White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fog and Cellphones, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

A fog bank teases the southeast Massachusetts shoreline, drifting in and out.

No particular reason but, today, I'm thinking about cellphones. Cellphones - a blessing and a curse. The current generation is growing up tethered to electronic devices almost from birth. I wonder if what is gained offsets what is lost?  Why is the priority of incoming text messages or phone calls more urgent and important than what's happening in the present moment? What, after all, is a life well-lived? Is it the number of friends on Facebook? The number of tweets on Twitter? Or, is it learning to enjoy the simple passing of time, experiencing the sights and sounds and senses that "real" life has to offer?


Have you ever been at a service counter when the employee made you wait while he/she answers the phone?  How is that?  How have we evolved to a place where the phone or text message has somehow supplanted in person service or attention - the flesh and blood human has less priority. How is that?  But enough ranting.........

I'm not a golfer but, I think this is known as a "tough lie."

The fog edges closer.


"I am older now, I have more than what I wanted," is a line from an old Crosby, Stills, and Nash tune that I heard on the radio today.  A thought-provoking lyric.

Note: all images made with my cellphone.


4 comments:

  1. The cashier made you wait whilst they were on their phone?! hope you a word with the manager!

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    1. Glen, thanks for your comment. No, I did not. Getting an individual employee in trouble for "acceptable" institutional behavior didn't seem the right course of action. It seems to be a wide-spread cultural and economic behavior that over time has become the norm. Many/most businesses don't seem to have employees to answer phones but instead expect regular service employees on the floor to handle inquiries. Progress? Perhaps to the financial bottom line.

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  2. Great fog images, especially the first one.

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