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November 8, 2004

set me off

Omigawd...Queen Latifah is set to play Auntie Em in the Muppets version of The Wizard of Oz. It's going to be a made for TV movie, but Muppet specials usually rock. I am still mourning the cancellation of The Muppet Show.

In related Queen Latifah news, I've decided if things get really bad in this country I'm going down like her character Cleo in the movie Set It Off. There's nothing like waking up to my radio alarm clock and the first thing I hear this morning is that Bush is planning on another push to amend the Constitution to make same-sex marriage illegal. And here I thought it was just a campaign strategy and wedge issue.

But I'm not sure if that beats waking up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday. Looking forward to sleeping in on Sunday, I happily do not set the alarm Saturday night. At 9:30am Mr. Leaf Blower starts his day right across the street. Grrr! There's a special place in hell for those that use motorized lawn equipment before 10am, I'm sure of it.

The day got even shittier as I had to field the usual flurry of hysterical, delerious and thoughtless calls a few hours before D&D that I usually get before a gaming session. The requisite cancellations, and of course the most annoying reason for a call, the hated question, "What time are we playing again?" usually followed by the brainless question "What time is it now?" This is after a reminder two weeks and a week before by e-mail, which clearly stated the time and location of the gaming session. This question is asked by people with digital PDAs and personal assistants, who have advanced degrees. And we always play at the same time on Sundays, and they always call right before we play. Total thoughtless knee-jerk cell phone abuse. Not one, but several people do this, all of whom have a reasonable I.Q. What bugs me is that they don't bother to even make a mental note of it, when I had been prepping for the gaming session for almost 4 hours of my own time over the weekend. I've said before I've been reconsidering this group a lot, because it seems like an afterthought for most of the players. I know it's for fun and just a game, but it does require minimal commitment, either in thought or time.

I blame cell phone addiction. People have become lazy with cell phones... they think if they can call someone impulsively and without thought, why bother writing something down or even taking a moment of cognitive silence to remember a simple fact? I am not asking for an eidetic memory here folks. You see this with people travelling or tourists in DC...easier to just call on your cell phone than to plan in advance, get an address beforehand, or print out a map. For example, minutes before BlogJam was to begin, I actually got a call from someone asking, "What time is BlogJam again?". Missy, I just might be busy if I'm organizing the thing. Impulse has replaced politeness and having to plan.

And don't get me started on public cell phone use. Nothing says, "I'm totally bored with you people," than someone text messaging amongst a group of friends. If a guy answers a cell phone call during a date, it's over cuz he's a flake, period. If he makes an obvious gesture to turn off his cell phone just before a dinner date, I'm in love. Or howabout the "I'm driving cross-country and I'm bored so I thought I'd give you a call," phone call of aimless yammering? And of course, we all want to hear the details of your personal life from your loud cell phone conversation on the bus or subway.

Posted by jimbo at November 8, 2004 9:34 AM

Comments

I don't answer my cell phone on dates, never ever. I'm pretty tired of overhearing other people's loud cell phone conversations too.

Posted by: homer at November 8, 2004 10:10 AM

Amen, and then amen some more.

Posted by: ADD at November 8, 2004 1:49 PM

Sweetie, a light breeze can set you off.

Posted by: chrisafer at November 8, 2004 2:03 PM

Jimbo,
My all-time favorite cell phone misuse happened when I worked at the ticket counter of an airline. There is line of passengers a football field long, and Mr. Happy is checking in while on his precious cell phone. I got the point where I would just stop the check in process until he finished his call or noticed that I was waiting for him and just standing there. Before 9-11 I would have actually interact with these boobs and ask those stupid "have you packed your own bags?" questions and they would be oblivious to me. Happy days!

Posted by: fstclss at November 8, 2004 3:38 PM

Haha...you're one my favorite blog-nerds.

Posted by: Jeff at November 8, 2004 10:05 PM

Two cellphone pet peeves of mine are talking on one while driving (pull the flock over first before you have a flocking accident!!!) and the other is during a play or movie.

Posted by: Lee at November 9, 2004 12:45 AM

Oh! Ands thanx for mentioning about the new Muppets movie! I can't wait!

Posted by: Lee at November 9, 2004 12:50 AM

I'm sure you'd be pleased to know that it's illegal in Germany to use any motorized lawn equipment before noon on the weekends. Punishment includes a heavy fine and shunning. It is also illegal for school buses to honk outside your house before 7am.

Posted by: copperred at November 9, 2004 9:39 AM

knowing that queen latifah will kick ass as auntie em, i feel validated for acting that very same role in our 5th grade production of wizard of oz. doroooothy....

Posted by: kiri at November 9, 2004 10:14 AM

my fave is the ringing phone on the bus, conversation goes "hello...i'm on the bus...I'll be home in 10 minutes...okay bye" whereas in the days before cellphones someone stood in the kitchen and thought "probably on the bus, probably be home in 10 minutes"

Posted by: josh at November 13, 2004 5:58 PM