Mobile phones give us tremendous freedom. No more waiting by the phone or frantically leaving messages on somebody’s answering machine1. No more waiting in line for a pay phone2…only to discover you’re out of coins and nobody has change for a dollar. No more slogging along the side of a highway in the rain, looking for a callbox3. No more being chained to your desk.
Of course, being able to take calls anywhere has some drawbacks. Folks (including clients, bosses and
nagging relatives) now often expect 24-7 availability.
And then there are those folks who are willing to take calls anytime, anywhere…
And it’s probably more common than you’d like to think.
Where do you draw the line on appropriate phone venues?
Have you ever suspected the person on the other end of the call is somewhere better left unimagined? And what do you do if you’re pretty sure they are?
Bonus question…do you ever answer the phone or make calls from places or in situations that might make others a little squeamish?
BACK TO POST 1 I know somebody out there is saying “what’s an answering machine.” And that just makes me feel old.
BACK TO POST 2 Yeah, payphones. Another relic of a bygone era. My kids think they’re a myth. Along with phone that had cords.
BACK TO POST 3 I still see these occasionally. Which seems like a really good idea for any of those roads with zero cell reception and a zillion miles to civilization.
BACK TO POST a Many thanks to TypePad versus WordPress for reminding me how to make working footnotes in a blog post. The last time I used them was in my House of Leaves post. Come to think of it, I probably used the same site to learn how to do them in the first place.