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Fri., Aug. 24, 2007, 10:30 a.m.

DFO Thoughts — A Return to Cell Phones

re: Dr. J's question in the comments section re: whether or not I can live without my new cell phone

In a word, I'd say I can live without my new cell phone. So far. In my first week-plus of usage, I've fielded a phone solicitation at an I-90 rest stop from a woman who wanted me to stop by her office to pick up some prizes that I'd won in a drawing I hadn't entered. I received two calls late at night from a drunken girl looking for "Josh," including one in which she wondered if she could stop by my place. Yesterday, I made three calls each to other cell phone users in the extended family tree -- only to get their voice mails. I'm also still trying to figure out whether I want to carry it in my pocket or on my belt. I prefer the former. But I wonder if it'll beat up the small cell phone. On the plus side, it saved my wife and I from being split up in Portland traffic when we miscommunicated last week. And it's a handy device for my family and friends to use if they want to get ahold of me at the office when I'm too busy to answer my office phone. We bought the cell phones so my daughter could have one at college and my wife could have one while traveling around. I'd say they're worth it for that reason. But I also believe I can live without one.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.