I Hate Telephones Most of the Time

Ever since I was young I knew telephones were evil. They would interrupt people rudely at any time of the day or night. Today was different. The phone rang and I picked it up. During the conversation I was informed that the little woman had shopped in Winnipeg and not informed me she had bought up a good stock of preserving jars for beets! They were in the trunk of the car out in the garage. Aha! I am now back at work boiling and pickling beets. At the rate I am going the beets in the ground are unlikely to be harvested fully. I am a wheelbarrow behind on the pickling. About now, the little woman might do the maths and realize we have enough for a year, or two… Then there are the carrots still remaining to be harvested and the ground cultivated to incorporate all the weeds and crop residues.

So, sometimes telephones do good service. I still am convinced that CPUs should be interrupted, not people. People should be able to work asynchronously. That’s why God made e-mail, after all.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to I Hate Telephones Most of the Time

  1. TM wrote, “they’re still important in emergency situations where you need to connect right now”.

    I know that but for most people there are very rarely such emergencies. I am old and I have experienced an emergency that needed a phone only a few times and then, we could deal with issues one way or another. I was once hunting and fell through ice. I got cold and wet but managed not to die by keeping as warm as I could any way I could. There are emergencies that can take a life but the world will continue to spin even if that happens, so, a phone is not necessary ever. Humans survived millenia without them by being fruitful and multiplying to fill the gaps. Up North, I haven’t had a phone for ages because in a real emergency, I could just call for help or use a phone at the school. Otherwise phones were a needless expense or an interruption. Most phone calls up there are people who have used their phone books for kindling needing directory assistance. “Do you have Fred’s number?” is not welcome at 0300.

  2. Satipera says:

    @Robert Pogson

    Are you a Christian?

  3. While I agree I don’t like the interruptions a phone often causes, I’d say they’re still important in emergency situations where you need to connect right now, and not when someone gets around to reading their email.

  4. oldman says:

    ” Why not you?”

    Because it doesnt do what I need it to do.

    Is that so hard to understand?

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