phoney reflection

I remember a life when we wouldn’t have dreamed
….. of being on call 24/7
there was only landlines
some had an answering machine
to record those missed call messages

where the Jetson’s rode flying machines
and spoke to a person on a screen
ridiculous cartoons we thought
would never come to fruition

the phone box my regular teen haunt
a deaf mother meant no landline
would chat for ages at a fixed price
until a neighbour stood near
would cut my call as manners were dear

then slowly technology digressed
humungous hand held phones
and a weird invention called the internet
instant communication for the jet-set

both phones and costs shrunk
even Indian beggars all have one
can’t imagine life without that net
now visuals with that phone chat
but I still refuse to be on call 24/7 …


  1. ALWAYS refuse to be on call 24/7, Kate! That is no way to live, despite the enormous pressures we feel to do so. Sometimes, in order to live fully, we have to go against current wisdom and practices.

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  2. Ha, Kate! Perfect! Though I’m no Luddite, I still have been known on occasion to “forget” to reactivate my ringtone when I return from the office. It’s one last thread of defiance – independence from these awful (and wonderful) machines!

    Other things I remember, and which those born after 1990 never will experience: changing the channel by turning a knob, composing (or receiving) a handwritten letter, licking a postage stamp, using the library to find a fact, etc. etc.

    Great, now I feel like I’m, what, 112? “Back in my day…”

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  3. Nie jestem przywiązana ani uzależniona od telefonu i od sieci. Nawet komputer otwieram na krótko.Żyję realnym życiem, a nie w sieci.

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  4. You should never be on call 24/7. I turn my phone off one day a week for shabbat and often enough don’t have my phone on me. I’m way too attached to answering when I do have it on me, although with messages I’m really not great at replying. I’ve been taught by people being insulted that I’m meant to respond to messages even if they’re short and don’t need a reply. I’m still learning phone etiquette. I don’t think anyone should be attached to it, because they’re on their phones so much that they’re not engaging with people in real life and they’re missing out on the awesomeness of the world (that was another post you wrote recently). I feel like I’m rambling way too much today.
    Sending sunshine and sparkles
    Love, light and glitter Kate. Take care of yourself today.

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    • no you’re not rambling … just telling it as it is! Kudos to you, being controlled by the screen is a real addiction issue. We need to use them in moderation and for our convenience.
      One movie director I met told people that they should turn their phone off at least three hours a day and especially an hour before bedtime so they can unwind.

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  5. I have a land line that I only answer numbers I know…
    My cell is on only when I want it on. I may take it with me and still not turn it on until I need to.
    Smart phones and smart watches – knowing ones every move – not mine.

    I can not imagine or abide by those in home devises that are hooked up to your voice and at your beck and call. I won’t even have a medical portal! Pay by your phone… not me. How advanced can technology stay ahead of hackers? Do I really need a camera in my refrigerator? Or a stove or faucet with voice control. No not I.

    And yet I do like to have net access to stay close with my friends around the globe 🙂

    Moderation. 😉

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  6. Love your title, photo, AND poem!
    So true! and I agree with you! Thank you for the smiles and giggles! 😀
    HA! I remember rotary phones with long cords (so you could take the phone in a closet and talk to your boyfriend and your siblings couldn’t hear your conversation. HA!).
    I remember pagers.
    I remember answering machines.
    Ha! I’m still waiting for that “conveyor belt”…remember, George or Jane Jetson would get out of bed looking disheveled and stand on the belt and come out the other side looking perfect! HA! 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    • lol yes I so remember that now you’ve mentioned it! They had such a utilitarian futuristic life we thought it could never happen and except for the conveyor belt we’re almost there 🙂

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  7. I also remember a time pre cell phones. Life was better. People didn’t call you at any time of the day or night for work matters. The line between work and private life has blurred to a point where it hardly exists anymore. It is not a good thing for families.

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