Lost and Loving It

September 3, 2008

FUN FACT: I almost never have my cell phone with me.

Jared and I have been cell phone carriers for approximately two-and-a-half years, and within that span of time I'd estimate that I've had my phone on my person for--I don't know--7% of the time?

If it's not lost, then it's fallen in the toilet. If it hasn't fallen in the toilet, then I probably backed over it. And if I haven't backed over it, then I simply have no darn-freaking clue where in the crap it is. It's as simple as that.

People are like--Amy, How can I get in touch with you?
And I'm like--You can't.
And they're all--But what if we need to talk?
And I'm all--We don't.

Currently, as you might have gathered, my cell phone is lost--it's been gone for about two weeks now. Three days ago, when I was playing with James in the driveway, I heard it give off what seemed to be it's last low battery signal.

After carefully processing that clue, I deducted that my phone was either A) in my car, or B) in the garage.

Except it wasn't. I looked and looked and cleaned and cleaned and it didn't turn up in either place. I think the old girl is gone for good, and I'm totally, completely okay with that. The socialphobic part of me never liked it much anyways.

I have an irrational fear of phones, like I'll pick it up and say--Hello?
And the person on the other end will be like--I was just calling to let you know that you look like a fraggle with your new haircut.

Weird, huh?

It's needless to say that I've been enjoying my time without a phone and without my intense and unexplainable fear of rejection creeping up everytime it plays the Charles in Charge theme song.

So if you need to reach me, please use my email address. I'll return your message just as soon as I come back from my Improving Self Esteem workshop.


Laura said...

You're the exact opposite of me - I feel helpless and lost without my phone. One time I broke it at 2 AM and had to wait until 10 AM to go to Verizon to get a replacement - I had nightmares and was FLIPPING OUT about being incommunicado for that long.

TheOneTrueSue said...

Are you at all surprised that I completely agree with this post? My husband keeps getting me cell phones. I almost never remember to bring my cell phone with me. I almost never turn it on. The battery is almost never charged.

And when it DOES ring, it gives me a sick feeling inside - I'm always sure it's a bill collector or someone calling to tell me that they think I suck. Because anyone who loves me would NEVER NEVER call me on it.

Laura said...

just one more way we're alike. I have a phone... somewhere. It's usually turned off, though. I just don't don't have any reason to stay in touch with anyone!

Ian said...

I can't live without my cell phone, heck I even take it with me when I go running.

When our kids were born, the hospital had all these signs instructing me to turn of my cell phone and even though I thought there was a possibility that it would somehow interfere with hospital equipment and endanger my wife and/or kids I still left it on. I did, however turn it to vibrate which was a really big step for me.

Heather of the EO said...

I'd be scared of my cell phone too, if it was bright red and had a kid attached to it! Geez, I'm glad you lost that phone too.

The Three 22nds said...

My phone? What phone? Oh...yeah...I guess I have one somewhere. Everytime I call it to try to find it, it is on vibrate or has no battery. Eventually it turns up. But it is pretty much useless to me. My husband doesn't even have one.

Michelle Glauser said...

Wow, so THAT's why you cleaned the garage! Yeah, phone, schmone. I hate when people through email say that I should just call them. A guy did that just this week. I gave him my cell phone number, but he wrote back saying it was wrong. Oops! So I changed it, and he wrote back again saying it was still wrong. I don't even know my own cell phone number! I checked on the third time and he was finally able to call me. I also have this irrational fear of phone calls, and taking calls in another language just exacerbates the problem. My mom's always said that I need to get over this fear to live in the real world, but emails are just so much better! She needs to start using email to live in the modern world. :)

JAMIE said...

Why didn't I think of having Charles in Charge as my ringtone? :)

Just know that this makes you old, it's official. The *young* generation are always connected. ;)

Mindy said...

I hate cell phones. So with you on this one!

Grandma said...

fraggle?...you got me! When people need to phone home about which turkey to buy at the deli,I want to say "take a chance...go wild!"

Jessi said...

I so envy you people who aren't addicted to your cell phones! I keep trying to break up with mine, but it just won't go away!!

Michelle Kemper Brownlow said...

This was AWESOME!
My friends are ALWAYS on me for not having/answering my phone.

I'm sorry, why do I need to be at ANYONE'S beckon call? (besides my children) Before cell phones you had to actually wait for the person to be home....gasp....the horror? nah, my HEAVEN!

chattypatra said...

I didn't own a cell phone until I moved here. I figured it'd be wise to get one, since I didn't know anybody when I arrived and was living alone. Therefore, it seemed sensible to have a way to call 911 in case I got lost around Loop 12 or had a flat tire.

This turned out to be a wise choice the night I left school at 10pm, only to find out I had left the lights on and now had no battery power. The parking lot was in a corner south of the city, in a hinky and pretty desolate area and, since all school personnel had already left, I would have been dead before dawn.

Now I know what a security blanket feels like! :)

My cell phone - I don't leave home without it!

Desert Survivor said...

Our cell phone has been lost about two weeks too. I haven't missed it till today when I had to use a payphone. Good luck finding yours!

Harshes said...

Hey, I lost my phone too! Annabelle put it somewhere, so after a few weeks, I called and cancelled the service. We can't afford it anyways. So freeing, isn't it?

Patty said...

don't worry, i have my cell phone on my 100% of the time, and only answer it about 50% of the time. i loathe talking on the phone, and tell people "if you want to get some kind of response out of me, you had better send me an email, otherwise it's a lost cause". what has society done to me?!?