Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What the Cell?

I spent the day without my cell phone. I drove, worked, exercised, showered, ate, read the newspaper, had conversations with people within earshot, and lived to type about it.  November 23, 2010: the day I braved this cruel world while my Blackberry lay idle atop the couch in my empty living room.

It was like a day straight out of 1997. I listened to the car radio and spent my down time resting my texting thumbs, contemplating a diplomatic way to ease the growing violence between the Koreas. My anxiety waned as my disconnected day wore on. I realized how attached I have become to that PDA in my pocket. It was freeing to spend a day in the dark. It made me nostalgic for days where plans had to be made in advance and words had to be looked up in a dictionary. But today is over, my phone is charging, and it will not leave my sight tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Have Your Dictionary and Planner Ready…

Planning a wedding takes patience, hard work, and the ability to learn a new, very technical, vocabulary. For example, “tool” is not only something that I have trouble using during failed home improvements, nor is it merely a title given to a middle-aged divorcee who wears a tank top on the dance floor at Taylor’s Night Club. It is also a decorative cloth used to soften the light of a wedding reception. Dupioni is a popular type of silk used for bridesmaid’s dresses, not just the last name of your father’s buddy who is always giving you merchandise that he didn’t pay for. You know what I’m talking about.

Along with the new jargon, nuptial preparations require a man to write things down! Grab the back of a receipt, snag a Holiday Inn pen from the junk drawer, and list everything you need to accomplish along with deadlines for completion. Take the lead on the tasks that most likely fit your skill set:  the food, the booze, and the band.  The days of playing dumb are over. Take initiative, lest you want to be stuck putting together floral arrangements.