September 9th, 2006


Non-Fiction: The Modern, Mobile, World

I would like to start using my cell phone again, not as an emergency cry for help device, but as our modern society intends, with it strapped firmly to my ear emitting sweet tumor-growing rays.

When I was not mugged a year ago (and yes, you read that correctly, I wasn’t mugged, just detained) my cell phone was broken. Eventually, the damned thing was replaced, but I enjoyed the silence so much that I decided not to use the replacement. When I got a cell phone again, at the insistence of my parents, I threw it in my car, turned it off, and vowed only to use it in emergencies.

This is, I should note, the year when I got some of my best writing done. It was helpful to have a quiet world when I was in my intensive classes, reading, writing and doing hours of quiet research. Now I’m toying with the idea of joining the modern world again, which would mean using a phone that is not connected to a wall. I have a Samson V-Cast, which often reminds me (it feels like begging) that I can buy ring tones. I’ve turned the thing on vibrate and I do not intend to test it’s many functions with it’s many added charges.

Why the sudden turn around? Why choose now to join the world of the mobile again? The truth is, I feel like I’m surfacing after a long time underwater. School engulfed me for a while; intensive classes and work took up all of my time. Although I do have two classes this semester, and then a thesis next semester, I no longer have these along with the added pressure of an intensive writing project. Two stories a month seems like sailing next to the six or seven I was writing just a few months ago. I plan to pursue writing projects of my own now, expanding from my classes, writing longer pieces, and joining the social world again, going to shows, parties and inviting models over for photoshoots. I want to be with my friends. So the cell-phone is back on, and if you want my number, just send me an e-mail. I’m ready to talk.
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