I spent five days on a cruise ship last week, and I think the most jarring part of the whole trip for me wasn’t the parasailing, or the snorkeling, or the frightening amount of people in America who have lots of tattoos.
It was that from Monday at noon until Friday afternoon, I had no cell phone. No connections whatsoever. No checking voicemail, nothing.
It was wonderful. It was liberating. I was completely disconnected, with no one from the outside world to talk to or check in on.
Honestly, It was also a little bit of torture. Because while I don’t smoke or drink, I do have one addiction.
My cell phone.
Actually, I should say phones, plural, since I have a personal cell and a work cell (I have to have two; I can’t have all the personal calls showing up on the bill for my work phone, and I don’t want to waste hundreds of minutes a month on my personal cell making calls to the Seabreeze volleyball coach. My friend Tony sees me with two and calls me a drug dealer. He thinks he’s funny).
I’m on the phone constantly. I actually get annoyed when I miss a call. Sometimes I call people just to call them, with no real purpose. What can I say, I’m a people person who loves talking to people.
But it’s a real problem when, on the game show Julie and I were on during the cruise, she was asked “What’s the first thing Michael touches in the morning?” and she answered “cell phone” in like three seconds flat.
I don’t think I can break the habit cold turkey, and I don’t want to. Think about how many times a day your cell makes your life a little bit easier. Maybe you’re calling from the road to say you’re stuck in traffic and will be home late. Or you set up an appointment on the way home, saving you 5-10 minutes of work.
I just wish I wasn’t so dependent on it. I enjoyed that feeling on the cruise, and I want to get it back, at least a little at a time.
I’m going to try to wean myself off the phones a little.
But quitting glue-sniffing was probably a lot easier.
**So I must give a hat-tip to Pearlman for alerting me to this great Rachel Maddow clip, from last week. There’s no ranting, no raving, just clear, plain-spoken talk about how deceitful and misguided the media’s coverage of politics has become, and how lying by political groups no longer seems to be a bad thing.
Check it out, it’s worth the 8 minutes.