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January 12th, 2006

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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:January 12th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
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I know cell phones have their (good) uses. But you know, I hate it when I get on the train, pull out a good book and settle and the people around me all pull out cell phones. Laptops are okay...at least they are usually quiet.

Or, go to the top of the CN Tower (for example) and what do you hear? "Hey, guess where I am?"

When I got back from my trip to PEI and tried to call my brother from the airport in Rochester,I could NOT find a pay phone - and I don't have a cell phone. I ....

oh never mind. this is YOUR space, and I'm taking it over.

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From:john_holton
Date:January 12th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
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You can mouth off in my space anytime you like.

I swapped a bunch of American Express points for a set of Bose noise-cancelling headphones. They're wonderful, if a bit pricey. They do a great job of blocking the idiots surrounding me.

I would love to be able to work on my laptop on a plane, but the seats are so close and I'm so big that I can't get the tray table down. Oh, well, it's a good time to catch up on my reading or sleep.
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:January 12th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
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Coming back from a trip...I was in a seat on the train in front of someone who spent all the time between Buffalo and here talking to his girlfriend on the cell phone. He was not quiet (he wasn't noisy, either....) but he was certainly annoying. He made arrangements to meet her later that evening.

About 15 minutes before we were supposed to pull into the station, he hung up from talking to his girlfriend and called his wife. "Oh, yes, darlin', I'll be there in a few minutes, I can't wait to see you."

Had I seen him talking to anyone in the train station, I hope I would have found a way to say something..."Oh hey, I heard you making arrangements to go to Oneida tonight. Could you give me a ride? I sat right in front of you on the train and I heard you talking...."
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From:john_holton
Date:January 12th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I can remember one time being in an airport and overhearing a phone conversation. It was a sales rep from one of our competitors talking to his office about a call he had made that afternoon to a company that I knew we were bidding with as well. He went on at great length about how the prospect liked them better than us, and how it was going to be a slam-dunk, and went into a lot of detail about where they saw the competitive advantages etc. When he finally rang off, I walked up and handed him my business card. He turned all different colors...
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From:annef
Date:January 12th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Not having been to the top of the CN Tower in aeons (that's for the tourists, thanks--been there, done that, not willing to pay 20 bucks to do it again), I can't testify to that. But I _can_ testify to overhearing MANY cellphone conversations on Toronto Transit that run along the lines of "Yes, I'm on the bus, it's just turning the corner, I'll be there in five minutes." For crying out loud, surely the person you're talking to can _wait_ that five minutes to hear the sound of your voice? Live, in person? *snort*

Though the most annoying cellphone conversation I ever overheard (and why does everyone have to shout into the damn things?) was a woman on a bus saying, repeatedly, "Yes, I use conditioner. I'm telling you, I USE conditioner. No, I do, I use conditioner" until everyone on the entire bus knew she used conditioner and wished she'd shut up.

I did own a cellphone for awhile. It was a total waste of money as I hardly ever used it. Not interested in another one, thanks.

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