Cell Phone – Dial Tone?

Okay. I picked up my cell phone to make a call. I released the lock so that I could make the call. Then I put the cell phone to my ear and waited. And waited. . .  And waited. . .

 What was I waiting for? The dial tone!!!

 Oh, my goodness! What is that?!?!?!?

 I have used a cell phone for many, many years. I do admit – I was one of those hold-outs who refused to run out and get a cell phone at the beginning. If I were not at home, my answering machine could take a message just fine, and I could listen to that message when I got home. So there!

 Well, then, for a summer between school years (back in 2000), I worked at a job where I had to carry a company cell phone with me as I travelled during the day. That’s all it took. After that, I got a personal cell phone – one for me and one for 2nd daughter (in high school at the time).

 Then, a few years later, I decided I didn’t want to pay for a land line (as they’re called now) and a cell phone. So I started using a cell phone completely.

 So. . . why, at 59, was I sitting and waiting for a dial tone that had never been there before and that I would never hear? I don’t know!

 After sitting for a minute or two – waiting for the dial tone – I realized what I was doing. At least, that’s good, that I didn’t just keep sitting there – right?

 I had to wait to make the call because I was laughing so hard at myself. I do that a lot – laugh at myself. I guess it’s because I have so much material to laugh at. Good grief!

 For those of you who are too young (or too cell phoned) to remember the “old” dial phones – here’s a picture of one. This was called a princess phone.

As you use your cell phone, just don’t do what I did – sit counting the minutes while you wait for a dial tone. At least I can still count!

About grandawn

I work as administrative support in the Oklahoma State University Art Dept. For the past few years, I have been responsible for finances, paperwork, and other decisions for my parents who lived in Texas. Working now to finalize everything after Father's death in 2012 and Mother's death in 2013. I also keep busy blogging, writing children's books, and occasionally shooting commercials. I live in Oklahoma, USA. I have three wonderful grandchildren. I am a teacher, writer, actor, singer. . . and whatever else I can manage.
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2 Responses to Cell Phone – Dial Tone?

  1. joann says:

    HILARIOUS!!!!! Be careful about telling ALL your stupid moments……your kids may think you have old-timers disease!

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