Friday, September 7, 2012

And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats..............

 Alternate title:  "Giving in to assimilation"

Several years ago, I wrote a post about technology. I might have likened people using hands free Bluetooth headsets to the Borg from Star Trek.

You have to admit, it's a little scary.

I used to silently (and sometimes not so silently) mock the people who wore these devices in public. 

I thought they looked silly.

 Because, seriously, they had to have those things stuck in their ear all the time, I began to wonder if some of them had actually had these devices surgically installed in their brains.
They were everywhere, the grocery store, restaurants, sporting events, these people were everywhere!

Then my husband decided that I should have one for my phone so my hands would be free so I could talk on the phone while driving or working.
At first I didn't think it would make that much difference, (and I don't get that many calls while in the car anyway) but then I tried the headset.

(choirs of angels singing)

I was immediately converted to the use of this funny looking little gadget, especially when I discovered that I could use it to watch movies and listen to music from my phone. No more getting bored while waiting at the orthodontist or dentist! (or anywhere else)

The best part is that my hair is long enough that it covers the device and no one can see that I'm using it!

Then random people started talking to me out of the blue. Apparently, when people can't see the Bluetooth, they automatically assume that I'm talking to them, which I guess is understandable.....

Then last week my brother called me and handed the phone to his super adorable, newly potty trained 2 1/2 year old daughter. I had a conversation with her while walking into the store. I noticed that people were giving me strange looks and I thought they were being rude.

Until I realized that they were only hearing my side of the conversation.

"Wow! Big girl underwear are awesome! You're such a big girl, using the potty! I'm so proud of you for using the potty! I think daddy should give you a treat for being such a big girl!" 

Perhaps I shall start wearing my hair in a ponytail.


Just SO said...

Haha! I would have loved to have seen those looks!
My phone is dying a slow death and we are not in a situation to get a new one at the moment. If people want to call and talk to me that fine but they can't hear me when I answer back. Texts still work fine though!

Bonnie the Boss said...

With only one good ear, I have issues with hearing people anyway. So I probably won't ever go over to the dark side. But I do appreciate the belly laugh you just gave me. Most of the time these days I just figure people aren't talking to me.

Anonymous said...

All right, I'm sold on the device! But I also appreciate the word of caution about Bluetooth hairstyles.

Me (aka Danielle) said...

I have fallen victim..thinking people are talking to me, only to discover they were on the phone. I should look into a headset for my phone..

Jessica G. said...

Hey, I'm proud of you and your big girl underwear, too.

And have no fear; I will continue to mock you for all sorts of things, not just your choice of headgear.

mCat said...

I thought I really wanted one of those until I came to the realization that I really hate talking on the phone. If I could say the words and have the contraption text it for me, that would be awesome. Except in church when I text silently.

marythemom said...

Resistance is futile. Gonna have to get one soon. *sigh* I too have always felt people look like Borg with them!


M said...

lol - I have yet to try one and I'm afraid because I seriously loved headsets as a general rule.

By the way, you totally had me with the title. I quote that line WAY too often.

Mom of 12 said...

Time for a new post!

Threeundertwo said...

Must. Resist.

Argh. I'm still in the "I'll never" camp. And here I'm always telling the kids to "never say never." I feel little better reading about your conversion.

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