New Castle News

December 7, 2013

Cell phone technology leaves a lot to desire

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

The first words spoken by Alexander Graham Bell over a phone were “Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

He didn’t say, “Can you hear me now?”

Other words are spoken countless times by users in the United States including, “We are breaking up.” It doesn’t mean a marriage.

Most foreign countries use different technology where you can be in a subway and the call is clear even 13,000 miles away. Our system won’t change soon as Europeans and Australians laugh at us.

But if you need to know the snowfall on Pikes Peak or rate pizza stores you are in luck, just don’t try to call them.

Smart phones have drastically changed the way we interact, or more precisely, don’t interact. People are texting, see who is where, who likes us or who doesn’t or playing a game. Go to any restaurant and no one is talking to the other party, but their thumbs are pounding keyboards made for ants and there is no talking.

I love conversation but dislike it when other parties say, “I have to take this so wait a minute.” What am I, chopped liver?

Once I was in an airport pretending to get a smart phone call, talked loudly as others normally do, and others listening intently. “Charlie, so we got another body?” Silence. “You mean we are full and so is the morgue?” Silence.

“Put her into one of the old metal coffins in the basement and go to the convenience store. Pick up 10 bags of ice and pour it over her.” Silence. “Sure she’ll float, just don’t show her to the family, I will be home in five days and we’ll fix her up.”

Bell created a new way of life more than 137 years after his invention worked.

Bruce Waldman

East Maitland Lane

New Castle