Friday Fives

When did you get your first cell phone?

           Summer of 1997

How old were you at the time?

I guess that would make me 25 at the time

What type of phone was it?

The i370 “powerphone”.  Don’t laugh.  That phone single handedly revolutionized communications and launched our company ( Nextel).  it was the first and only phone to integrate cell phone and walkie talkie.  That phone paid for my first house and several trucks.  It was a great product.

What type of phone do you have now?

HTC Evo Shift.  tangent alert > Can I tell you about these phones today?  They make terrible phones.  It is a great communication device, web portal, personal assistant… whatever.  But the ergonomics of these phones make them terrible telephones.  You can’t crook your neck and hold it the way you could a real telephone.  They aren’t palm shaped or ear shaped or nothin’.

everyone likes to talk about how they just want a simple phone, and that they don’t need all these smart apps.  Well, I do need the smart apps… but I would like something that was comfortable and designed like a telephone.  Do you remember this?  There is a reason why it stayed unchanged for a 100 years.  It was a great design, just like the toaster.  Don’t fuck with it.

Do you prefer calling or texting/mailing?

I prefer anything to talking on the phone to people.  Go ahead, call me, I dare you.  You won’t get me.  If you text or email me, though, I will reply instantly.  Not sure why, but I really shy away from phone calls.  Its silly, though, because I have MAD phone skills.  See, I have worked for the phone company since 1997… which is why I had a cell phone WAY before you did.  I have been in versions of customer service ever since.  If I got you on the phone, I could get you to confess to killing Kennedy and Bin Laden.


Bonus - since the fives came up at cell phone questions (and not by me)... you get an extra five.  Why?  I have been in the cell phone business for 15 years.  So, those above were from Live Journal, and these below are from Roy.

1. Could you live without your phone for 1 week for $500?

no.  I was without my phone on Monday, all day.  Not cool at all.  It never happens.  In 15 years, I have forgot my phone maybe three times.  I don’t like it, it was  uncomfortable.

2. Whom do you talk to on the phone the most?

well, the wifey.  Not much of a reveal.

3. Whom do you no longer talk to on the phone but wish you still did?

my dad, who is dead.  happy now?  Actually, he liked talking on the phone even less my myself.  So, bad choice.  I don’t like this question, since I am not a phone talker.  Month to date, I have used maybe 13 minutes total over 3 weeks.

4. If you could get ahold of one celebrity phone number, whose digits would you want?

That guy from new Radicals.  He needs to start a new band.  He has awesome energy and joy.  dig it!

5. Do you even talk on your phone any more?

nope.  prefer text.  Saying that, just a few short years ago, I fully mocked texting.  I thought it was the province of 9 year olds.  Then, I realized I could get the info I needed in record time.  Plus, I don’t have to remember stuff.  See, if the wife tells me to pick stuff up, I will forget half the list.  If she texts it, though, then I have it there for reference… and I didn’t get stuck chatting on the phone.