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Cell Phones Have Made People Flaky as F*#ck

Here is a quick multiple choice Q and A I thought I’d run by the last 14 people who are still reading my blog.

What I love about not leaving the house all that often before 5pm, is it gives me an inordinate amount of time to:

1 – Lounge around the house in footsie pajamas and bad bed head without worry

2 – make lists of all of the people who fall into the “I’m going to show them” category

3 – peek through the tightly drawn blinds every few hours to check for strangers

4 – Check out lots of new blogs penned by passionate people i’ll probably never meet……doing cool and creative things that make me laugh or learn something new.  (preferably both at the same time)

If you said all of the above, you are 100% incorrect.

The right answer is 1. And 4. I don’t make lists. And I don’t peer through the blinds. Ever. That would give away my location in the house, and everyone knows that’s when you are most vulnerable to snipers.

With that in mind – I love this.

First – because I’m usually a no show.   And, because I’m perpetually plagued by the proverbial presence of generational Jewish guilt that was downloaded into my psyche at birth, I also tend to be an obsessive post party re-planner.

(hey – sorry – will explain later – what about next tuesday at 4 – or, wed anytime after 7?)

For more creative and cool and serious stuff – check out the full blog post a the link below.

 

A Plan: Once heralded as a firm commitment to an event in the future, a plan is now largely considered to be a string of noncommittal text messages leading up to a series of potential, though unlikely, events.

A Cellphone: Your primary device for making plans. More specifically, the medium with which most plans are conceived and later altered. It’s imperative that you keep your cellphone on your person at all times, as you can expect all plans to dissolve into an amorphous cloud upon conception.

Reconfirmation: A reconfirmation is a neurotic reiteration of plan that has already been confirmed. There may be dozens of these leading up to your plan’s intended start time. “hey still on for tonight?” “excited for tomorrow, 7pm right?” etc. Despite the fact that your plan may have been concieved less than 24 hours before, reconfirmations are necessary because people have no calendar management skills.

Optimizers: An optimizer is in a constant state of choosing which plan to execute due to the fact that they have confirmed multiple overlapping plans. Common SMS phrases include “maybe, where is it?” or “are their girls there?” Optimizing is a term used to describe everyone that uses a cellphone to make plans.

Latecomers: Despite the remedial time-management skills necessary to arrive on time, these guys will always be stuck in traffic, still at work, or looking for parking. “Sorry running 5min late”, “OMG so much predictable traffic, where you going after?” and so on.

No-Shows: Every plan has a few no-shows, especially at the last minute. Be prepared to endure a flurry of attempts to reschedule or “meet up after” texts. The ease with which they can send their excuses insulates them from what otherwise might be considered rude neglect.

http://blog.alexcornell.com/why-its-impossible-to-make-plans-anymore

 

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