Remember back when the only way to reach someone remotely was to either make a phone call, write a letter or send a postcard? Wow, that really makes me feel old.

I remember when we upgraded our phone from the tabletop rotary dial version to one of those push button slimline phones in the 60s. It was like we had just moved into the future with this fancy phone. And we switched from a party line to a private line. Now that was considered moving up the modern living ladder in our household.

Fast forward a few decades and look at how much we have progressed with ways to communicate with each other. I can't recall exactly how many mobile phones I've gone though, from those big clunky bag phones to my current phone that is basically a mini computer.

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Call me old fashion, but I still prefer communicating with people through a phone call. I am not a fan of the use of video conferencing. It's become a big thing since the pandemic began as you know. I'm just not comfortable being on these face to face calls. There's no way to hide the fact that I don't want to be on the call. My face is right there for all to see.

And my biggest gripe? Texting. Yes, phone texts have their place in the world and many people text as their primary mode of communication. I do not. Yes, I do text when it's necessary or more convenient than making a call. But, and I tell all my family, friends and co-workers, if you really need to get a hold of me quickly, call me, Don't text.

I will not see any incoming texts until the next time I pick my phone. I don't have sounds turned on to alert me because if I do, the sound is also tied to my three e-mail accounts and other features of my phone, so it would be making noise non-stop.

Of course, I get picked on for not checking my texts as often as I can only imagine most other people do, but I have no plans to change. Need to get ahold of me? Dial those seven digits and let's talk.

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