I caught a glimpse of the fireworks from Winterfest the other the day. We had stumbled into a Formula Taxi race somehow, and were speeding through the city. The last time I'd been going that fast in a city was during a high speed chase through the streets of Saskatoon. But as we approached downtown we could see the fireworks framed by the highrises. It was an interesting view of them, quite enjoyable, apart for the fearing for my life part.
But here's the thing. During the ride I missed two phone calls and a text message. I'm not, in any way shape or form, what you would call "Cell aware". I live my life quite happily outside the cellular phone system, but on my last trip south we got one, so Leah could get in touch with me easily.
But it is really outside of my consciousness. When it rings it is just some random noise coming from my pocket. I'm not trying to ignore anyone really. I'll pull the phone out to have a look at the time and there will little notices "6 text msgs" "3 missed calls". And I set it to vibrate, but I never notice the damn thing. The only time I've realized my phone was vibrating was when I had it in my hand.
This isn't a phenomenon isolated to this trip either. On my trip to France in 2007 I rented a phone over there. I was in a kilt for much of the trip and the only time I knew there was a phone call was when some stranger would approach me and say "Your sporran is ringing".
Technology, who needs it?