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Hi everyone, this is your once reliable landline or cordless phone here with answering machine attached. Lately I have been observing how much your cellular/mobile phone means to you, and here is what I have managed to notice.

It seems to me that if you realize you have missed a cell phone call, most of you enter panic mode. You feel as if your world is crashing all around you or as if something drastic will occur, since you missed that one important call.

Or if you find out during the course of a day that you have misplaced, or forgot your cell phone at home, some of you start suffering from a temporary and mild case of depression. And go about the business of the day feeling as if a great part of your being is missing.

Itís almost as if this cellular telephone technology has been around throughout each generation of our lives and something no one can live without. But what about before this cellular phone came along and swept all of us away?

You had to wait until you got home at the end of the day to check your answering machine for missed calls. And did most people panic when their answering machines malfunctioned or stopped recording halfway through a message?

They must have had a few choice words to say to said machine and moved on. But there is a price to pay for everything, I guess. While your now archaic answering machine once made you more patient, it seems as though the cellular telephone has made you more impatient and stressed.

Impatient because without it you canít text your buddy about something trivial or silly, and too stressed because if you miss that important call you are waiting for, panic enters the picture.

Oh and that answering machine thatís collecting dust in your attic or the junk pile, the pile I am in right now, you might want to consider dusting me off and putting me to good use again. You know, in case your all important cellular telephone decides to malfunction one day.

At least this way, I will be able to record your message, like I used to before your super cellular telephone came along and made you put me away for good.

Peace and unity begin with all of us- Judy Ramsook

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The following comments are for "And Now A Little Something From Your Old Landline Telephone..."
by JudyRamsook

You have GOT to be kidding. Who has a landline anymore? Are people still using those?

I haven't had a landline in years!

In the years 1999/2000, I had a landline, but it was used for dial-up internet.

Through my dial-up internet, I had a little known, rogue piece of software that let me use my headphones and microphone as a telephone. With it, I could call local, long distance, and foreign for . . . are you ready for this . . . free! Even the software was free. It was an open-source thingamajigger.

So I got smart, and saved a lot of cash, by downgrading my "landline" telephone service to local/911 calls only, and made all my long distance and foreign calls over the internet. It was perfect.

People could still call me at home (when I wasn't online); and if I wanted to make a phone call long-distance, I simply signed on.

Then, broadband internet came about and was rather affordable, and cable companies patented the technology for making phone calls via cable through the internet, and because I already had cable . . . dial-up became obsolete. So did my landline, because I got an ISP phone.

Since 1999 there has been NO land-based telephone line in my house.

So, what's the point of this comment?

The phone is ringing. It's for you. It's the 90s. They want their landline back!

:) Great piece you've written :)

Ochani Lele

( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: November 3, 2008 )

Why is there no edit key?

The line, "Since 1999 there has been NO land-based telephone line in my house." should read, "Since 1999, there has been NO land-based telephone in my house."

The line was there, but it was for computer usage (dial-up)only. At least, it was there until broadband came to my house!

Ochani Lele

( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: November 3, 2008 )

Hi OchaniLele, I think those AT&T ads got to me. Or maybe people should hit panic mode if they miss a message on their cell phone.

( Posted by: JudyRamsook [Member] On: November 3, 2008 )

Hi ChloeFalkner, thanks and this is what I have been trying to say too.

( Posted by: JudyRamsook [Member] On: November 3, 2008 )

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