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April 23, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Ring in the knows

Queen palms trees recovering from frost. (© Image. All rights reserved, copyrighted, no permission given)

Did ancient world architects get their inspiration by Queen palm trees’ regrowth after a freeze?Picture has nothing to do with the post, but thought you’d be interested. (© Image)

A divided household here. Polite, surfaced level, acceptance.

Only a small shrug or eye twitch unconsciously revealing cheers or sneers

Or a little muttering under the breath “not a clue. Hasn’t got a clue.”

You either are or aren’t.

Possibly genetic. Environment bound to play a role.

It’s the phones.

Even before phones became mobile and smart, people were divided into two groups:

Those who are compelled to jump whenever it rang no matter what was going on

And those see phones as a convenience to the owner and will stop what they were doing only if they feel like it.

Those that stare with total incomprehension if your phone is left to ring until it gives up, and those who calmly say, “If it’s important, they’ll leave a message or call back.”

Never the twain shall meet.

Palms waving hello over a wall. (© Image, No permissions granted, copyrighted, All rights reserved)

Palms are so Hollywood. Show up with a camera and they start waving. The shorter ones are a different variety and shrugged off the cold looks.(© Image)

This weekend a major crisis …or an annoying errand added for the week  (depending upon which of us you asked)  when Sr Staff’s Google phone transformed into a brick.

Not phone novices, having used them since they did look like bricks in a pet transport kennel, (if we’d only realized at the time how in a few years it would be difficult to determine whether the phone of the owner was holding the leash…) we are pretty experienced at trouble shooting and CPR on devices.

But this time, it’s a brick. The little yellow guy on the screen is on his back with red guts coming out…and it’s not Westworld playing.

While Google phones do have known battery issues, unknown is that 80% of the time, it’s the Motherboard. (Mother is calling and she’s says it’s over. Cry if you want to but your party isn’t on the line.)

You know about those experiments where people are challenged to give up their smart phones cold turkey to prove they aren’t addicted?

Yeah this is going to be fun.

Ahhhh the quiet. Ooooo, the eye contact. Oooohhhh, the straightening of neck posture. Wow, other’s brain actually in full presence when in the room.

But it’s only been a few hours.

Shadows patterns on the wall. (© Image, all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

How did we get to the place where without a working cell phone, some go into brain fog? (© Image)

There have already been small tremors in personality – even with the old flip phone activated.

It’s a phone.

You’re connected. You can still dial 911.

It looks like a smart phone in your pocket. Geesch.

Awkward, weird conversations in the car:

“Check your phone for the Ubreakwefix repair place’s address”

“But we saw the sign near the Thai restaurant, so we know it’s down there. We pass it all the time.”

“Just look it up on your phone anyway, OK?”

“There. The map shows it’s right there across from the Thai restaurant.”

“Good. We can go now we know where it is.”

Withdrawal. A normal functioning driver familiar with the area almost debilitated.

Will restless finger twitching soon be apparent with no texting or screen scrolling?

Could be risky keeping my phone to myself.

Might be safer, cautiously defensive, to pitch it over for the duration.

Like throwing all the bread crumbs to the deranged goose charging you at the lake.

Oh, the repair place called. It’s the battery. Quick and affordable. Just in time before its’ owner curls up into a ball.

Yeah, phones got smarter.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Ocean scene in Florida. (© Image. all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Relax. Feel the warm sun, the soft breezes, and listen to the soothing waves..and chill out. Your darn phone will be ready shortly. (© Image)



  1. Anne Mehrling / Apr 23 2018 5:38 pm

    We haven’t been through that yet. Trouble could be brewing, though. My two computers work better than his newer one.


  2. Curt Mekemson / Apr 23 2018 5:50 pm

    Fortunately we are both of the mind that ‘they will call back or leave a message if it’s important.” 3-4 rings and then silence, it is almost always spam, or worse, scam.
    One of us is more addicted than the other, however. It has to do with kids and grandkids and how they communicate. Only thank you’s and occasional holiday cards come by mail anymore.
    I am looking forward to weeks without a phone this summer as I hike down the PCT. It will be just like old times. Woohoo! –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 7:34 pm

      It was easier – and more fun – with two tin cans and a string.
      Should be a beautiful summer hike – you know we’ll expect posts with pictures! Thanks for leaving a message at the beep here


      • Curt Mekemson / Apr 25 2018 11:23 am

        I remember the old tin cans. 🙂 Now most kids seem to have the real thing, and spend far too much time on it. Or am I just being an old fart?
        I am hoping to average a post a week, with lots of photos. Thanks. –Curt


  3. shoreacres / Apr 23 2018 6:02 pm

    I’ll spare you my standard spiel, since you already know it.. I understand that my preferences don’t need to be a prescription for anyone, let alone the whole world. However: the research is out there, and our phones and computers aren’t the only thing that’s being programmed these days.

    I’ve just given up the capital G search engine for DuckDuckGo, and it’s doing very well for me. I’ve have their do-not-track addon, and it’s amazing how many blank spaces there are on my web pages now, where ads used to be.The next step is to get out of Twitter, just as soon as I’ve bookmarked the sites I follow there that I want to keep in contact with.

    Say what you will about our generation, we had some songs for times like this. Some day, people may get their noses out of the screens long enough to hear us singing them.

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    • Kate Crimmins / Apr 24 2018 7:46 am

      I never heard of DuckDuckGo but it sure sounds interesting. I hate ads and they slow things down.

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 7:47 pm

        The quack search works! Dive in and join the flock. Thanks for splashing down here

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 7:51 pm

          Oh, forgot to alert you. If you use Duck Duck when you go to watch YouTube you may get a message about “this site won’t allow anonymous browsing/viewing” If I get that, I can always flip google browser on for that visit. (And then clear history over and over again until switching back to duck out


    • sustainabilitea / Apr 24 2018 8:17 am

      Yes! We use DuckDuckGo, too. I’ve never been on Twitter and dropped off Instagram when I read that they could use my photos without my permission and for free. Small steps but at least something!


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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 7:49 pm

        Control of images/written words has made be cautious with several platforms. Wanna have fun, but all that tiny print everywhere. Thanks for making the call to stop here


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 7:45 pm

      Even my cell phone adopted the duck call ring. (which drives the cat nuts)
      We’ve been duck going for a bit – it takes a while to get used to the format, but works just great. And I don’t feel like I need to clear history constantly. (That darn Google phone has always been problematic, but it was the cool one at the time…has a really good camera. ) Project Fi can really save you money on cell bills, but it’s Google…and I’m not too sure about Google these days.
      It would be so wonderful if some of the musicians/folk groups were rediscovered and became popular again – the songs are timeless, but the beat has moved on…pounding rather than melodic, too. (Please don’t let them “update” those – just couldn’t stand that)
      Oh, I’d better check my phone…probably dead and has a message or two on it…thanks for tracing the wires to here

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  4. ShimonZ / Apr 23 2018 11:30 pm

    Always have seen tools as extensions of ourselves; for our discriminating choice. Some think they can fix anything with a hammer and pliers. You wrote this beautifully, Phil. A good smile to get the day going.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 7:57 pm

      “Discriminating choice” such lovely words – perfectly used. Wish people would exercise that skill more in life. Poor word has gotten such a bad rap as if it’s always a negative to be “discriminating”. School negligence. Sigh.
      Appreciate the kind words. Thanks for clicking over to chat


  5. easyweimaraner / Apr 23 2018 11:56 pm

    I know that issues… and it became weird as the haunted google maps of the UN-smartphone showed us the way to Paris, TX instead to Paris france ;O))))

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 8:00 pm

      I’ve been to Paris, TX…without the google map guidance – those speaking map routes drive me nuts after a while – I already know how to get there, so be quiet! (and having shouted at the darn thing, now I’m worried I’m marked and it will only give bad directions….)
      Paw waves and thanks for calling over here


  6. Ally Bean / Apr 24 2018 5:52 am

    I was [and still am] of the: “If it’s important, they’ll leave a message or call back” school of thought. I don’t like phones but comprehend their usefulness in my life. Over the weekend I put down my cell phone and stopped carrying it around with me. Am using it like an old corded phone stuck in one place in the house. My life is better because of it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 8:15 pm

      We have a land line for the office – sometimes the cell service for Sr. Staff’s google phone isn’t all that stable – mine works OK, so maybe it’s Google eaves dropping or creating a party line…if so they should bring refreshments for all…chocolate cakes.
      It’s really restful to not jump at the phone all the time…people I’ll call them back eventually…when I realize it’s been on mute or with dead battery…I ditched watches, too – ’cause I can always check the phone for the time…if it’s not dead…hey you can always get pretty close watching the sun!
      Yea for “take ’em and leave ’em as needed” attitude!
      Thanks answering the call with a comment

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  7. Kate Crimmins / Apr 24 2018 7:48 am

    I’m like, what phone? Is there a phone ringing? My friends know I do it so once in a while I’ll hear on the answering machine “Pick up I know you are there!” I wonder if they have hidden cameras in my house.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 8:20 pm

      Check and see if Siri or Alexa is ratting you out. People know if I’m not answering, I’m probably playing in the dirt outside so if it’s important they can always drive over and talk in person. HAHA
      Remember tin cans and a string? Now that was a phone.
      Thanks for stringing a message along these lines

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  8. sustainabilitea / Apr 24 2018 8:20 am

    If my (smart)phone rings and I don’t know the number (the name of the caller doesn’t come up), I don’t answer it. If it’s important, the caller will leave a message. If I see the same number a few times, I block it. We have a phone number prefix from a state other than the one where we now live, so if I see calls from that prefix, I’m pretty sure they’re ones I don’t want to answer. Drives my husband nuts, but saves me trouble.

    Isn’t it interesting how we used to be out and about without a phone, never thinking anything of it. Now, if I forget my phone at home, I’m tempted to go back and get it because…why? I still have a road atlas in my van and know how to use it if necessary. 🙂 I like to know where I am in relation to the area as a whole, not just blindly follow directions from the GPS.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 8:31 pm

      Those weird number phone calls are so annoying – I watch the incoming numbers, too. Far too many scams. It is a little disturbing how now we all feel like we’re missing something or vulnerable if we forget a phone – even on dog walks…oh, OK, the camera is the big reason for dog walks HAHA (The turtles are all enjoying their concrete resort jutting out of the water these pretty afternoons.)
      What I need is sun glasses that have a camera in them….affordable ones …that don’t cause brain cancer or something.
      Thanks for calling in with a message!

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  9. Amy / Apr 24 2018 11:55 am

    I have mostly stopped leaving messages on phones, thanks to conditioning by the young set who never check a message – may not even know what a message is. I have to adjust my method of communication to whatever generation of people I am trying to contact. Ugh!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 8:37 pm

      You are so right about constantly adjusting to keep up with technology and communication. We had to learn texting for those in medical training as phone calls are blocked in some hospital areas – but texts always got through and were not intrusive. Better than old fashioned pagers – which people hated and many ended up throwing them.
      Did it all start with smoke signals or signal flags? Whew. I never would have been quick with those.
      Thanks for calling in a chat

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  10. aFrankAngle / Apr 24 2018 5:17 pm

    I like that when I go on vacations out of the country, the phone is off and locked up. I don’t wonder about it … after all, messages will be there when I return.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2018 8:39 pm

      A cheap phone with a country appropriate SIM card for emergencies – and that’s it on vacations…personally I like mountains with poor reception to deter phone addicts.You are so right. It’s not a vacation if the phone is on!
      Thanks for ringing the bell here


  11. Beth / Apr 25 2018 6:51 am

    Woohoo! Only the battery! WHEW! I noticed recently that since I have Google Maps on my phone, I no longer pay close attention to where I’m going – I don’t check the landmarks, or notice the signs for the streets I’m passing, which has impaired my ability to actually navigate to places to a small extent. It’s a little embarrassing, and I now accept that were my phone to wink out at an inconvenient moment, I might be stranded in a strange place (that’s likely only a mile from my house). I suppose I should go send up my daily offerings to the Smart Phone gods so I don’t find myself in a pickle. I mean, who would I call? I no longer have an address book filled with phone numbers, and I no longer remember other people’s numbers. 😦 Yay progress??


  12. sportsattitudes / May 23 2018 8:00 am

    Ah yes, the mini-computers formerly known as phones. Not so smart, are they? Being a long-time Apple user, it has been tempting to step away from their products to another…but the grass is not necessarily greener, nor are the “chips” necessarily as tasty, on the other side. You do have to appreciate their honesty, however…yes, we did make our phone batteries as planned obsolescence so you’d be pushed to buy sooner. Sigh.


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