I’m going to share with you two more letters I’ve received regarding the cell
phone issues we’ve been discussing in this space.
Then, I promise, I’ll let it rest.
(If you need to catch up to speed, check our recent archives.)
A solo entertainer who works the tourist circuit in the Tampa Bay area shared an
interesting viewpoint. He says he does not understand why people come to
Florida….”a place replete with sunshine, palm trees, gorgeous sunsets, white
sand, and stunning vistas…and seem to spend their entire trip chained to their
smartphones and ignoring their surroundings.
“At one resort’s pool,” he writes, “I once observed a table of four middle-aged
adults doing nothing but staring at their cell phones for virtually the entire
time they were there. I just don’t get it. I live in one of the most beautiful
parts of the U.S., and yet these people choose to sit and vegetate, breathlessly
watching for the next electronic byte to arrive.
“Why can’t they take a walk on a nearby beach? Get some sun. Look for dolphin.
Watch for a manatee. Pick up shells. Heck, can’t you just have an actual
conversation with someone at your table?”
And then he closes by saying, “I guess we all need to vent a little once in a
A Michigan couple takes it a step farther. “Add in texting,” they say. “It can
prove near fatal. Check this story from our local paper:”
“Last week a Benton Harbor, Michigan, resident fell into a frigid river
while walking on a pier trying to send a text message. She had passed the point
of the pier where the railings end, and after typing out the first three words
of the message, she found herself submerged in six feet of cold water trying to
“Her husband jumped in after her along with a 19-year old bystander.
Fortunately, all three escaped unharmed.”
The lady who fell then said, “Don’t text and walk. It can be dangerous.”
The prosecution rests its case.