Wednesday, January 20, 2010


It died.

And I haven't cared. Horrible, no?

I'm talking about the family answering machine. A little before Christmas there was a power outage that resulted in the answering machine having a hissy fit and deciding it was going to delete the outgoing message (it's one of those old fashioned machines) and not record any incoming calls.

And, okay, full confession: the machine can be resuscitated. A new battery, a new message, and it should be working again. But here's the thing. In the time that I've procrastinated with in getting a battery and deciding who's going to leave the message (not me!), I realized I don't miss it. It turns out that a) not many people call us b) if it's important they'll call back and c) if it's really important those people have my (and everyone in the family's) cell phone number.

So the debate is on. New battery or not. I'm leaning toward not, but then again, when the telemarketer (I love caller ID) called (hello, violation of the Do Not Call list) and let the phone ring and ring and ring and ring to the point where my husband picked up the receiver and put it immediately down again -- well, yeah, okay, the answering machine might have been handy in that instance.

I'm just not sure. Do you have any techno gizmos that you could live without?


  1. Unfortunately it seems my cellphone is something I've come to depend on. I remember a time when I would go out at 3 a.m. in the middle of nowhere on an assignment (newspaper reporter/photogrpaher) and never blink an eye. Didn't have cellphones. Now I panic if I go 5 miles in the middle of the day and remember I don't have my cellphone.

  2. My laptop and my cell phone (for receiving my emails).

  3. I depend on my cell phone now, too. Not sure how that happened! I couldn't do without it now without a bit of panic.

    I'm trying to think of any other gizmos I don't need (other than the answering machine, obviously) and can't really think of any! LOL. Maybe the blender--don't need that so much.

  4. Yep, people usually call the cell if they don't get me at home. But our phone company provides voice mail service for free, so there hasn't been an actual answering machine in the house for ages.