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Old 07-13-2014, 07:12 PM   #31
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I was just going by what you said previously that you were exempt from the rules when talking to long distance friends, not your family.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:30 PM   #32
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I have been in some businesses who had a sign that read "When you are finished with your phone call, we will be glad to assist you."
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:32 PM   #33
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I was just going by what you said previously that you were exempt from the rules when talking to long distance friends, not your family.
I understand. I can call anyone I want at night as long as it is not a family member. The only time I deliberately broke that rule was when my sister died around midnight. I was all alone and it was the hospital that called me with the news. I didn't even know she was in the hospital or that she had me listed as who to notify. We were each others support system. So to have a doctor call me at that hour and inform me, then I needed support. I had my daughter call her children. Now knowing what it is like to get a call like that in the almost middle of the night, I make sure I don't call my kids or break the family rule.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:44 PM   #34
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I know it's illegal here but restaurants, schools, churches, libraries, etc ..should be able to install cell phone signal jammers. If I knew electronics I would have built one years ago for my business. What's the matter with people with their cell phones?!
They were doing that at movie theatres here for a while. But, doctors on call need to get their calls. There can be other emergencies.

But, there is no reason for someone to be rude about answering and talking. If I get a call from my sister in California, I answer, tell her "just a minute", leave the area of other people and then talk to her. I explain what I'm doing and that the call has to be short.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:45 PM   #35
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My daughter has a list of where she will not answer or call on her phone.

In her car while driving (It could cost her, her job if she is stopped for using her cell phone while driving.)
At work
In a restaurant
At home after 9 p.m.
In a hospital
And when visiting someone in their home.

She got so sick of her daughter calling her at the most inopportune times, for the most stupid reasons, that she had to set rules. We liked the idea, so we all agreed to practice them ourselves. Except for me, talking to long distance friends.

Don't bother to try and call her during these times. She won't respond. If you know her, then you know the rules. So you don't call. When she has a chance, she will peek at who called. Then return the call at her convenience. If she doesn't know you, you may never hear from her.

On the other hand, my youngest is in medicine. He works in the ER. He answers his phone for every medical call. Also all his emails go to his phone and alerts him. I am quite often awake late into the evening when I know he is sleeping. I will send him an email. I have told him to never answer my call immediately. In fact, sometimes I get no response to my email. Since he is my medical proxy he knows I am not in any danger and if I was the hospital would be calling him, not me.

I resisted for a long time before I decided to get a cell phone. And then it was only to cut my phone bill down. I opted for the free one. I get 250 minutes a month with 250 something for texting. I have yet to text anyone in my life. Most of my minutes and all of my text things go back unused. This whole family knows what the rules are between us. We don't break them because we know we won't get a response.
I have to confess that I rather like the text facility on my phone. All my friends know that except in very rare circumstances my mobile is turned off so they leave text messages and I reply when I'm next connected. They know I'll receive the message and they don't have the irritation of making land-line phone calls which aren't picked up. And it means I don't have to spoil coffee with a friend or some important meeting with a ringing mobile.

Needless to say I don't write in text-speak.
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Love it.

I haven't had any problems with my friends. They see who is calling and decide if it's important. Then, if it is, they excuse themselves and go somewhere where they won't disturb the rest of us. Seems easy enough.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:33 PM   #37
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Love it.

I haven't had any problems with my friends. They see who is calling and decide if it's important. Then, if it is, they excuse themselves and go somewhere where they won't disturb the rest of us. Seems easy enough.
Thanks, and I agree. My phone tells me who's calling and I have the option to send a text message with a couple of taps telling them I'm busy and will return the call later. If it's important, they can text me back and let me know.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:12 AM   #38
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I just thought of what could be said, tactfully/playfully, if you're at a restaurant and their phone rings. If they say "mind if I take this?" (and it isn't the first time), you could say "would it make any difference if I said 'yes?'"! (You could always do it tongue in cheek, i.e. with a slight playfulness in your eyes if you think you might be turned to dust).

If nothing else (i.e. I doubt that it would directly stop them answering that call - try sighing and looking at your watch whilst they do so), it would jolt their conscience a bit and might make them hesitate the next time.....little acorns...
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:56 PM   #39
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creative, I'm afraid that the people who are oblivious to the feelings of those around them are too dense (or self-absorbed) to pick up on small hints. If someone does it repeatedly, I'd be tempted to take the phone from their hand, tell the caller "he/she will call you back, ok?" and hang up. Yeah, sometimes I have a short temper.



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..... None of us died or exploded because we missed a perceived "important" call. In this instance, define "important."...
In retrospect, there was only one time I wished I had a cell phone. Because we were at our daughter's basketball game, we did not know my Dad had been rushed to the hospital until we got home hours later and heard my aunt's answering machine message. Had we been called immediately I might have gotten to the hospital while he was still alive. When my Mom was in her end-days I made sure that cellphone was with me everywhere, all the time. But on mute/vibrate setting when appropriate (church, dining out, etc).

I think we're blaming the phone for the problem as I see it: people have become much more "me! me! look at me!" with the advent of all the variety of social media that have sprung up. IIRC, Himself and I have never asked someone working to take a couple/group shot when we've been out. Not even pre-cellphone. I guess we're tech-savvy enough to know how to use the timer setting for pictures. I'll admit to taking a quick snap of my plate on a special occasion or at a once-in-a-lifetime restaurant, but I then eat and wait with uploading my photo until we're done eating. If there is time while waiting for the check I'll do it then. If we're getting ready to leave I'll stop just outside the restaurant so that I can tag the picture with where we're at. BUT dining at those special places take place so infrequently it's practically non-existent. On those rare occasions I just gotta brag a bit.
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I have two children - one with cancer and one that has had eight heart attacks. My phone goes everywhere with me and never gets shut off.
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