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A Man Out of Time [Mar. 26th, 2008|07:59 pm]
Young Geoffrey
I live in a world my forefathers (well, my dad and mum, at least) would recognize. My phone doesn't have call display.

Every time it rings, if I answer, I know not if the caller is a friend or an enemy. Or a robot calling to sell me aluminium siding. All I know is that some small part of the world is attempting to breach my redoubt.

You youngsters have no idea.

One hears the ring. One's head turns, an atavistic remnant of our deep hominid history, when almost every sound had its individual Significance.

One hears the second ring and one's body tenses. Flight or fight? Not quite. Yet one's body moves; a decision must be made. To tear one's eyes from pixels and flex one's muscular thighs, or to simply let the caller reach the digital copy of my long-winded voice?

The last time the unit burbled its pale echo of a mechanical ringing, I chose the latter. Rushed to it and lifted the handset to my hear.

"Hello?" I said, with no idea whether I was opening myself to well-loved comrade, to much-loathed creditor or to something even worse, some twisted and indescribable horror seeking to consume my soul through the fragile copper wire.

"Hello." The voice was a poorly-synthesized simulacrum of a female, h. sap. sap., the auditory equivalent of unbuttered toast, left on a plate hours after it was meant to be eaten. "You have been chosen" -

"Fuck off," I said, "I don't talk to machines," knowing, even as I slammed the hand-set into its cradle, that I had made of myself a liar.

I need call-display.
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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2008-03-27 12:39 am (UTC)
Call display changed my life! It didn't exactly get rid of my phone phobia, but I am slowly learning to not answer the phone if I don't have to.
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[User Picture]From: rev_jo
2008-03-27 02:42 pm (UTC)
it does come in handy... as do cell phones..
although, i am probably a mutant in that i have no sense that it is obligatory on my part to answer my phone whenever it rings, nor do i feel that its necessary to talk on the phone in public.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2008-03-28 11:51 pm (UTC)
Truthfully, I very seldom pick up. My daddy taught me from a young age that machines are meant to be our tools, not the other way around.

Before the days when everyone (even me - my current situation is a result of buying a phone without checking its capabilities, because I just presumed that any unit I bought would have it) had call display, many people I knew were kind of shocked and baffled when I would just let a ringing phone ring way.
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