Procrastinating Life

Computers? I'll visit a quiet library!

I am taking charge, and I'll save money, too.
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Two bells will be tolerated in my house, the doorbell, and the timer on the stove.


I wouldn't have thought it, years ago.

Folks can pile on my chores.

It only takes a phone call.

So I'm thinking of disconnecting mine.

No phone, no ring, no bother.

That thing's intrusions will be over.

No marketers, no "just to chats" always at the wrong moment.

I thought I put one in for my convenience.

It turns out it was so folks could interrupt.

They interrupt my meals, my train of thought.

It seems as if half the time they call and say nothing!

Imagine the peace and calm,

The radio turned off. The phone gone.

Why I could even procrastinate life!

Let it swirl around me, but somewhere else.

A man's home should be his castle.

Certainly not a church belfry!

I want the only ding-a-ling-ling to be an ice cream truck.

They go by and leave you with a good taste in your mouth.

Not the 50% frustrations the phone calls can bring.

Yep! I've made up my mind.

Round up all the phones and put them in a box.

No more pollsters, no more "Vote for" him or her.

Don't believe me? Write down the subject of your next ten calls.

And, don't call me in the morning at 6:30 AM.

"Sorry, wrong number" was never music to my ears!

I'll be sleeping, procrastinating life...until I am ready for the day.

If you have a bill you want paid, help out the Post Office.

Send me a letter.

A peaceful day is dawning!

Wow! That has a certain ring to it, doesn't it!

_______

© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Old or new, the timed interval between rings is to create a sense of urgency in you to answer the darnn thing!
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naturalhealthchat 4 years ago from Greater Philadelphia area, PA, USA

As I was waiting for a train the other day, I saw no engaging smiles or head knods in the crowd acknowledging the people around them. Everyone was glued to the phone. What a disconnect!

Would have sent you a letter, but didn't know the address. :) Love the Hub!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

And just think, not acknowledging others in "The City of Brotherly Love"! Not even among sisters? Maybe Big Brother can figure out a way to use the cell phone towers to every 15 minutes broadcast a universal call saying "Look at the person nearest you and smile!"


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europewalker 4 years ago

Great poem! My phone has really been annoying me lately from calls and texts. As a kid we didn't even have a phone in the house and we managed quite well without one. I think I will turn my off for a while.


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naturalhealthchat 4 years ago from Greater Philadelphia area, PA, USA

Somehow I feel the broadcast would be different. Many a true word is said in a jest.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up, awesome and interesting. It's amazing that even though we sign up on the National Do Not Call Registry, it seems to fall on deaf ears for many of the invaders. Thankfully there is caller ID and when I don't recognize a number I immediately switch off the answering machine. It has take a while, but finally the calls are subsiding. On a side note, back in the late 60s we had a nightclub not far from my house called "The Ding-a-Ling Lounge." Every table had a red phone with a number on it and if you saw someone that interested you then you simply dialed their table number. Needless to say, it was a fleeting fad and didn't last. I guess even in bars people don't like the phone.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I used to love the phone.. especially when I was single. Today the phone is for necessity..changing or making plans. I would just as soon write an email as talk on the phone. And those pesky calls..ugh...


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Folks don't like the intrusiveness of cell phones either, when owners forget to put them on "Vibrate" or turn them off; and a person jabbering on a bus, is not too cool either.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Telephones; the Internet; cell phones; text messages; Facebook; e-mails; all the modern devices of communication are available. Yet the quality and substance of our communication is far worse now than it ever was. (HP is one of the few exceptions. :-) There is much wisdom in your words, Perspycacioius; I like this poem very much.


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Great poem about such a distracting thing.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Not much choice, is there. OUr culture is structured around phones, etc. And to think, my father was trying to sell consumers on the idea of having a phone in their home in 1930!


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Our feelings are very similar, sir. I keep the ringer turned off on my phone. The caller can either leave a message or forget it. To me, the phone is good for two things, emergencies and ordering pizza. Besides that, it can sit in the kitchen, constantly charging, silently. Great Job!


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

love, love, love these sentiments and their presentation. I have even gotten to the point (Yes, I'll say it) where I prefer a text. A text doesn't always require an immediate response so if I get a text letting me know something I need to know and I can skip all the social "Niceties", I'm happy. I hope you get your peace. Thanks for another great hub!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rcrumple: I pray youhave no emergencies, and that all the pizzas are great! It sounds as if peace and calm dwell at your address. Congrats!

btrbell: "Emergencies and pizza" were cited above by rcrumple as his only reasons for having a phone, and that with the ringer turned off. I have a phone that prints out the text of my calls. If anyone is hard of hearing, let me know and I can get you one at no cost. May be that is a compromise you could live with...a phone with text you can see.


Janhorner 4 years ago

Very amusing and yes I agree phones can be so annoying! I hate it when it rings and I pick up and the caller disconnects because it is an automated service advising a customer service rep that someone is at home! Voted up loved the way you have written this.

Jan


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Very creative poetry on a very difficult subject, i salute, interesting hub.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Janhorner: Nice to hear from you again. I had not thought to realize that some of the "no talk" calls could be for that purpose. Our phone rings quite often for a firm that mistakenly put our number into their advertising! Talk about nuisances!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

girishpuri: Nice to hear from India on our Saturday night. Thanks for the salute and comment. I hear NCR is going to be getting some competition from Casio Japan and other Japanese firms which may set up factories in India now that their Chinese market is threatened due to China-Japan disagrements and hostilities.


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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut

Wow, real nice hub and real real nice concept, unfortunately, I need the phone to interrupt others when I need something LOL :)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cherylone: I know whereof you speak. It really bugs me, when I finally get up to the register and darned if the phone there doesn't ring and they handle that customer first! Was it you?


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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut

Uh oh, I uh, might want to hide for now...LOL :)


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

naturalhealthchat - And to cap it off, now they tell us that the angle for looking down at ipads and iphones is likely to cause permanent problems for the spine! If living so that "looking up" is good, now we know that "looking down" is bad.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

europewalker - Did you forget to turn the phone back on? It's been two years now you know.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

pagesvoice - Only in "Duffy's Tavern" where the elite used to meet to eat, but then Archie only answered when Duffy wasn't there.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

carol7777 - I wouldn't mind if the caller did heavy breathing. It's the calls I rush for and nobody says nuttin' and finally hangs up. (When they do that, I wait until thye pick up two more times for a dial tone.)


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Genna East - I'm glad you liked the poem back then, and might even like on a second read? I can't say that communication has improved since then, as some of the other commenters commented even then.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

wetnosedogs - You and the Alabama Crimson haven't lost any time since we last discussed this one! I'll bet you are wearing crimson (except to church.) Same dog?

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