Three of my kids have cell phones. They’ve had them for years now.
Yet, half the time when I try to reach them by telephone or text, I get no answer. Do you know why?
I’ll tell you.
It’s because they all keep their phones on “vibrate” only. This is excellent when you’re holding your phone in your hand or perhaps when you are concentrating on your pants pocket and can feel the buzz of the vibration.
However, if you are more than three feet from your phone, you will not hear it vibrate.
What’s up with using that setting? I’ve noticed my kids’ friends have the same thing happening . . . no ring tones, only vibrations. We went to pick up one of their friends the other day and seven phone calls and five texts went unanswered. Seriously. It’s weird.
Also weird is when you are with someone who goes into a trance every five minutes, reaches for their silent cell phone, texts a few words and then tucks the cell phone away, all without a sound.
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In other news, I inadvertently wore slippers to Costco today. I didn’t mean to, but after I picked up my son from school, he reminded me of something he urgently needed from Costco. I was wearing my moccasin-style slippers and I just pretended I was wearing super comfortable shoes.
I doubt anyone noticed, of course. Around here–maybe everywhere in America now–people wear their pajamas to stores. I’ve seen a polar bear fleece pajama pant, flannel pajama pants, obvious pink pajama pants. That is a line I just won’t cross. Slippers, maybe. Pajamas at WalMart? Uh, no.
So tell me. Do you keep your phone on vibrate? Do you wear pajamas in public?