RinG RinG

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New Yorkers who blithely cross the street listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine.

three pedestrians in his Brooklyn district have been killed since September upon stepping into traffic while distracted by an electronic device. In one case bystanders screamed “watch out” to no avail.
New York may ban iPods while crossing street
Tech-consuming New Yorkers trudge to work on sidewalks and subways like an army of drones, appearing to talk to themselves on wireless devices or swaying to seemingly silent tunes.

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Do y’all find cell phone users annoying too?

What factor is #1 on yer list.

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The rap or heavy metal mobile phone’s ring tone. Ba boom boom boom. musicaniuddy.gif

The loudness level of the talker. Whaaaaa?..Can you hear me now! phone-girl-talk2.jpg

The defenseless you feel when your’e subjected to “too much information” from the person yakkin.

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The peeps who “forget” to turn off the dang phone during movies or public performances, when you just blew $75 on the ticket. Ooops. phone-kids-talk.jpg

The folks who seem to be wearing 17 wireless devices on their belt, in their ears, on their heads….and who knows where else. phone-cell.gif

What say you sweet friends?

The bathtub was invented in 1850 and the telephone in 1875. In other words, if you had been living in 1850, you could have sat in the bathtub for 25 years without having to answer the phone.
Bill DeWitt, 1972

Oh, and by the way, if your’e ever in New York……..phone22ani.gif
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21 Responses to “RinG RinG”

  1. wordsmith says:

    I find the preponderance of cell phones annoying, when there is a lack of a code of courtesy in how and where one uses them, out in public. I find it annoying standing behind someone at the register, on a cell phone, when the attention of the person on the phone should be on the cashier. It is rude, and it is annoying.

    Still, I don’t think there should be a law like this. It reminds me of places where some kid suffocates himself with a plastic bag; and so now plastic bags are banned from schools.

    Some people just can’t multi-task and prioritize very well; others can. When I’m on the phone (yes, on the road), which isn’t done frivolously, the majority of my brain power is on the road. I am not on the phone where I need to use my brain to think about complex issues; just to let someone know I’m running late, or whatever. But I never lose sight of the fact that I need to pay attention to the road. I’ve always been a good multi-tasker. But that’s me.

  2. Debbie says:

    I posted on this yesterday. Stupid isn’t it.

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  4. cube says:

    Nanny state regulations are out of control. I would rather have people use common sense, but as we all know, common sense isn’t so common.

  5. nanc says:

    one of our guys was in the office a few months ago while i was preparing some paperwork for him. it was very quiet and all of a sudden and quite loudly:

    ANSWER YOUR PHONE, STUPID!!!!!!!!

    came screaming out of his right front pocket – i about fell out of my chair!

    yes – i find cell phone use annoying on the road, in the stores, in my home and we have ours for family contacts mostly for when the kids are at games or such. i pull over to the side of the road if i have to use mine, but about nine out of nine people i see on the road don’t and these people do cause accidents.

    it’s a common sense issue, not a criminal or civil issue.

    all these silly laws when we don’t even enforce the more important ones? what next – everyone must wear blue on tuesdays?

  6. nanc says:

    p.s. if i wear sunglasses here it’s not so bad on my eyes…

  7. hnav says:

    now, how do we know each case of death, was not really a form of sad suicide, brought on by the prospect of the mindless, unethical, corrupt Democrats in NY?

  8. Joe Gringo says:

    Wow……..now cell phones kill people. They give you cancer and make you get hit my cars.

    About 1 year ago at church, a cell phone went off, the lady answered it and talked for about 15 seconds, our Priest walked over to her, crossed his arms and in a very friendly was asked her if that was God calling her. Everyone chuckled, even the lady……..his point was made in a nice way.

  9. serendip says:

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  10. Perri Nelson says:

    Cell phones don’t kill people. People do.

    The problems we see with cell phones and iPods are just symptoms of a bigger problem.

    How self-absorbed are we that we can be totally oblivious to our surroundings just because we’re distracted by our cell phone or our iPod? Now we can see that some people are self-absorbed to the point where it’s fatal.

    Cell phones and iPods make the problem more obvious, but last week I was driving to work and noticed that the person in the car next to me was reading a novel – while driving. The book was propped open and resting across the steering wheel!

    Other people read the newspaper while driving, or block their entire windshield with maps trying to figure out where they are. This is just as bad, if not worse than driving with a cell phone plugged into your ear.

    Technology isn’t the problem. Stupidity and thoughlessness are the problem.

    Thanks for another great post Angel.

  11. Angel says:

    Thanks for the comments..so who’s calling me huh? :)

  12. Christi says:

    Great post, Angel. I think a lot of people love getting calls in public because they think it makes them look important and needed – as if the world would come to a screeching halt if somebody, somewhere couldn’t get in touch with them immediately.

    I have a cell phone but I leave it in my Jeep when I go into a public place and I wish others would do the same but I don’t think it’s up to the government to rule when, or when we can’t, use our electronics. The majority of Americans can still walk and chew gum – or talk on their phone – at the same time.

  13. Gayle says:

    More laws aren’t needed Angel; common-sense is what’s required. Shame there are so many bereft of it! There is one law that I would like to see passed though, and that is the level of boomboxes. If people want to destroy their ears, fine. but must they attempt to destroy mine as well? I’m afraid one of these days I’m going to go stark-raving mad being forced to sit at a light with my windows shut and my ears being raped by the BOOM-A-BOOM-A-BOOM of the bass being forced on me by the idiot in the car next to me. Even out here in the country it’s a problem. :(

  14. David says:

    Angel, “… three pedestrians in his Brooklyn district have been killed since September upon stepping into traffic while distracted by an electronic device”?

    Call it cosmic justice or evolution in action (hand ‘em their Darwin Awards), either way, it’s fitting.

    Harsh? Not really. Harsh would be a, “I missed the last few cell phone users, but my aim’s improving” bumper sticker.

    But Gayle, I do NOT think it’d be too harsh to have a bumper sticker that read, “I missed the last headbanger boombox car, but my aim’s improving.” In fact, I think installing a “sonic cannon” to deal with idiots like that would be fitting. “But officer, I wa just sharing the 1812 Overture with them! (at 500+ highly-focused decibels)”

    *heh*

  15. benning says:

    We must fight this tooth-and-nail! How else can we thin the human populace of fools? Sheesh!

  16. Brooke says:

    I don’t think it’s anyone’s place to tell me how and where I can use electronic devices… It’s my responsibility to use them with care!

    More nanny state? No thank you.

  17. KKarLLmMMm says:

    WHAT DID YOU SAY…i am sorry i could not hear you, my cellphone rang, while my ipod was playing,while jaywalking against the light!!!!

  18. InRussetShadows says:

    The reason why the law is passed is because other laws have been passed which forbid people from dealing with the rude and oblivious people in society. In olden times, if someone was being obnoxious, the store owner could kick them out. Not so today. The store owner can be sued for discrimination, mental anguish, hostile work environment, and on and on and on.

    I find the majority of cellphone users to be arrogant, egotistical, oblivious, rude, and generally obsessed with their self-importance to the detriment of everyone else around them. Really, why the heck do you have to be reachable 24-7? I like my privacy and that’s a big reason why I don’t have a cell phone.

  19. Angel says:

    Thanks so much y’all for the feedbacks!…ring ring. Heh. ;)

  20. Cao says:

    This is completely idiotic. I mean why should we legislate common sense?

  21. michael says:

    I live in a country where’s there’s 4 cell phones and an MP3 for every person. Scary, isn’t it?

    Personally, I miss the “good ol’ days” of my youth (all the way back in the early 1980′s), when a cell phone was a luxury that only your parents had, and Hershey bar was still 25 cents at the corner store.

    Ah, well…