The cell phone that wasn’t turned off

Cell Phone, originally uploaded by JonJon2k8.

They look cute and pretty, don’t they? But sometimes you could just snatch them from your neighbor and throw them out of the window.
I went to a public reading a few days ago. The room was packed, and a quite famous actor sat down, opened his book and began to read. Everybody was listening, you could not hear anything (even the guy two rows in front of me, who had been coughing for two minutes before the artist entered the stage, had stopped his irritating noise). And then suddenly, lalelalela. Somebody had not turned off his cellular phone, and you could hear it all over the room. You could hear also someone fumbling in his jacket. Lalelalela. Again. The actor raised his head and looked at the person in question. “You don’t need to be ashamed, you know,” he said….I don’t know whether the person spoken to ever got the irony of this sentence…
This is part of a Group Writing Project organized by Brad Shorr.

About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

8 responses to “The cell phone that wasn’t turned off”

  1. Brad Shorr says :

    Ulla, As usual, a wonderful photo, and a wonderful (if somewhat painful) commentary to go with it. Thank you so much for participating in our contest. That cell phone user is lucky the actor was not of a certain temperament – the actor might have thrown the book at him (to the sound of applause)!

  2. Robert Hruzek says :

    I know exactly how you feel, Ulla. I don’t think I’ve been to church in the last 10 years without someone’s cell phone ringing at the most importune time! What makes it worse are the goofy ring-tones most folks have these days.

    Ah, well…

  3. Ralph says :

    Ulla, you have my sympathy! I can´t understand why so many people don´t know the function of turning on “vibrate” in their cell phoes.

    By the time: I know times when cell phones had the size of shoe boxes and everyone could see when you were carrying them aroud with you in restaurants and theatres. I wish those times back to out yourself. Or you should have to put up some little flag to mark a possible disturbance…

  4. Robyn McMaster says :

    Thanks for discussing this topic, Ulla. It seems that cell phones can be an asset and obnoxious all at the same time. Do get the impression that some folks just don’t know how rude they are? What if we went to their child’s wedding, for example. Would they want our cell phones all on?

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