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Cell Phones: Progress Report

I reported yesterday that I got my first cell phone last Friday. I’ve learned a few things, not the least of which is how to take pictures. So, I took a picture of Brad Nassif, and then some of my students. I talk about my students to Kris often enough that putting a face to the names might help. When I first tried to take a picture I created a short movie of my feet and the floor, but I think that function is now clear.
For me one of the most important things was learning how to turn the thing off so it didn’t ring when I was teaching — which wouldn’t happen since no one knows my number — but still, after all these years of razzing students when their cells phone ring, I’d hate to have mine ring. So, I figured out how to turn it to “vibrate.” Which has created another problem: I wear microfiber slacks that are somewhat baggy (for a few reasons) and twice yesterday Kris called me and I didn’t notice it was vibrating because my pants are too baggy and I didn’t feel the phone.
The other issue is that it is against the Law to talk on cell phones while driving a car in the City of Chicago. The oddity is clear: you can have firearms as protection but you can’t talk on the cell phone while driving (because it is dangerous). But I digress. So, yesterday I was driving home, Kris called, and I realized that I was not supposed to talk on the phone while driving so I scrunched down real low so I could tell Kris I would call her back when I got on the Eden’s Hwy (which is not safer, but it is outside the City limits) and almost had an accident because I couldn’t see as well when scrunched down. Then I looked at the car next to me, and she was talking on her cell phone.
I’m getting the hang of it I think.

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posted March 31, 2006 at 6:52 am

“The oddity is clear: you can have firearms as protection but you can’t talk on the cell phone while driving (because it is dangerous).”
It would only be an oddity if you were allowed to shoot your firearms while driving :-)

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Jim Martin

posted March 31, 2006 at 5:47 pm

Watch out for voice mail! A few weeks ago, my sister left a very long voice message on my telephone. The message was so long it came across very conversational and casual. As I was listening to it, I forgot I was listening to voice mail. As a couple of points, she paused and I began to say something. She then continued to talk. This happened twice and I felt myself get irritated that she would not let me say anything. Then all of a sudden it was over and I remembered it was a voice message. Did I feel silly….

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Ron Fay

posted April 1, 2006 at 3:03 pm

As for the law, you might want to see if you can use a handsfree device in order to circumvent it. It is much safer when you use a handsfree device.
How are you going to survive the construction? It looks pretty nasty down there now.

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Matt Enquist

posted April 1, 2006 at 7:21 pm

Keep up the good work!

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posted April 2, 2006 at 10:55 pm

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kerry doyal

posted April 3, 2006 at 10:03 pm

So, post your number, we’ll give you a ring . . .

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Scot McKnight

posted April 3, 2006 at 10:20 pm

As I learned on Hee-Haw, just call BR 549.

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kerry doyal

posted April 4, 2006 at 9:49 pm

Dude – that’s a local call from down here!

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