the immediate need to answer cell phones, talk while we drive, walk, cook, you name it, text, and log on to social media web sites. But the reality is, more of us than not are plugged in. I'm the first person to say, "Get present. Be with the people you are with." But I can also say there are times being on the phone with Diana, Lisa, Mary, or Julie is who I want to be with. Because we live so far away from each other, all we have is technology...and I'm so glad we do! What do you think about this?

The end of the maternity clothes:
  1. Blue shorts
  2. Black shorts
  3. Blue Capris
  4. Pink top
  5. Blue flower top
  6. Jeans
  7. Jeans
  8. Bra
  9. Bra
  10. Jeans


Tania Reynaert said...

I think your house must be empty empty empty! wow, an echo.

I personally am not bothered by people on cells speaking a little above the normal level.

I'm more bothered by 2 people talking way above the normal level when they are only three feet away from each other.

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness NO! I have so much fricken crap. I'm loving getting rid of it though. It's really becoming fun!