MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Slightly Out of Touch with Now-Now

Do you know that feeling when all you really want to do is escape the here and now? When you're fully aware that turning the occasional stroll down memory lane into a more permanent longing may not be the most productive way to enjoy your life and seize the blessed day — Yes, Mr. Keating, yes! Ding! — that patiently awaits you? You may be out of touch with now-now. I know I am.

What are the tell-tale signs of temporal out-of-touchness? If you don't know, you may be in trouble. Big trouble. Then again, it may be that you're so very much in the swim of all things modern, hip n' trendy that you are 100% clueless as to whatever might be torturing moi and the likes of me. Better make that us so I don't feel so self-centered. Let's see...

Do you refuse to switch on your smart phone every 5 minutes while you're pretending to be watching some movie at your local movie theater? I know you are pretending because you've been sending me a message every five minutes: "Hey, Blue, I'm watching The Floppit part 3. Too bad you have to work, Mr. Poopy Pants!" "Blue, you loser, this movie is great. I don't know what it's about, but it's pretty loud, alright!" "Haha Blue, you dipstick... if you were here, we could take a selfie. Say FLOPPIIIIIIIIIIIT! Don't I look good? These chairs really match my eyes, don't you think? Oh never mind that grumpy nutcase sitting next to me. He doesn't know bright light only hurts when you are, like, you know, like, a Gremlin haha! What a dick! OOPS!"

Do you read books? You're not a Facebook fetishist? You don't get upset when your professor Blue asks you to (1) study 50 pages plus (2) prepare yourself mentally for a final exam without your best pal and brain replacement tool Google? You don't? Well, I suggest we have a drink. Better make that a double. Bartender! What do you mean your attention span "isn't short"? Short is the new long. What are you thinking? Your laptop (a what?) has a CD-ROM player? Dear Lord! You must be a crazy old fool! Please don't say next you'd rather wear bootcut jeans than those top of the line ultra-hip balls-crushing skinny jeans that make you sound like the Bee Gees (who?)... And who uses the word hip anyway? What do you mean you love your momma more than you love the you that's really a ME? Here's a pill.

So I just step into my DVD time-machine and transport myself to a time when I was beyond hip. When visiting friends didn't mean sitting down and staring at your phone all evening. When sharing meant sharing, not sharing. Here's to us: a dying breed.

Blue Helmet's Now-Now

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104 comments:

  1. That's why I refused to get a cell phone for so long. And happy to report I spent the Thanksgiving holidays with family and friends and we actually talked and did things together! So old school.
    And I'd rather forget the Bee Gees.
    Not Spaceballs though. Last great Star Wars film to be made...

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    1. That's so true... the very last one. Ever.

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  2. I always have my phone off at the movies. Those mean suggestions on-screen really get to me.

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    1. How old school of you, Adam. If I was on Facebook, my thumb would.... go up.

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  3. People who have their noses buried in their cellphone bore me to death. As does Facebook.

    Cheers - from a dying breed.

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    1. Well, I'm glad you're still around, Wendy. Crrrrrrrrickey!

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    2. that is why Linda below and me are safe while gossiping the two of you over at Facebook :)

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  4. Hi Blue.....
    I have a cell phone...
    The only time I use it....
    Is when I am driving far by myself....
    Or....
    To call my boyfriend....from the store....to ask....
    "You want Fish for dinner?"
    It really bugs me when people talk on their phones as if they are all alone in the world.....could you SHUT THE F*** Up?
    Or....at least use a normal speaking voice.....geesh!
    Anyway....I am not a phone junkie...in any way, shape or form....
    But.....I do loves me my Ipad♥️
    Enjoy your Sunday...or is it Monday there already?
    Cheers Blue!
    Linda :o)

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    1. It's still Sunday. But my Sundays remind me very much of my Mondays and the other way around. So, what's for dinner?

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    2. You already know that!
      Vegetarian spaghetti.....crusty soft bread....Ceasar salad....apple pie!
      And.....you are late!

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    3. I know. I just like saying "What's for dinner?" Why? Because I'm always hungry. Late is my middle name. I'm out of touch with now-now...

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    4. I was just kidding, Linda. I'm exhausted and my throat is sore, but overall I'm doing just. I do feel a bit old, though...

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    5. Old?
      Sore throat from a cold?
      Old?

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    6. Yeah I'm afraid so, Linda. My friend sarcoidosis causes me to feel that way, but that's alright. I still look dazzzzzlingly handsome ;) No?

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    7. Absolutely....dazzzzlingly...for sure!
      Enjoy your week...hope you feel better......

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  5. I've never had a cell phone and probably never will. if someone wants to get a hold of me, they can leave a message on my home voice mail. lol

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    1. I never even care to listen to my voicemail, Mary. "This is Blue. If we have never met, don't say anything after the beep.If I know you and you know me, you know what not to do next."

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  6. I hear you Grumps, but I also see it as a necessary evil. How else am I going to talk to people half way around the world?

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    1. Ah the concept of conversing.... That's a whole other topic, Az. ;) I like it. (Thumb up.)

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  7. I'm happy that I don't have a smartphone, and I use my stupidphone only to call a taxi if I really need it and not much else :)

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  8. Did my last comment not post? Well, make room on the out-of-touch train for me. But to summarize my previous, now lost, salient and poetic point: If you learn to not care about being in touch, that makes you cool. You're like the Fonzie of the information age because you've risen above it.

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    1. The Fonz of the information age... Well, I know he'd be a hit on Facebook with his thumb and all ;)

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  9. I love thid little mr.mirror app is cute:)
    Sorry you know always I look your draws:))

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    1. Hi Gloria Dear! Did you say I am cute? No?

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    2. Here I go again!
      Yes you look so cute in this Star costume!! really cute!
      I had a mistake for this I delete dear professor:))

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    3. Now I have to give you a B-minus :p

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    4. B-minus?? Ha how you know this is my type of notes

      I only had A in english and history lol

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  10. haha - We both had Star Wars on the brain..how in the world
    did that ever come to be???? Oh Blue then will never be now
    as time is always now..you know that right? May the force be
    with you always...

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    1. I know that... but I'm a sucker for the good ole days.

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    2. Nothing wrong with memories and the good ole days..we can learn
      a lot in the journey through looking back..a song for you blue..

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VhNaXV8K4U

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    3. Can it be that it was all so simple then or has time rewritten every line? Sing along. Truedessa.

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    4. If we had the chance to do it all again
      Tell me, would we? Could we?
      Mem'ries, may be beautiful and yet

      singing with you...oh wait I have to check my phone..haha..just kidding.

      How about another song?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWuZMBtrc1E

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    5. You know I always love another song.

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  11. I HATE it when people are using their phones at the theater.

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    1. They switch it on to take selfies and to check for new messages... every five minutes. How can you find yourself so important? I mean, really...

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  12. You said a mouthful, Mr. Grump. Upon my hippocratic oath, I do believe the little suckers are also bad for your health. Carry that speakeasy in your pocket .... who said this world needs more kids anyway.

    i've mostly kicked the FB habit and do my gossiping on the land phone. I do carry the iPhone for the unusual camera shot (that I never seem to run into) Hahaha
    Listen to your heart, Blue Man

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    1. A whole mouthful, I'm afraid. I bet my Momma wants me to go wash my mouth right now or else. It's just that she taught me common decency, which I fear isn't all that common anymore. I'm out of touch with what is even though my inner child has always been looked after. It doesn't seem to matter one bit. Maybe that's the problem: in my heart I'm still.... the same.

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  13. My phone is off as soon as I go out the door, it is on when I am home at my shore, but other than that it stays the hell off. People can leave a message or go scoff. Doesn't bother me at all and facebook can stick it and it's update wall.

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    1. Stick it... Yep, Cat, you've said it before and here it is again...

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    2. Stick it stuck it and just say umm fluck it. Phones are super germy too. There are more bacteria on them then a public toilet seat. Just an fyi you might find neat

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  14. Oh, cell phones are so scary. When I lived in Honduras, of course I didn't have one, and it didn't matter one bit. But here in the U.S.? I can't imagine how someone would do without one. Which is not true reality, but I've been conditioned, ha ha.

    But I am glad that my group of friends all consider it rude to be on our cells while hanging out together. Of course, we're all old, so that might be why, ha ha :) Having said that, though, I have been known to sit and read my book while at a party when I'm bored, so I'm not sure that's any better :)

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    1. Conditioned is the operative word today, boys and girls. Well, I'm not against technology. I'm against rude behavior, is all. I don't want to have to look at human pussies (no joke) when I'm trying to watch a movie, really. Or read their messages or have to listen to how great their next selfie will be.

      You can read your book, Kianwi. When you're bored, you're bored, and no one's gonna hold that against you. Except, maybe, the host. ;)

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  15. I love Spaceballs - I've watched it maybe 22 times?!! Right now - I'm not in now - but have gone straight to plaid.
    Mirror app.? That's great. Your art work is clever. Yes, I remember the BeeGees. I am so out of touch - oh well.

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    1. Ah! A woman who loves Spaceballs! Why am I not surprised? Just don't call me Barf, okay?

      My mirror app also shows people who they really are...

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    2. We're combing the desert sir! Ooh, I'd like to stand in front of your mirror app - I can't remember if my hair is dirty blonde or mousy brown. Combing the desert.

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    3. That's what I call a big comb! I get your double joke, Dixie. :) Good one.

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    4. Sir - we've finished combing the desert.

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    5. Well, it's about time. Was I being too literal? Didn't I tell you to go right to ludicrous speed? Don't ever go over my helmet again, you hear?

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    6. Aw - bless your... um... come over here, remove your helmet and I'll massage your little... what is it you have under there anyway? Sir - I wasn't going over your helmet in that sense... I was polishing it(smile).
      I must have missed your ludicrous command (did that sound like an insult?)

      I've been hibernating in PLAID for a long time. It all began the day I finally understood, "Ludy in the sky with diamonds." (What-the-heck, plastasheen and marmelade?) Ludicrous is - to hit the wall. You might remember that Spaceballs scene? Your helmet got stuck, sir(smile).

      My most enjoyable mode of communication is face to face in my community. I'm alive and relieved of many debilitating issues. At one time,Facebook and my blogs contributed to my return of living fully. Cell phone etiquette has gone to ludicrous! However on those days I wish to talk to myself, yet continue to appear sane, I hold the phone to my ear. Believe me - no one takes notice.
      Granted, plaid doesn't go with everything but it comes it various sizes. Your helmet would look bigger in plaid.

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    7. Haha! Don't make me fall of this chair, now. I'm working here! I'm working here! Polishing it... haha! Mind the speed! I don't remember that moment in this um... movie. Just don't ever play it again, you hear? My poor little I mean BIG helmet... Just look at it...

      Face to face is the only way in my book, Dixie. Well, maybe not the only way, but it sure is the best way. And then there is blogging, which beats FB (AKA Blogger Light) any time of day.

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  16. I don't have a short attention span... oh look, sparkles!!
    I knew a guy who could text (without looking at his phone) and at the same time carry on a conversation (you know what a conversation is...that old fashioned thing we used to do by listening, making eye contact, and sharing meaningfuls). Even though he did it well, he drove me crazy. Put...the phone...down!

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    1. Go tell him, Lynda! I guess people have different priorities...

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    2. I did tell him...didn't stop him though. He didn't understand. So many people can't be parted by their phones. That's what I find strange. I'm feeling old. lol.

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    3. Common decency and age should not be related to one another. You're not old.

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  17. *blushing*

    I may have taken a picture of my son and he of me at the movies this weekend. But, it was only because they had recliner seats, the kind you'd have in your home if you were a king, and I just had to show my hubby how styling and profiling we were. But, I promise, I turned my phone off the moment the lights dimmed. Hehehe

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    1. I would've taken the exact same picture... before the lights dimmed.

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  18. I'm just glad that our little circle of friends has no desire to pull out their cellphones while we all hang out. I can't even remember the last time we took pictures of one another (let alone those awful 'selfies'). I've already got this great scrapbook called a brain. Stores millions of pictures that I can pull up any time!

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    1. You've got a brain? You must be old school :p

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  19. I am always on my phone...during work. Other than that its always near me, but never in my hands. Hahaha just don't tell my boss that. Actually, I am at work now, and on my phone, reading your page. :)

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  20. No smart phone for me, just an old(er)-fashioned cell phone that (mostly) makes phone calls. And there are a lot of things I don't like about "today." Guess we're in the same boat, more or less.

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  21. I'm still a hold out on the phone. And it annoys me when everyone's looking at their devices when they're out and about instead of talking to each other. I see it with every age group too. phft

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    1. Sorry... were you talking to me? I was just checking my facebook...

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    2. phft ;) Sorry, I was late on my response...I was checking my blog, hahaha Just as time-consuming as the devices, I do suppose (so my first statement may have been 'pot, kettle, black' although I don't blog when I'm out and about. ;) Merry Christmas to you while I'm here. :)

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  22. Hmmm. I'd better buy you a drink.......although I do have a smart phone, use face book & cant live without Google, I did finish reading a book this week, a real one not on an e reader & have already started a new one................

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    1. I could sure use a drink. So tell me about that book you're reading.

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    2. I could use a drink too!!!
      Nothing very interesting I'm afraid...........finished Gone Girl (sister loaned it to me) about a despicable married couple, didn't like either of them, currently showing in the cinema, but haven't seen it. Just started John Greens Paper Towns, a recommendation by my niece.

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    3. Well, it still beats reading mediocre essays... I've been grading a ton of those.

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  23. I have a smart phone and get chewed out all the time from friends and family for never answering it. If I am out and about, I want to experience what I went out and about for. Not missing everything by looking at my phone or talking to someone because they called me for stupid reason like "Hey! I just saved 30¢ on milk". My mom called me one day just to tell me she shoveled her driveway. Seriously!? I love my mama, but that did not warrant a phone call. This is why I don't take most calls, because they just aren't that important. I hate Facebook, though I do use it for blogging and posting an occasional photo for out of town family members. Those that feel the need to document every moment of their day need to be bitch slapped with their phones. I don't need to know every thought in your head every minute of the day. This social media stuff has gotten so out of hand thanks to the use of "smart phones" which, in my opinion, tend to dumb most people down.

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    1. Bitch slapped... Sometimes I think it's the only way, Theresa. I wonder what google has to say about the term upbringing. Does it meaning giving your two-year-old an iPad and pressing play?

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    2. It seems to be replacing the television as a babysitter. I just watched my 3 year old nephew navigate YouTube better than I ever could. His little fingers were swiping the phone so fast, it was ridiculous. I have stopped going out with certain friends because every time there phone makes a noise, they have to pick it up and look at it. Just like a trained monkey.

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    3. It sure seems that way. It doesn't only replace the babysitter, but also Mommy and Daddy: "Here's your iPad... Have fun."

      Trained monkeys, yeah. Do you reckon they'd like a banana-shaped phone?

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  24. SO true. We're still hip, I think! My stepdaughter has spent the past three months asking when we can drive 3 hours to spend time with some friends she has in East TN that are her age. Sure enough, we all get together finally and guess what she does? Spends most of the evening staring at her smartphone, texting her friends here in Nashville, of course. (Sigh.)

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    1. It's almost like the idea of connecting is more important than connecting.

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  25. I HATE IT when people fuck around with their phones during a movie. I always snip at them, and Mr. RK gets embarrassed. Maybe I'm just not hip enough.

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    1. Snip... I tell them to s the f up and switch of those damn phones. No need to get embarrassed.

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  26. Good one!!! Like you, I am not hip.

    I often wonder what has happened to our society. Technology rules. Technology has become the downfall of our society. It has reduced face to face meetings to almost nothing. Everything these days is done by electronically.

    Oh to return to simpler times, when no-one was tethered to their IPhone or computer. When people actually talked to each other face to face.

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    1. Technology is well on its way to becoming some people's god, really. When I'm at a party, half the people present are glued to their phone. It's communication 2.0.

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  27. The cell phone menace
    Opening up to be abused
    Just touch the surface
    Smiling alone when in use

    Engrossed by oneself
    Not bothered of others
    Nor need to socialize
    In one’s own world lost

    Hank

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    1. Engrossed by themselves I don't mind. Forcing everybody else to listen to them and watch them checking fb when you're trying to watch a movie is downright rude.

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  28. Is it sad and pathetic that I mainly use my phone as a clock? It kind of just sits in my purse when I go out and about, only making an appearance when someone asks me the time. I mean, I like technology, I really do. But I also believe that there has to be a limit, you know? Technology should be used to help us connect with other people, not to shut them out! But, sadly, the latter seems to be where we're headed these days...

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    1. Technology is our new religion. No? What time is it anyway?

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    2. It's 9:47 pm. 😄

      New religion? I'd buy that. Sad, really.

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    3. It makes me a darker shade of blue.

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  29. I went to a movie with a friend who wouldn't go 5 minutes without flipping on his fucking phone and texting throughout the entire movie. NEVER went with him again.

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  30. Facebook is a narcotic for which I haven't begun the 12-step program yet. But I've avoided owning a smartphone as of yet, and anyone who tries to replace my physical books with a Kindle or tablet will get a hardcover dictionary to the face.

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  31. Hey Blue dude,

    Yes I know, it took me 168 hours aka a week to finally get to your blog. Am I forgiven? Thanks, I knew you would understand.

    You guys have "cell" phones? I had no idea you were allowed phones in your cells. Although, I've seen a documentary on how you sneak in such phones. Technology has brought us a whole new rudeness. I have had people supposedly visit me. Yet, they spent more time texting their friends on their mobile phones than actually conversing with me. I decided to leave my own house for about an hour. When I came back, nobody had even realised I went out.

    Farcebook! Get it right!

    Gary :)

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    1. Who's counting the hours, Gary? I know I'm not. I'm out of touch with now-now, remember? Hey, good to hear from you again. Jail Bird Telephoning Device was such a mouthful.... Spare me the dirty details haha!

      Nobody had realized you went out? You should've phoned them, I guess....

      Farcebook it is!

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  32. Hope your day was a good one, Blue.

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    1. Hi Sandra. Well, I've worked about 12 hours. Other than that, it's ALL good :)

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  33. You're old skool cool Mr G, and thems my favourites. I sat and ate a meal with a friend last night whilst she sat talking to someone else on her mobile. I finished my dinner and walked out. Gave her the shock of her life. PUT YOUR BLOODY PHONE DOWN OR GO AND EAT AT A CAFE ON YOUR OWN. I'm not feeling very tolerant of late.

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    1. If I sat and ate a meal with you, I'd switch off my phone çause there's no way in hell anyone else in cyberspace would be more interesting than the real deal.

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