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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Ed’s Many Hats – I can’t take it anymore!


edphoneI was grateful when I heard they’d passed a law in Illinois that prohibited drivers from talking or texting on cell phones. Yet, if they did, it sure as heck isn’t working. Listen up, Chief.

Every day I see drivers at the wheel, even downtown, with their cell phone in their ear.

I do think, however, it’s changed the way some drivers, not all, do their texting. It’s very common now to have to honk at the car in front after the light changes to green; they’re texting! I’m guilty of it. Though annoying, at least it’s relatively safe. Be assured, though, there are zillions of people still texting and driving slowly—in the left lane!

The other evening around 6PM Kathy and I were sitting on the patio enjoying a virgin Mary Ann and listening to piano music on Pandora. Suddenly we heard a loud thud on Hobson Road, a half block away.

Less than three seconds later, we heard a man’s voice shouting more four and five-letter words than I knew existed. We looked at each other and guessed what had happened. To make sure no one needed help, Kathy ran to check. I stayed put in case she needed backup.

Sure enough, a 30-something Millennial had rear-ended a 40-something Millennial construction worker in a white pickup truck in broad daylight, on a super-safe road. Texting you think? You betcha!

Why are we so addicted to our cell phones? Does anyone have a real life anymore? It’s totally unbelievable that most people have a cell phone in their hand every waking moment. Especially teens and Millennials. I’ve often witnessed families out for dinner where both parents were on their phones while the kids were texting or playing games under the table, likely talking and texting each other.

I’m not perfect, but I try my best not to be a slave to my cell phone. If I’m going to a breakfast, luncheon or meeting, I’ll put my phone on vibrate and sneak a discreet screen peek only if it wiggles.

One thing I will never do is talk on my cell within earshot of someone. I always excuse myself and find a quiet place to carry on a conversation that can’t wait until I’m free of my current obligation. There are few things more rude than having a conversation on the cell phone while you’re in the company of other people.

I’ll appreciate the days when I become king! I’ll put those people back on the original AT&T plan where we paid $5 per minute for cell calls—outgoing or incoming. They’ll be thankful.

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Ed Channell
Ed Channell
Ed Channell has served on many boards, foundations and fundraising campaigns during more than 50 years in Naperville—and he loves feedback. Give it to him at echannell1@gmail.com.

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