Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Just a Phone Call


You know what it's like to listen to someone on a phone call? They talk. Then they pause. Then they talk again. You know you're hearing half the conversation. There are cadences to the speech. You can hear a different timbre to their voice.

You don't need to see the phone. You just kind of know by listening.

"I'm not on my phone. I'm talking to him."

Leah indicated her neighbor. This boy hadn't said a word. While Leah was clearly holding half a conversation with somebody.

I wasn't in the mood to argue. As I walked away, Leah said, "I told her I was working..." She related to her friend on the phone what had just interrupted their conversation.

It must be a generational thing. More than once I have tried to explain that they should not hold conversations on their phones in class. They always look at me like I'm being totally unreasonable.

Where's the weirdest place you've ever taken a phone call? What is something that other generations don't get about yours?

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33 comments:

  1. Hi Liz - I wish they weren't quite so ubiquitous ... listening to someone shopping and have a conversation about it - drives me demented! Enough .. cheers Hilary

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  2. My pet peeve, when I’m in a public restroom and another woman is carrying on a cell phone conversation, especially if she’s in the stall...

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  3. I haven't had any strange place phone calls, oddly enough. This is a good thing.

    Since I am the generation on the top of heap, my gr-kids are amazed that I am capable of doing much at all with a cell phone.

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    1. Because older people can't do technology? That's very ageist of them.

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  4. Awkward. Wonder why the boy didn't say anything?

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    1. Oh, he did. He backed her story *shakes head*

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  5. I can't believe she thought you fell for it. Wow. That's some next level obliviousness/self-assuredness.

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  6. I haven't really had phone calls in strange places, but I don't like talking on the phone so I don't get many calls.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. Me either. Glad I'm not the only one.

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  7. Oh wow yeah it's obvious when someone's on the phone lmao silly kiddo. I don't think I've had a call in a strange place. I've heard people in the public bathroom on calls and that just creeps me out *shrug* That's all I could think of lol

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  8. When I was a kid, my grandma couldn't understand why I was always reading. I always thought it was strange that she looked down her nose at reading when everyone I knew promoted it as being good for you. I didn't understand until I was much older that she grew up on a farm and worked hard her whole life. She never had time to enjoy the luxury of books.

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    1. That's kind of sad for her, but it makes sense in retrospect.

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  9. I love that they think they are getting over on you. I can’t think of a weird place that I’ve had to take a phone call. It’s amazing to me that I know how brief of time, relatively speaking, that cell phones were a novelty.

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  10. The weirdest place that I took a phone call was while I was taking a bath. It was a call I was expecting and needed to take. Growing up, our phones were attached to the wall and had long cords. We would never have been able to take a phone call in the bathroom.

    Ann
    https://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com/2018/04/hobbies-that-begin-with-k-blogging-from.html

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    1. Ours too. I don't think kids get how hard it was for us to get to a phone most of the time.

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  11. I suppose instituting a 'no phone' rule in class would result in chaos?

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    1. There is a no phone rule. Unfortunately, most of the kiddos ignore this. And I could then insist on confiscating... It gets to the point where I debate whether it would make things worse. In this case it would have resulted in a long argument, and I decided I didn't want to deal with it.

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  12. My husband once took a call while we were in the car (I was driving) and carried on what sounded like a conversation with any of his friends, but when he hung up I asked who it was and it was a wrong number! He played a prank on a complete stranger without it even sounding like it!

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    1. I'm not sure if I would be proud of him or worried...

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  13. I had my phone on silence but I was at a funeral. And despite ending the call I kept getting this call from a neighbour. I went to a corner and took it outside of the immediate area. It seemed someone was breaking in her house and she wanted me to help.

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  14. What I don't get are young people who text to each other when they are sitting right next to each other. Nice to know that they still know how to speak to each other on the phone. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I would rather they texted each other...

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  15. As I type my simple 'dumb' phone is at the other end of the house. ~grin~ SO always has the smart phone near. ~shakes head~ Be well!

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    1. I leave my phone a distance away many times as well.

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  16. I hate when people are on their phones in public washrooms!

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  17. Teenagers just don't seem to be able to get off their phones. I'm glad they came out in a big way after my kids were older.

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  18. I’m not surprised but it is their generation. I only use my cell phone to call home or to send a quick text. Kids look at me wondering how I could use my phone just for this. Actually adults too.

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    1. I get it. Although, I do love to check my email and visit Twitter with mine.

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  19. It's just so crazy. We never would have thought to even attempt talking on the phone when I was in school.

    Can't really think of any odd places I've used mine, really. If I was on call I had to have it on but would step out to talk if I was in public.

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