Wednesday Why Is it

Why is it cellphones are so complicated? My cellphone contract is up for renewal which means I can upgrade to a phone that wasn’t invented right after people stopped calling them “mobile phones,” or waved them around like little flags of “Hey Look At Me” self-importance. Wait, they still do that? I know I would like to be able to take photos, listen to music and keep a calendar. I’m thinking of holding out for the 3g iPhone coming out next week, or the BlackBerry Curve or just chucking all cell phone upgrades in favor of yelling really loud. The last option would work, but I bet I’d get poor reception.

Why is it that everyone’s life easier than mine? Whenever I have a particularly stressful day at work or a commute that annihilates a hairdo that I had carefully created that morning, I look around me and see all these people who seem to have it together and my mind starts drifting into their lives, how the women in the clickety-clack high heels have never imagined how wide their feet become after giving birth or the college student taking up two seats on the bus with his bag and schleps his laundry home on the weekend.

Maybe it’s the rain that makes turns my head into a free verse LSD trip, the way I am when I drive through a rich neighborhood and am struck with the powerful need to park my three-hub-capped car behind the elegant shrubbery, gallop across the lawn and press my face against the cool window panes in hopes of stealing a glimpse of Viking subzero refrigerators that never house takeout containers from Denny’s and the room where the rich people swim in their money like Scrooge McDuck.

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  1. It’s the rain.

  2. My cell phone, man. I just…there’s a generation gap. Or something. I WANT to understand it, but: FAIL.

  3. Type (little) a says:

    I would ALSO like to know why everyone’s life is easier than mine. I feel like a 30 year old slob/clown most of the time.

    Except when I’m sleeping.

  4. thecandyqueen says:

    Oy vey. Just get the iPhone. You won’t regret it. Trust.

  5. Chickenbells says:

    I would love the iPhone, unfortunately…where I live, Verizon is my best bet if I actually want to talk to people and have coverage…so, I bought an iPod, and a shiny phone.

  6. Don’t get me started on cell phones or the blasted rain. Grrr!

  7. Mona… you should totally hold out for the 3G iPhone. My contract w/ T-Mobile is up on the 9th, which strangely enough, is the same day that Steve Jobs is supposed to give his Keynote speach @ the WWDC to announce the iPhone’s launch. Many new (alleged) features to boast besides the 3G aspect too …PLUS… analysts predict that AT&T is finally going to subsidize a $200 credit with every new 2yr contract. ($199 iPhone?…. SOLD!)

  8. willikat says:

    oh god, i can’t even tell you how much i want to be a millionaire so i can retire by 30 and lay on the beach in maui. uh, so what i’m trying to say is that i know what you’re saying.

  9. That thing about the yelling? We do that in my office; it’s easier than using the phone intercoms.

  10. mrs. blogoway says:

    Oh thank goodness you wrote about this… my phone is crap and I’ve been waiting forever, trying to make up my mind if I should get the iphone. This news makes me VERY happy. Hope the rumors are true, and if so I pledge that the first call I make on the new thinner iphone will be to a scandilously, funny girl in Seattle.

  11. I hear you about other people’s lives. I’m always thinking, No fair (I’m a toddler in my head).

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