November 22, 2004 - Cell-elf Centered?
The cell phone, the evil cell phone, it’s what everybody who is nobody is using to annoy you and to interrupt the important things in your life. Cell phone people are like potholes on the street, bones in fish filet, bad weather forecasts, people who don’t use turn signals, and lines at the bank. They are those people who we are referring to when we say, “those people”.
The dedicated staff of edhat.com, on a personal mission to hunt down those people and bare their weaknesses to the
world, once again went on the lookout for cell phones in use. We have failed to spot a big trend on a few occasions in the past. Those people who drive while talking on the cell phone only turned out to be 6% of all people. And those people who walk down the street talking on their cell phone turned out to be only 8% of all people.
This weekend we went to coffee shops. You know the “those people” who hang out there. They are sitting close enough for you to lean over and touch them (or hit them), and yet they feel totally comfortable talking as loud as can be about their test results from the lab, last night’s date, and who their favorite person is on Survivor. It’s stuff that doesn’t even interest the most voyeuristic among us. Boring.
And, then there are the “those people” who have conversations that make you wonder if there is really someone on the other end of line at all. “We’ve got to talk to Joe about the marketing plan. We only did half a million last month - that doesn’t even cover the mortgage on my Hope Ranch place.”
Edhat is interested in hearing from our subscribers about your overheard cell phone conversations. Please put them in an email to us so we can share them with all.
Any way, we went looking for “those people”, and unfortunately once again we didn’t find them. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon we drove past many of the coffee shops in town and ONLY at the Starbucks in Camino Real Shopping Center did we see any (4 out of 17 there).
Everybody has free night and weekend minutes. They just weren’t using them.
Our subscribers, who are having trouble balancing their desire to win the Daily Edhat contest and their desire to torture and maim inconsiderate cell phone users, continue to guess very high for these contests. The average guess was 25%. The actual percentage was 7.02% - about the same number we calculated for driving and walking.
Subscriber n322718 was the closest with a guess of 7%. The dedicated staff has no idea what the meaning behind the handle is, but we do know that n332718 wins a 2005 Santa Barbara Axxess Card and an Edhat t-shirt. N332718 is probably at a coffee shop near you calling up all of his/her friends with the good news.
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