[hahs_63-68] Re: A SAD DAY

Everyone has a different take on life but I reckon my mobile phone is the most 
important tool for the life I want to live. It is my only camera that allows me 
to take photos anytime, my email and message unit, phone to keep in contact 
with the everyday things we do. If I want to escape that in retirement then I 
just leave it at home or switch it off. Everyone has a choice.   

From: geoff.goodfellow@xxxxxxxxxxx
To: hahs_63-68@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [hahs_63-68] Re: A SAD DAY
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:04:18 +1100

"Irreverence to 
conformity is mandatory in intelligent life."  Errol that is gold.  Is 
that your philosophical wisdom or Oscar Wilde?  Actually I just googled 
those wise words and drew a blank so I am guessing they are a Shaw 
Are you shaw (sic) you 
are not related to George Bernard, mate?

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  Shaw, Errol 
  To: hahs_63-68@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, March 16, 2012 3:33 
  Subject: [hahs_63-68] Re: A SAD DAY

  Even though for the 
  last 22 years I have worked for  Telecommunications Companies I 
  absolutely share all your concerns ( Except yours Tony – You can’t fall of 
  edge of the world. The new “work safe laws” have made the feelthy 
  Capitalists  build a safety fence around it, installed flashing lights 
  and reduced the speed limit 24 x 7 within 10ks of it to 40 
  My favourite trick in 
  a retail environment when I am at a counter and it is my turn to be served, 
  and instead the Staff member turns to take a phone call on its first ring is 
  to loudly ask politely “excuse me – I waited my turn and I was here before 
  whoever that person is” why are you being so 
  Usually they just 
  don’t get it so I simply leave and NEVER Return. Not that that will send them 
  broke – just my silent protest.
  Secondly whenever the 
  boss asks stupid questions like – “didn’t you get my call/message last night” 
  when I ring them back the next day at 7.00am – when I arrive in the 
  The response is 
  simple – “ Nup I leave my phone in my car – never gets inside the house” 
  My boss and I 
  contract where he buys my services  not my 
  Irreverence to 
  conformity is mandatory in intelligent life.
  hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
  On Behalf Of Les 
Sent: Friday, 16 
  March 2012 3:20 PM
Subject: [hahs_63-68] Re: A SAD 
  Great bit of 
  work, Geoff.  Right to the point.
  hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
  On Behalf Of Geoffrey 
Sent: Friday, 16 March 
  2012 2:25 PM
Subject: [hahs_63-68] Re: A SAD 
  Fully in agreement. Phones being 
  so intrusive, even texting while having a conversation with someone.
If you 
  want to make a point, if  in a conversation with someone and they take or 
  make a text, or make or take a  phone call, walk away from them 
  immediately..they won't do it again.
Same as a  shop person taking a 
  phone call, I just walk out.
Les and Geoff  i do use a 
  mobile but I still haven't texted anyone, though the day will 
  For more on texting see 
  Geoffrey W 
  Mobile 0412 725 470 Ph 03 5446 
  PO Box 
  VIC 3556
  From: hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  On Behalf Of Les 
Sent: Friday, 16 
  March 2012 12:25 PM
To: hahs_63-68@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [hahs_63-68] Re: A SAD 
  I had a mobile 
  phone for work, but never ever put it on my stationary or business card.  
  Only a few close people who I wanted to contact fairly regularly had the 
  number, and I mainly used to call work while I was commuting down from 
  to issue instructions for the day – hands free of course.  The other 
  thing is that I did not want people to call me when I wasn’t work – I had 
  already put in enough hours.
  My wife has one 
  but it is usually turned off.  We do find it useful when we are overseas, 
  doing different things.  We don’t call but text each other to stay in 
  contact or suggest where to meet up.  Calling is too prohibitive- the 
  global roaming thing.
  I always have 
  found phones and particularly mobiles very interrupting as people, when they 
  ring, expect you to drop everything and talk to them. At work, if I was in 
  middle of talking with someone, I never picked up the phone, but let it go 
  through to the answering service.  Why should the caller have priority 
  over the person you were already talking to?
  Have fun with 
  that strange device.
  From: hahs_63-68-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  On Behalf Of Geoff 
Sent: Friday, 16 
  March 2012 11:10 AM
To: hahs_63-68@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [hahs_63-68] A SAD 
  Greetings gents and thanks to Tony 
  for setting up this snappy system.  I didn't report in initially because 
  I thought Tony only needed a sample response to see if it worked, but now I 
  worried someone may get disqualified from the zone relay because I was a 
  slackarse. Sorry about that.
  And while speaking about 
  technology, today was a very sad one for me.  For the first 61 years 
  and 188 days of my life I have survived without a mobile phone, but today I 
  actually went into the post office and bought one.  I'd only ever bought 
  stamps at the post office before, but now a bloody phone.  I was issued 
  with a mobile phone at work and just tossed it in the top drawer with the 
  stapler and paper clips.  Every quarter the council would get the bill 
  and my phone had zero calls out and and zero calls completed.  I think 
  the bean counters thought Telecom kept making clerical errors.  
  Apparently I needed a phone so the general manager could contact me 24/7, but 
  he seemed to have trouble contacting me late at night with a problem to solve 
  when the phone was switched off in my top drawer at work and I was tucked 
  up safely in bed.  OHS rules insisted we all had to have a mobile phone 
  when we went out into the field in case we were raped, robbed or fell down a 
  wombat hole but unfortunately that never happened to me in 40 years of 
  doing the job which was a good thing because if I was out near Wombeyan 
  Caves or Canyonbloodyleigh there was no mobile reception anyway.  Anyhoo 
  my good wife Barbara insisted I buy one for while we are travelling because 
  she plans to visit lots of churches and museums in Italy and France these 
  few weeks and she may need need to contact me to organise lunch or 
  something while I am out and about enjoying a cool libation at a friendly 
  taverna or climbing up a hill somewhere interesting. You guessed it, I am 
  not a church and museum kind of bloke so we sometimes go our own 
  ways in strange towns. 
  I wonder if 61 one years and 188 
  days of holding off buying a mobile phone is a record among our cohort?  
  I have always thought they were as annoying as a leaf blower or a jet ski, 
  times change I guess.  However, I am adamant - I am not ever, ever buying 
  a leaf blower or a jet ski - arguably the world's most noisy, annoying and 
  useless inventions.  If any of you openly admit to owning either I will 
  personally ask Tony to take you off this email 
  Now Richard I will keep an eye out 
  for a Vietnamese restaurant in Italy.  There will be one 
  there.  The most popular restaurant up in the Arctic Circle town of 
  Rovenemi in Finland is Vietnamese and I recall one of the most 
  memorable (for the right reasons) lunches we have ever had travelling was 
  a a lovely little eatery in Brno in the Czech Republic run by a young couple 
  of Laotians.  They are probably in France too, given the French connection 
  Vietnam, but I guess there is no 
  point saying ciao there.
  And Chris how did you enjoy 
  Caves?  Yes I did 
  write a yarn a few years ago about that rather notorious road.  Fancy it 
  finding its way to their kitchen wall. Must be a slow news kind of place to 
  put that shit on their wall.
  Richard I'll keep my eye out for 
  Good , but probably won't put the house on it.  
  Like mobile phones I am not sure if I would know how to fill in a TAB docket 
  is it still called the TAB?

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