The Bag Lady has a new cell phone. The contract was up on the old phone, and the phone itself was starting to have issues. It was getting a little crotchety in its old age (rather like the Bag Lady herself) and didn’t always respond when you pushed its buttons (rather like the Bag Lady herself!) Of course, when the right person pushes the Bag Lady’s buttons… but that is perhaps too much information, and it didn’t seem to make a difference to the phone who was pushing the buttons!
Her new phone has a camera in it. She doesn’t need a camera in her phone, but you cannot get a cell phone now without one. At least, that is what the salesperson told her.
She went a little crazy and splurged on a new ‘bundle’. Not only will her phone allow her to talk to people, she can see who is calling and decide whether she wants to talk to them. She also has voicemail now, which she didn’t have before. And she has text messaging. She has no idea how to make that feature work, and she really doesn’t have anyone in her life to text message with, but if she ever wants to send a text message, she has the technology! Her nephew has text messaging, so perhaps she will enlist his help to teach her how to use it. Then she can text message him. He’ll be thrilled.
She really only wanted a basic phone. Something to take along in case she has trouble on the road. Of course, if she has trouble on the road, it’s practically a guarantee that she’ll be in a no-service area! Cell phones are handy come haying time, too. The Cowboy can call her when he needs something brought to him in the field. A few years ago, the Bag Lady bought him a new phone. He broke down in the field, so he called her to bring him some parts. When he was finished with the phone, he set it on the tractor tire. The Bag Lady brought him the parts he needed; he fixed whatever was wrong, and set off again. Yup, you guessed it. He forgot his brand-new phone was on the tractor tire, and he ran over it.
So the Bag Lady will try not to run over her new phone, and just as soon as she figures out how, she may send a text message to her nephew. And perhaps take a few shaky pictures. As soon as she figures out how. And she may even use it to call someone. As soon as she figures out how. She is really hoping no-one ever leaves her a message, because then she’d have to figure out how to retrieve it. She may have to take it over to the elementary school and have a first-grader show her. Of course, if she can't find a first-grader, and can't figure out how to use the phone, she just may be tempted to run over it...