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Maybe it’s because I lived in New York City for so long and visited for so long before that but I’ve always considered wireless devices to be my best bet. After being forced to deal with disgusting pay phones, answering machines which had no way of calling back, and standing out too long in the extreme hot or cold on a missed connection, I long ago chose wireless phones over home phones.
2000 was the last year I had a home phone and the transition has come off rather seamlessly. For years I had the “free” phone which you got when you signed up for a service contract. They were always simple, flip phones with none of the bells and whistles. But in 2010 my wife and I upgraded to “smart phones” and our lives have not been the same since. So many hours were spent finding directions, finding locations, finding ideas, resolving disagreements. Now? As long as we’re in a service area, we just flip open our phones and settle the score in time.
Of course, service has been an issue from time to time but it’s no different than a voice mail left when you’re not home. If I’m in a rural area for a few hours, I can go without my phone. When I am back in civilization, I am always able to reconnect with ease.
Cable has been something of a different animal, made that much simpler with the emergence of TV shows with the Internet.
When my wife and I have our own place we don’t usually have cable. We are currently staying with a friend in his cable equipped home but we rarely find ourselves on the cold leather living room couch. Instead opting for the relative privacy and warmth of our bedroom and the ease of viewing from our laptops. Usually we watch together but sometimes we will want to watch different things; it’s totally up to us.
The only sticking point for me in this cable exercise is live sports or when our friend sets up an HD movie. It is far superior to watch a film on his 60-inch screen with Dolby surround sound than our 18 inch laptop screens. Also for big sporting events I would rather usually watch these at home as opposed to the cable alternative of loud, packed bar.
Cutting the cord has been a snap and is something I will never likely go back to. In a related note I think it’s very interesting how many people got cell phone numbers so many years ago and have kept them straight through to today. I have had my current number for nine years and you can probably etch the number in my tombstone as that’s when the number and I are likely to part.
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