Tuesday, June 24, 2008

If you want it done right....do it yourself.......

Starting on July 1st, here in the State of California, you must use a hands free device when you are driving. No more holding your cell phone. I think that this is an excellent idea, in theory. Hubby and I went out and purchased our blue tooth devices so that we would be in compliance with this new law. We've actually had them for several months, but most of the time I just chose not to use mine. Today, I was being good and left to run errands with my blue tooth firmly wrapped around my ear. Within a few minutes of the house I decided that I could probably be more distracted by this stupid device than I ever was holding my cell phone. Let me also say here that we purchased the blue tooth at Costco. It is supposed to be a good brand. It was not purchased at Big Lots or the Dollar Store. Here is the dialogue that transpired between me and that annoying little piece of plastic:

It: Please say a command.

Me: Call Lori Cell.

It: Did you say 'Call Corey Cell'?

Me: No. (Though I totally understood the error/confusion)

It: Please say a command.

Me: Call Lori Cell.

It: Did you say call Vicki cell?

Me: NO! Are you kidding me? What part of Lori sounds like Vicki?

It: Please say a command.

Me: Thinking that I might get further I simply say the number slowly and clearly.

It: Did you say 361-568-4625? (Numbers which are not even remotely close to what I actually said.)

Me: NO!!! (At the top of my lungs)

It: Please say a command.

Me: I try the number again, slowly and calmly.

It: Command has timed out. Please try again.

By this point I am digging through my purse to find my phone so that I can dial the number by myself. I stopped short of rolling down the window and throwing the dumb thing out.

When I was done I realized that I had no real memory of the last couple of miles. I was most certainly distracted. I was having road rage at my own ear! How is that for safe? I'm guessing that the real solution here is that, unless it's an emergency, I don't really need to be talking on my cell phone while I'm driving, but who wants to go back to the Stone Age?

1 comment:

Hotshot's Wife said...

We had one of those things and I absolutely declined to wear it. Jim purchased us both a GPS system for our vehicles with one feature being a hands free device. It has a microphone attached to the dashmat and is easier to talk to. Don't cause a miagraine of the dumb thing. Breathe.