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Cindi    Posted 03-03-2003 at 04:34:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom Rotherham, the chief executive of the accounting firm RSM McGladrey, calls a halt to any management meeting there if a cellphone rings. He throws up his hands and demands $50 from the perpetrator.

"Everyone laughs, and I say: `I'm not kidding. Where's the $50?' If you want to disrupt your life, fine. But don't disrupt everybody else's."


You see the signs everywhere you go. Turn off your cell phone if you're going to be in here, that includes doctor's offices, schools, movie theatres, gov't bldgs, and so on. Even bumper stickers "put down the cell phone and drive". As far as I'm concerned though, it's just something new to bitc* about. I have been in many many meetings, stores, etc where a land line rings in the persons office/place of business and they say 'I gotta take this...just a sec'.

While the person who went to the trouble to leave the house, and drive over there in the flesh and BUY something, is left standing there waiting. Why? I was taught this a long time ago in retail. The one standing there is not likely to leave, the one calling is not likely to come if you don't spend time with them on the phone. Retail tactics. As far as driving and using a cell phone, I was almost killed when hit by a guy fiddling with his radio.

There's no way to legislate common sense or manners. You either have them or you don't. I love my cell phone. My pigs, goats, chickens are all familiar with the sound of the ring. But when I am doing business with someone or engaged in converstaion, the voice mail will be allowed to kick in. You don't put one person over another. It's first come, first serve. My mother taught me that.


Dave Olson Illinois    Posted 03-03-2003 at 17:01:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello Cindi,

With my little business we need to be able to communicate with the world wherever we are. With that said the phone that I carry with me vibrates rather than rings so it doesnít disturb anyone. If Iím talking to someone or in a meeting I just let it go into voice mail. I also have my beeper set up to vibrate rather than beep.

No one ever needs to be bothered whenever someone else is trying to contact me! I use the phone in my truck a lot. I always try to pull over to the side of the road or stay in a parking space while on the cell phone.

Dave Olson Ė East-Central Illinois


Cindi    Posted 03-04-2003 at 03:32:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, you sound like you were raised right. Wish more people were like you. As far as driving while talking, there are so many things people do when driving that talking on the phone doesn't seem like it should raise an eyebrow. Like I said I was hit by some guy playing with his radio. I've seen people putting on makeup, consulting maps, opening thermos's of coffee and so on. I have three kids and I have done everything from break up fights, wipe up spills, pry wet suckers out of my hair etc. BUT, this all depends on the traffic and where I'm at and how many other cars around, etc. There are certain places where driving requires one hundred percent of your attention, expressway, etc. I'm talking about city driving.


Dave Smith    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:46:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have gotten one. But even I don't know what the number for it is.
They do have a good point such as, when you are out and come upon a bad accident or if you get stuck in a snow drift and need help.
I also use it for long distance because it is cheaper for this than the land line. It works good for phoning my kids that are spread all over the country.
NY has passed a law making it illegal for a operator of a vehicle to use one when moving. That law was desperatley needed. But some people think that does not apply to them just like speed limits.
Dave <*)))><


Salmoneye    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:05:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
what's a cell phone...


bob ny    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:32:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think they let prisoners use cell phones


Cindi    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:10:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
A cell phone, short for cellular telephone is a cordless communication device......ah stop it, you're being cheeky! I take it you do not have/care for/want one. Lol!


Salmoneye    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:12:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't answer the one on the wall here, why would I want one with me anywhere else?


PS...The WIFE was given a TracPhone for Christmas...she may activate it before she goes to Maine this summer...maybe


Cindi    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:19:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
You sound like my husband. I say, what if it's the school nurse.....he says....I ain't a doctor. The only time he will answer the phone is if he is in the house alone. Sometimes not even then. How many messages are on my machine...."Fred...pick up....Fred I know you're there, get your as* off the couch and come to the phone....Fred, I'm serious now...FRED!"


Salmoneye    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:22:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Refuse to have a 'machine' either...if it is that important...They know where I live...


donna in wv    Posted 03-03-2003 at 11:12:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
when we moved from massachusetts to wv i had just a reg.phone installed no call waiting ,caller id ,call forwarding all the fancy stuff .i figured i'd add it once i started living here. suprise a year has gone by and i don't miss it or want it. all our family just calls back and if it's real imoportant they either try somebody else in the family or just once when my son had an accident my daughter in law called the ems headquarters which is about a mile from the house and they taped a note on our back door.


Fawteen    Posted 03-03-2003 at 04:51:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
You make good points, but...

First, I hate phones in general. At work they're a necessary evil. At home, if I had my way, the dang thing would be turned off before supper and not turned on again until 8:00 the next morning.

Cell phones have their place, but it's NOT in the movie theater, the ballet, or any other gathering where people are there to enjoy a performance, NOT listen to your cell phone ring. If you need to take a call that's THAT important, have the courtesy to stay home and take it there, where you won't be bothering people. Otherwise, turn the SOB off or leave it home.

As far as taking calls while waiting on folks, I can kind of see your point, but I HAVE been known to walk out when the person who was supposed to be waiting on me took a call that was OBVIOUSLY not business related and found it more rewarding to chat than to wait on me.

But then, I'm a crochety old man...




Good Lord!    Posted 03-03-2003 at 10:43:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
YOU go to the BALLET?


Cindi    Posted 03-03-2003 at 04:56:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've walked out when the call WAS business related. As far as I'm concerned it's a slap in the face. It's very easy to say 'I have a customer here waiting, could you hold on for a moment? Or better yet, I'll take your number and call you right back so you won't have to wait either. I think it's inexcusable. And I agree with you wholeheartedly about the phone in inappropriate places. Like I said, you can't legislate common sense or manners.


Randy    Posted 03-03-2003 at 04:45:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I tossed my cell phone and beeper into the circular file. There's an answer machine at home. I found my customers would beep me, I'd leave the job to call back and they wouldn't be there or didn't really want anything. I wasted a half day to a day a week on those things. No more. One of the pleasures of mowing with headphones on is I can't hear much.


Cindi    Posted 03-03-2003 at 04:53:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
My main purpose for the cell phone is, one, the school nurse can get in touch with me, and two, potential pig/goat/chicken customers. There have been days when I too wanted to sink it to the bottom of the pond and listen to it blurble underwater. But I don't. Sometimes I do, however, check the caller ID and just let it ring. The best feature for me is the unlimited weekends and free long distance. It's saved me a fortune in LD charges as all my family is in Texas.


Randy    Posted 03-03-2003 at 05:50:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Always gets me when driving seeing all these people with their ear glued to the cell phone. Not like they're all CEOs and need to make the business deal NOW. Just a bunch of Yentas. It was quite a good feeling hearing that clunk in the trash can I must admit.


Salmoneye    Posted 03-03-2003 at 06:04:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What kills me is the people that come up my hill to the main road while we wait with The Girl for the bus at 7:30 in the AM...Cell phone glued to their ear, paper across the wheel...and they just left home 2 minutes down the road...

Idiot yuppies...


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