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Yellow Bird: No going back to life without cell phones


"Sometimes in the evening before going to bed, I surf the channels just to see what's playing and occasionally run across one of those classic movies. I watch it until the remote falls out of my hand.

The next day, a lot of green tea and diet Pepsi for me.

What struck me about the classic film one night was the sight of a killer chasing the hero and heroine: They sorely needed help or the police, but they didn't have a cell phone. Of course: Back then, people didn't even have "bag phones," those early wireless models whose users needed a big bag to carry the battery and other gear.

In any drama on TV today, the characters never are without their cell phones. It is part of our culture. So, you'd think that because we can so readily communicate, our communities would be more tranquil and peaceful.

Not so. Phones also complicate our lives.

When I bought my phone -- yes, it was a bag phone -- some nine years ago, it was because I traveled around the state by myself. The phone kept me in touch with other people and I could get help if I needed it. But I learned that on many of the trips when I went deep into a forest, rode on a boat on Lake of the Woods, ventured into Canada and even some places in the middle of the state, there was no service.

Later, I graduated from the bag phone to a simple cell phone. It just made and received calls; imagine that."

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DORREEN YELLOW BIRD COLUMN: Life without cell phone: Help! (The Grand Forks Herald 4/22)

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