Remember lists? That’s right. It’s time for a new entry. Read about my list posts here, then comment and add your own thoughts to this one and any others coming up. At the end of the month Random.org will choose a winner from everyone who added to a March list to receive an autographed novel. Remember, please stay away from politics, religion and general snarkiness. This is not the evening news.
Cell phones. They’re everywhere, aren’t they? Maybe they shouldn’t be. Let’s list all the places cell phones don’t belong. Remember, keep it clean.
Places and Times to Keep Your Cell Phone in Your Pocket:
1: On dates. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a young couple sitting together at a restaurant and one of them is talking on a cell phone to somebody else. Usually for a majority of the meal.
2: When you’re having an evening out with your children. Of course if the people above actually marry, there may not be enough private moments to worry about creating a family, but just in case. . . Nothing’s sadder to me than watching a child sitting at a table with a parent who’d rather talk to somebody else.
3: While pushing a baby stroller, or grocery shopping with a baby or toddler. Okay, I get this. I have four children, and I remember being lonely for someone with more than a 50 word vocabulary. But come on, this is exactly the moment when you teach your children about the world around them. Can you help them name colors or find the tuna fish when you’re talking to somebody else?
4: In an airport van. I was once a captive audience while a man fired one of his employees, loudly and with glee. This is why women should carry Mace.
5: In the airport itself, sitting next to other passengers who are waiting to board. Sadly one day I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the inner workings of a Red Cross chapter, complete with names, employee problems, and more personal information too, well, personal, to mention here. Guess what? People are listening.
Now it’s your turn. What did I miss? Am I wrong? Let’s talk–but please, not on your cell.
Congratulations to Pat Matejcek, whose comment was chosen to win by random.org from all the list comments in February.