Monday, May 26, 2008
CELL PHONE CRAZIES
"I'm at the corner of 36th and Third Avenue. (2 minutes later) Now I'm at 34th and Third."
This is a phone conversation I overheard in Manhattan between a young man in his mid 20s and somebody on the other end who either needs constant reassuring or thinks his caller is a mental case. Does anyone really need to know your freaking location every 2 minutes? For some screwballs, the answer is apparently yes.
Martin Cooper, who started working for Motorola in 1954, is generally given credit for inventing the cell phone, a real clunky model back then. He worked on the first portable hand-held police radio, and was the first one to make a phone call using a cell phone.
But you can bet your ass Mr. Cooper didn't call friends or cops to announce his whereabouts every few minutes.
As most people know, cell phones give off radiation. And although nothing has been proven yet, it is suspected that these little buggers can contribute to such health concerns as cancer, seizures, and changes in brain activity.
The part about changes in brain activity might explain some other aberrant behavioral patterns I've noticed about cell phone users.
They like to speak in public places in booming voices while disclosing personal information that they should keep to themselves rather than sharing with me.
"Oh please, Edna … my husband the skunk has been having an affair with Lydia the skank for years."