And no bells ring..

I like my new telephone, my computer works just fine, my calculator is perfect, but Lord, I miss my mind!  ~Author Unknown


9 months old and defunct

How quickly we have all become dependent on the trappings of modern day living.  Particularly our mobile phones that we take with us everywhere.

I can still remember the original mobile phone I had.  It was as large as a brick and had its own carry case that I slung over my shoulder.  I wish I had a photo of that one.  We also both had car-phones – tres chic and frightfully avant-garde.

On Friday I dropped my latest phone into a deep puddle of water as I was getting out of the car.  It didn’t seem to do it much harm.  I dried it and it appeared to work just fine.  However, on Saturday afternoon when driving it gave a strange popping noise and died.  I don’t really know how well it was working up until then because several people told me they called me during the time  I thought it was still working.

Anyway, the upshot is that even though this phone is only 9 months old, if it gets wet it isn’t covered under warranty.  So off to buy a replacement.

I have shied away from these smart phones saying I only needed mine to make and receive calls and texts to and from grandsons, to use as a phone book and very occasionally to take photos.


Several hours later the deed is done and I am back home.  In a couple of days I shall be the proud possessor of a new iphone with all the bells and whistles, most of which I will probably never use.  Oh how we are all seduced by modern technology.

And from a particular favourite of my children when they were growing up:

“Two old chairs, and half a candle,
One old jug without a handle
These were all his worldly goods
In the middle of the woods,
These were all the worldly goods
Of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò,
Of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò.”
From Edward Lear‘s
‘The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bongy-Bo.

The Yongy Bongy Bo

From my book published in 1966 - the original published in 1894

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21 responses to “And no bells ring..

  1. Judith you have arrived! I expect to hear all about the apps you are downloading!


  2. I’m sure your grandsons will be pleased with your choice of purchase. I no longer update my phone even when I’m eligible for the FREE upgrade because I abhor contracts! Putting my wet phone in a bag of rice for 24 hours usually does the trick but if not, my phone insurance allows me to get a “free” replacement for $50. If they cannot supply me with the same phone, they upgrade it for free to a compatible (but outdated in today’s world) model. Good luck with your new technology!


    • Hi Debbi – I didn’t know about the rice trick and my phone insurance has a $150 excess. I always have had a contract and it just ticks over. Luckily the current one will expire in a few days time so the accident was quite timely. I now have to start a whole new learning process. 🙂


  3. The smart phones are much too intelligent for me to use! I can barely function with a cheesy one!


  4. I’m a technology hold out, too. Mostly because the monthly fees for the all ‘stuff’ is outrageous. And really, I’m on the internet enough at home…I don’t need it portable so I can ignore my friends and family when we’re away from home!

    My phone has a keyboard for texting, but the service is disabled because I refuse to pay the fees.

    I’m glad you got current with the iPhone. I bet you’ll like it and use it more than you think. When the kids are in their teens, I’ll probably be thrust into technology, too 🙂


    • No doubt next week when I visit the family my eldest grandson will give me lessons. So I will no doubt post some of the strange, weird and wonderful things that happen with this new phone. 🙂


    • I have the same phone and lack of service as you, Janna! I’m not the only person with no texting capability! lol


  5. You sound a bit like meabout phones. I’ve looked at iphones but am sticking with my old wind-up one for the moment


  6. I predict you will love your new iphone. Your grandchildren will teach you whatever you need to know about it. Mine did.


    • Hi Pat. I am getting it on Thursday so next Wednesday when I meet up with my No 1 grandson – he’s no 1 because he is the eldest – he will show me all the clever things it can do.


  7. Nooooo! You succumbed to the smart phone? Oh goodness, Judith. I’ll pray for you. (hahahaha!) Enjoy your new gadget. Though I don’t have a smart phone, I do enjoy playing with everyone else’s phone. Um. Can I come over and visit?


  8. Judith, I am so glad to see you got an iPhone! I know you are going to love it. I don’t have one, but maybe one day…My daughter, son-in-law, and eldest granddaughter have them, and all the grandkids (except the baby) know their way around those phones. You will be the hippest grandmother (but they probably call it something besides “hippest” these days). Can’t wait to see all the cool stuff you show us!


    • As we say – watch this space. The phone was supposed to be ready to pick up yesterday (Thursday our time) but it still hadn’t arrived at close of business today. And so I wont now have it until Monday. Hey ho!
      And hippest grandmother – my grandsons already say I am not like a real grandmother. And I take it as a compliment. so I guess they will be blown away when granma gets her iphone.


  9. You’ll have a nicer phone than me…I have yet to buy a smart phone. I can’t upgrade until December unless I want to pay a ridiculous fee so I must wait. I think eventually all that will be available ARE smart phones so I suppose everyone with cell phones will have to buy one or do without, huh?


  10. Sometimes its scary how much we rely on modern technology. I can still remember a time when the biggest, most complicated computer I had used was a calculator. 🙂


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