No path is straight. There are jigs. There are jags. There are obstacles.
Good stories have the main character experience these and yet still prevail. Those are the stories we like. No one reads about the character born with a silver spoon in his mouth who just has a run of success and happiness. The end. No, we like it when the character has made mistakes. Been beaten up. Lost his fortune. Was wronged. Did wrong. And then persevered and prevailed. That’s the story we want.
I wrote recently that I am not giving Amazon my new debit card number. Yes, this inconveniences me. That is the point. I now have to jump through hoops to get something from Amazon. Thus far, I have not gone through the trouble. Even now, I have a couple items in a cart. But I haven’t purchased them because it is uncomfortable to do so.
I am actively working on getting rid of my cellphone. It may or may not happen. We shall see. I took off some apps the other day. My current thinking is that by the end of the year, I have rendered the cellphone useless to me. At that point, I will cancel my phone plan then I will give it one of my children.
I have a Google Voice number. I can speak on the telephone via that from home. No, I won’t be able to do so from the car. It’ll be like the old days when one had to be home to receive/make a phone call.
To get to this point I have to address using Maps and the camera. I’ve already removed Google Maps from the phone and only use Apple Maps. For whatever reason, this phone often cuts off the voice directions Apple Maps gives. It is most annoying. Yesterday, the route Apple Maps provided to get home from Asbury Park were ludicrous! If it keeps doing that, getting rid of Maps will be easy.
It’s the camera that will be the big issue. But even so, I vowed to take fewer photographs this year. Getting rid of the phone would certainly accomplish that. 🙂 I have cut back severely already. But I like to document what I’ve done. That, however, comes with another drawback. I am posting a little to Facebook. All it is is virtue signaling. Oh, look at me and the kewl things I do with my children. I can certainly do away with that.
I don’t need to take as many photographs in the classroom. Lord knows that is no fun dealing with tagging all those things. But I will want a camera of some sorts. I used to like the point-and-shoots I used to carry. I could get one of those.
My plan is not to bring the cellphone with me to work. Just yesterday I was reminded when we left the arcade that Apple knows all. I was offered to get directions to where I parked the vehicle. While that could be a grand service, I never told the phone where I parked. And it knows where I park at work too. It all scares me.
No, I don’t expect that anyone will come and hunt me. But the intrusion is such that someone somewhere will find a use that I can’t think of for the information. Even if that doesn’t happen, how dare these companies do this! Sure, if you don’t want them to do so, don’t use their products. That’s where I am going with this.
The end result is that making phone calls will be troublesome. I don’t make many phone calls.
Texting and e-mailing will only happen on my end from home. I am doing that presently.
Traveling would be hampered without a mapping program. Traveling with the children will not present a problem as their phones can be paired with the vehicle for directions. I seem to have decided not to travel like I did for the past two years. That is irrespective of this issue.
Going to concerts and flying will necessitate paper tickets.
If mask wearing returns, Docket will not be available.
Note taking will not be as efficient. I love Google Keep. That I can write a grocery list n the laptop, pick up the phone, and hit the market is great. If I am at work, I could add to that list. Keep is houses passwords and account numbers. Most of that is not needed outside the home save the bank account. I could learn the number. I could keep a card in the wallet or the glove compartment. There are solutions. Paper can host a grocery list.
Perhaps reducing the number of notes I take is a good thing. I am crafting this post (and the last few) because I put down some notes during the day today and now want to clear them. Meanwhile, the laundry hasn’t moved and I did not read.
I suppose I should put down why I want to get rid of the phone. I loathe that I carry a device that spies on me. It’s one thing that businesses and government put up cameras all over the place and I recorded wherever I go. That information isn’t actively culled, organized, and distributed to manipulate me. The cellphone does. And I pay for that.
I talk to myself aloud. Call me weird all you want. It’s what I do. Google, Apple, et al. listen to that and then push advertisements to me based on that. If I want to mutter to myself, I want to do it in private and not be prompted for self help when I tune into YouTube. If write a note about something, I don’t want Facebook giving me advertisements for products related to that. This bothers me to no end.
I am already an outcast. I march to my own drumbeat. I am thought odd and silly by the few people who even know I am around. I don’t need to worry that I am removing something that virtually everyone else has and uses from my life. I perceive that I will be better off without the cellphone regardless of what others think. Will it create some difficulty? Yes. Is it insurmountable? Absolutely not.
Regardless, intentional obstacles are helpful to me in some situations. Bring on the discomfort!