Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Yesterday a client called me

I am so lame with the cellphone. Well, that's not entirely accurate. I'm getting pretty good at the video and video editing functions on the phone. I created my own ringtone, which is nice except that no one ever calls me. It's startling when I hear it, "what's that loud music, I love that song, oh wait, that's my cellphone, duh, now how do I answer this thing." And then it's like a test, as I fumble with it in my hands and open it, and accidentally hit the button (god knows which one) that sends a "busy" signal to the caller. The screen cackles helplessly informs me of this as soon as I have a chance to focus on it. Then the phone comes alive again (I remarkably do not shriek and throw the phone in the air)and since I have the screen in focus telling me exactly what to do, I press the button that is indicated to me which answers it and then I put it to my ear. I laugh and explain to the caller that I am new at answering the cellphone, and that I have just failed the test. Again.

21 comments:

t said...

Don't feel badly.
If you aren't getting that many calls, you won't get in the practice of answering it.
On mine, it doesn't help that the "answer" button is the same as - but labeled - "send".

Anonymous said...

lol at the mental picture of you shrieking and throwing the phone in the air!!

You're not alone! When I borrow Al's cell and he calls, I inevitably push the wrong button forcing him to call back and heckle me!

Jane

CoffeeDog said...

My phone is easy, open it and it answers.

I never get calls either, just work related crap.

Kevin said...

Sometimes ineptitude is cute and endearing.

Snooze said...

I would love to see you struggling with your cell only because then I wouldn't feel so self-conscious when I screw up all of my calls.

St. Dickeybird said...

Instead of explaining that you're new, you should just shout "Serge - I've told you, get away from my phone!"

And mine hasn't rang in so long that I've forgotten what song it plays.
:(

Chunks said...

I have mine on ring and vibrate and when that sucker rings, it is usually either a mad dash to get it out of the little pocket on the front of my purse, or I toss it and screech like it's a moth or something.

I think my husband calls it just to entertain the kids.

Steven said...

Although my phone isn't new (it's a mini-brick model), I only know how to answer and end calls.

Can't figure out how to do anything else (God forbid if I had one with a camera, e-mail, etc.).

Knottyboy said...

You kids and your damnable gagets of whirling and buzzing and music and clicks and chirps....well the list goes on. But thank god enough of you have learned how to zoom in at just the 'right' parts when you take them into the gym locker rooms.
kb

Scott said...

I have never owned a cell phone and if I have my way, I never will. I think it's possible to be too connected.

toobusyliving said...

I'm glad you have the cellphone for the video function but I thought I had recalled you writing somewhere that either you would never own a cellphone or never own one again...is this memory correct or just my crazy imagination?

GayProf said...

Yeah, it’s good thing we don’t try to call each other because we would never connect. Most of my cell phone’s functions allude me. The other night I was at a movie with a friend and I turned off the phone (as a courtesy to the other movie patrons). My friend asked, “Why don’t you just switch it to ‘silent’ mode instead of turning it all the way off?” I didn’t know that was an option. Another friend had to show me how to shut-off the annoying sounds it made everytime you pressed the keypad.

I am great, though, at text messaging.

Anonymous said...

I quite like Dickey's suggestion-heehee. The visual picture you create with you shrieking and tossing the phone into the air is a lovely and cute one, to say the least. Although I can't really imagine you actually shrieking in the voice that is in my mind-haha! Have a happy day! Devo

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

I never have mastered cell phones, all those damnable tiny buttons. I'm still confused by the cordless concept. How does the sound know where to go if it doesn't have a string to guide it?

David said...

Beyond my own phone, I don't go near other people's. And you can forget about a Blackberry or any PDA.

ink said...

LOL! That's exactly what happened to me when I got my new phone. Took me months to figure out how to answer the damn thing - which, BTW, was only used for emergencies ... so I always had to assume I was missing something important. Finally figured out that, like *t*, I had to press the "send" button to answer calls. It's just as intuitive as clicking on the "Start" menu to shut down the computer!

Jason said...

I don't miss my cellphone. I nicknamed it the stress machine.

The Wisdom of Wislon said...

My other half has a news flash tone which freaks me out ...well only slightly

Patricia said...

i'm impressed that you made your own ringtone. i haven't figured out how to do that yet, or how to download ringtones. probably wise that i keep it that way.

mainja said...

oh, you took lessons from my mother did you? ;)

Freak Magnet said...

My phone plays the song they use in the "Beef: It's what's for dinner" commercials. Every time it rings, I want a steak.