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14 / Michigan Farmer August 2006 ■ Michigan Editorial Addiction to cell phone is hard to break By JENNIFER VINCENT the store hoping to reach him, only to your relationship with your cell phone CELL phones are a beau- Editor’s Note hear, “Sorry, he just left.” You literally passed each other on the road. has been severed — either through your own obtuseness in misplacing it or by tiful thing — except when Or, how about when you’re out ﬁxing the particularly savvy ﬁngers of a thief. they are out of service, outside the 7-11. (As for rotary dials, fences and a particularly feisty heifer low on battery or, worst of kids will really be dumbfounded by that ﬁgured a way to outmaneuver you. In Cell phone withdrawal all, just plain missing. concept.) the process of trying to herd her back That was the case for me about a month Technology has so Remember when you sent your hired in, three others got out. Oh, wouldn’t ago. I “lost” my cell phone for about spoiled us. Children born hand to the parts store only to realize ﬁve a cell phone have been a handy unit to three days. The inconvenience of not today will not know what a phone minutes after he left that you told him call for additional manpower? having instant communication was only booth is, or at least the traditional the wrong part, or you needed another What would we do without them? the beginning of the pain. I had num- kind equipped with a phone book and gizmo to get the job done? Running from I hope you will never have to go bers in there that I had nowhere else a push-button phone attached to a pole the ﬁeld to the home phone, you called through the sheer panic of realizing — not on paper and not in my head. I used to memorize phone numbers and be able to recite them back in seconds. But now, with this handy cell phone, all I have to do is plug in the number and give it a name. I don’t have to know the number; I simply click on the name and the phone dials it for me. What luxury we live in these days! And, as the years of age begin to set in, using less memory cells for phone numbers is a bonus. That is, until your crutch is missing! I did what most people do in these situations: I called family members in for questioning (I do have a preteen daughter under my roof) and then or- dered a full-house search. Couch cush- ions were overturned; the garage was fully canvassed; bedrooms were inves- tigated; the ofﬁce was searched; and every nook and cranny under the car seats were probed. When that effort turned up fruitless, there was hope that maybe someone had found it and would answer if I called my own number. If it was around the house, maybe I’d hear it ring. That too, failed to result in any procurement. It was then time to backtrack to every gas station, store or home that I’d visited in the day prior, but again, to no avail. All along, I’m thinking I’d misplaced it somewhere. But with three days gone by, I wondered if someone stole it. This brought on an uneasy feeling, one only topped by the time when I was in New Orleans, La., at a business seminar (before Katrina) when slick hands were able to unzip my purse, grab my wallet and rob me of my identity without my knowledge. I immediately called my credit card companies, but the thieves still managed to rack up several thou- sand dollars in purchases, of which were waived by the credit card company that failed to quickly act on my report. Had I waited too long to put a stop on my phone? Should I have shut my ac- count down? Was a phony Jennifer out there making long-distance calls to the land Down Under on my dime … or more like my dollars? Was having a cell phone too much responsibility and too much risk? About then, my youngest daughter, At NAPA, we have over 310,000 parts. Parts that are built to stand up to the tough demands of your Emily, dashed into the kitchen bel- ag business. And from heavy-duty batteries to tools to filters and fluids, if it carries the NAPA name, lowing, “Guess what I found?” you know it not only meets the manufacturer’s specs it often exceeds them. It’s no wonder that people To read the rest of the story and ﬁnd who count on their parts count on NAPA. out where the phone ﬁnally surfaced, and more importantly, what you can do to protect yourself if your cell phone is lost 800 • LET• NAPA / www.NAPAonline.com or stolen, log on for a Web Exclusive at www.MichiganFarmer.com. For more information To learn more, visit our Web site at www.MichiganFarmer.com
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