no cell phones would have ruined me

This weekend I drove to visit some friends of mine at Villanova, by way of Baltimore to pick up a friend at Loyola. Along the drive I got lost (of course) and when I called a friend to get directions (she was at her computer) and we had been over them and I couldnt figure out what road was which (no signs, obviously) she suggested I pull over at a gas station to figure it out. Not going to lie, I took one look at the places I was passing and decided to put gas prices out of my mind and just to figure it out on my own. Why would I do that? because the thought of getting out of the car and having to walk past all these men (at some places I could see men just sitting on the curb or walking in large groups) to go ask for directions, which clearly meant I didn't belong there was just too much for me to handle. Instead I spent 30 min on the phone with a friend until she figured out what to do and I got onto the road and on my way. This of course is all in areas that I was unfamiliar with. I hate that it was the fact that I couldnt even get directions without knowing I was going to be "attacked" (definately verbally, but I was in a bad part of Balitomore, I wasnt about to chance it physically) - what did we do in the age of no cell phones?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

seriously!! cell phones have totally changed everything. how many of us have made pretend to be talking on the phone as we walk past a group of hollering men just to have something to occupy us and remove us, at least mentally, from the situation?

how many times have we had a friend call us to get us out of a situation we feel too uncomfortable to just remove ourselves from ("you know, I gotta go, I gotta take this call")?

how many times has calling a cab or a friend to pick us up or find us or help us saved our lifes? or at least our sense of safety?

I wasn't old enough to have been out and about before the cellular age. For those of you who came of age in the beeper days, or pre-beeper days, what do you think?

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