I depend on my cellphone.
Most people do these days.
It’s never more apparent than when you misplace it or break it for even a single day.
It’s like losing a limb.
And I am ever so grateful to have my cellphone in hand when I’m walking down the sidewalk and see a couple of petition people lying in wait.
I’m sure the two young ladies had something important to discuss with me — they always do, right? — but I just wanted to be on my way. And my cellphone allowed me to do just that.
As soon as the petition people were in view, I put the cellphone to my ear and begin having a fascinating conversation.
With no one.
The petition people don’t bother folks on the phone.
Give it a try yourself sometime.
Posted in Humor, Life, Technology, Walking
Tagged automobiles, cellphone, conversation, Humor, life, losing a limb, petition, sidewalk, technology, telephone, walking
My friend Leah and I went to the US Open tennis tournament today hoping to see favorite players.
Me, Djokovic at the practice courts. Her, Verdasco in his early round match. We were both successful. (Leah even shook Verdasco’s hand.)
But we did not expect to meet Jack Sock’s aunt and uncle on the train platform on our way back into the city!
But we did.
They were chatting with friends and were curious about the matches that were still in progress. And since both of us were intent on our cellphones, they asked for an update.
We ended up talking until we arrived at Penn Station.
I think that counts as yet another sports celebrity encounter — don’t you?
Posted in Entertainment, Family, Humor, Life, Sports, Television
Tagged aunt, celebrity encounter, cellphone, chatting, Djokovic, entertainment, family, Humor, Jack Sock, life, New York City, Penn Station, Sports, sports celebrity, Television, tennis, tennis match, tennis tournament, train, train platform, uncle, US Open, Verdasco
I sometimes envy bloggers who have gone the ‘photo a day’ route…especially when I’m tired and finding it difficult to string words together into a pithy theme.
But then I look at the really good ones.
Let’s face it — even if I grabbed my phone (because I’d be using my cell instead of an expensive camera) — I wouldn’t do the subject justice compared to some of the talented folks posting pics online every day.
One of my favs is a former student. You may not be able to see her photos on Facebook unless you’re lucky enough to be her friend, but she has a great eye and sense of humor.
Here’s a fun one from earlier this year entitled “Survivors”:
Gotta love Goldfish…
Posted in Blogs, Commentary, Design, Foods, Friends, Humor, Internet, Life, Photography
Tagged bloggers, blogs, camera, cellphone, commentary, crackers, design, Facebook, Foods, friends, goldfish crackers, great eye, Humor, Internet, life, photo a day, photography, pithy, post pics online, sense of humor, string words together, Survivors
What happens when you try to write your blog post late at night…in bed?
My language was cleaner, of course…
While checking the time on my cellphone last night, I accidentally took this photo.
I was waiting outside the backstage door at Kinky Boots on 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues here in Manhattan. I think the building in the shot is across the street.
The picture is grainy and off-kilter, but I kinda like it.
It looks like an action shot taken from a car…or maybe on the way down, before the photographer hit the pavement.
And I bet a few visitors to New York City might find its disorientation a reflection of their feelings from time to time during their trip.
Me? I just hit the wrong button on my phone.
Posted in Art, Broadway, Design, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Photography, Travel
Tagged action shot, art, Broadway, camera, cellphone, design, disorientation, entertainment, grainy, Humor, Kinky Boots, life, Manhattan, New York City, pavement, photo, photographer, photography, picture, sure shot, Travel, trip, visitors
Happy 40th Birthday, Cellphone!
That’s right. Forty years ago today, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the first cellphone call — to one of his rival engineers at Bell Labs, no less — and made telecommunications history.
Looking at your ‘baby photo’ at left — a cellphone model that I see turn up in old movies and television sitcom reruns all the time — I can honestly say…
You look even younger today.
(You really do.)
Posted in History, Humor, Life, Museums, Technology, Television
Tagged 40th birthday, baby photo, Bell Labs, cellphone, engineer, history, Humor, life, Martin Cooper, mobile phone, Motorola, museum, old movies, redial, technology, telecommunications, television reruns
I have been playing with the photo editor on my new Samsung Galaxy SIII camera.
This pic makes me happy.
It is just my silver hoops colorized beyond recognition. I mean, they were laying on a red throw…and look at them now.
Icy, blue and floating in midair.
Appearances are deceiving…but way cool.
Posted in Design, Humor, Life, Photography, Technology
Tagged camera, cellphone, Humor, jewelry, life, photo editor, photography, Samsung Galaxy SIII
Yesterday I mentioned I was doing something that scared me. As it turned out, that ‘thing’ stretched into today as well.
I was a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Two days, you say? The show only lasts a half hour.
You are correct. I spent two days in holding, waiting to be selected to play the game.
Holding is a small room with couches and two windows. You can’t use your cellphone or the Internet or have any contact with the outside world. The game show producers keep all potential contestants sequestered there to eliminate any appearance or chance of cheating.
I did finally get to meet Meredith and play the show late this afternoon. She is as nice as she appears; I made her laugh so hard at one point, they had to stop tape — that’s a personal point of pride.
I can’t talk about the questions I received or reveal the outcome of my game; all I’m legally able to say is “tune in next year” (which is when my episode will most likely air).
When I am notified of the air date, I’ll pass it along.
Everyone watching? Now, that’s really scary.
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged air date, celebrities, cellphone, commentary, contestant, entertainment, episode, game show contestant, game shows, Humor, Internet, life, Meredith Vieira, producer, Television, television green room, television holding room, TV, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire