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From the Midway: If you can't talk to me right then I'll just leave

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

One thing I've noticed while living in this day and age is how people act while on their cell phone. I'm not talking about the dangers of talking on your cell phone while you're driving but how rude people have become while talking on their phone

Don't people know how annoying it is for other people to have to listen to a one-sided conversation that has absolutely nothing to do with anything that concerns the people that are not part of said conversation?

Example; I was at the video store the other day. Just standing and trying to decide what movie I would like to watch when a young man entered the store already in the middle of a conversation on his cell phone.

"Yeah, I'm walking into the store right now. No. What time? No man, I can't do it. They're all out" said the young man.

From what I gathered from his conversation he must not have found the movie he was looking for, while he was making his social plans for the evening. Later that night I wondered if he ever found his movie or if he had a chance to go out for the evening.

I was naturally curious because he made it my business to know his plans even though I never asked to become personally involved in this man's life. But since I had become involved I was naturally concerned.

If this ever happens to you, just lean into the persons shoulder and ask where your pants are. Trust my they'll have a lot of explaining to do to the person on the other end. Plus it will give them something else to talk about.

Another pleasant cell phone story I like to share is this one.

One day a lady came into to office of the paper and needed help with something. While in the middle of the conversation I was having with the lady (remember I was trying to help her), her cell phone began to ring.

She grabs her phone and turns to one side and lifts up her index finger to me (suggesting that she would be right with me) and proceeds to have her conversation. While I was left standing there just twiddling my thumbs it hit me, I became the annoyance for taking up her time.

Her conversation went on for a few minutes and during this time I was thinking this is kind of rude. She came into the paper needing help. Her priority should have been taking care of the business that she came into the paper to do. Maybe she does not receive that many calls on her phone and maybe the excitement of receiving a call finally got the better of her and she just didn't realize she was being rude.

With new technology always comes a new problem. Currently there is a hands-free phone that people can buy. This wonderful little device plugs right into your ear and you can now look stylish while making an ass of yourself.

Now you can be having a conversation with a person and you don't even have a chance to hear their phone ring when they start to have another conversation with somebody else. It is totally bizarre and let's not forget the fact that it looks like they're just mad and they're out walking around talking to themselves.

If this type of behavior ever happened in another time period besides the one were living in right now, that person would be wearing a white coat that ties in the back.

So the next time a person comes to your home for a visit and their cell phone rings and they abruptly drop the conversation that they are having with you to speak to the person on the other end of the phone, just get up and leave. Get into your car and leave that person sitting in your living room.

If they can't respect you while they are talking to you, then you just might have to leave. Who has time for that kind of rudeness?

Mike Leckband
From the Midway