Talking to myself.

I’d like to get one of these hands-free phone adaptors. You know the things — a little ear bud and a danging microphone. But it occurs to me that, upon using it, I suppose I’d look like I was just walking along and talking to myself. I gather that in some places (New York, LA, DC), this is normal behavior. (Walking along and talking to oneself, that is.) In Charlottesville, though, I think that sort of behavior would really stand out.

What I really wonder is if this would eliminate the feeling of being-on-the-phoneness. You know how, if you talk while driving, you eventually hang up and wonder how you got where you are? I’m like that when I’m walking and talking. I end up in my apartment, lying upside-down on my bed, my face flush from hanging my neck over the edge, wondering how I got there. I’m surprised that nobody has shouted to me, "Hey, hang up and walk!"

Anyhow, what I’m wondering is if this would eliminate the that feeling of being on the phone. If I don’t have a phone to my head, will I still disappear into my little telephone world? I suspect that I will, but the possibility that the result might be otherwise is intriguing to me. Maybe I’ll get one and find out.

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Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) is an open government technologist who lives near Char­lottes­­ville, VA, USA. more »