Recently, I nixed my cell phone service. The data plan stopped working when I was in Denver and it was really nice just checking email once a day! So, if you have my old 281 area code number, please delete it….
This started a small firestorm. I find people responding in two camps: the shocked and the amazed. Either people admire me for it or they go on and on about what an atrocity it is that I don’t have a cell phone. How inconvenient it is for them. No matter that I have 3 email addresses, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and a land line (and days when neither phone rang). Heaven forbid, they just come over to say Hi. Remember those days? It used to be fun to just walk over to someone’s house to see if they were home.
My favorite excuse is the whole ’emergency’ excuse. I get this a lot. However, I got through 34 years of life, including traveling through Europe for 3 1/2 months ALONE at the age of 21. I’ve also run out of gas in the middle of South Dakota. Cell phones weren’t around back then. I made it out alive.
When I got my cell phone, it was indeed because of the business. Travel certainly is easier with a phone. However, making plans ahead of time and committing to them has worked for me in the past. I’d like to get back to that. With phones and texting, I find that people don’t value my time anymore. They can just text that they are running late…. when I’m already at the restaurant… waiting.
So, it has been about a month and a half now and I’m still loving it. There is only one person that I’ve noticed I’ve inconvenienced (sorry, Tom) by not having a cell.
When I’m sitting on the ski lift, I’m really there. When I’m working out, I’m not distracted by a vibrating phone. When I’m sitting with someone, I’m really there. Listening. In the moment.
The joke had been “I’ll get another cell phone when Verizon finally gets the iPhone!”… darn! I was hoping it would take another year or so. All this being said, I’m sure I’ll cave. I do have two conventions coming up…
In the meantime, I’ll call you back when I get in from snowboarding….
Also, check out Star Trek’s Borg… that is how I feel some people act now….