Thursday, November 12, 2009

call me

The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.
Edwin Way Teale (1899–1980)naturalist, photographer, and writer

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998) author & educator

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin (1924-1987) writer & activist

Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.
Ambrose Bierce (1842- presumed dead in 1914) writer & editor

Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
Like a worm on a hook,
like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee.
If I, if I have been unkind,
I hope that you can just let it go by.
Leonard Cohen (b. 1934) singer-songwriter, poet
from Bird on a Wire

A Harvard study indicated that cell phone users are 4 to 5 times more likely to be involved in auto accidents than non-users. The risk for text messaging is probably higher because it requires more attention.


notes on photos:
  1. telephone wires along a country road in lehigh county pennsylvania, may 2008
  2. my nana (age 89) talking on her phone to her daughter, my mother. in trying to come up with some snaps for this week's theme, I discovered that I have scores of pics taken of family and friends while they are on the phone. at first glance these photographs might seem quite boring; but if we look closely often the photo is fraught with the essence of a person, time, and/or place. harwood mines, pennsylvania - 1996 - this photo was taken a few months before my nana broke her hip. this break resulted in her having to move out of the house where she had lived for over seventy years and into a nursing home. she lived there from 1997 to 2003, and died at the age of 96 (transferred from film)
  3. lil tv, one of my fairy godchildren- lil tv isn't so little these days! this photo was also taken in 1996 and transferred from film. this was the year when f was living in cleveland while e and I were wrapping things up in connecticut. I seem to have taken a lot of pics of people talking on the phone that year - I wonder why!
  4. caller id - I love it! 'out of area' = don't have to answer!!
  5. birds on wires, summer 2009
  6. in july cleveland instituted an ordinance prohibiting texting while driving - a most excellent law in my humble opinion. as with alcohol cell phones and driving do not mix!!
by the way, this was one of the more challenging themes....I don't know if I pulled it off, but hey, I gave it the ol' college try!


blondie's 1980 chart topper call me, the song was also used in the film american gigolo.

28 comments:

Ronda Laveen said...

Yea, you pulled it off-quite well actually. Loved seeing your family with phones. And, Blondie was a great choice of music.

tattytiara said...

Made me smile, made me think - you got up to all kinds of mischief in my head with that post.

Coffee Messiah said...

Cool and haven't seen a Buscalia quote since the '80s ; )

Brings back the memories of only sending and receiving calls in the confines of ones own home.

Oh, those were the days ; )

Tom said...

one of these years all the telephones wires will dissapear...poor birdies! they'll have to rely on trees once more. Nice play on the theme.

willow said...

Gosh, I love that country road in Lehigh Co. So quintessentially American.

Roy said...

A nice line-up of telephone-related shots! And you picked the same "Call Me" video as I did; I'll have to go back and pick the orchestral one instead!

Candie Bracci said...

Lovely post,lovely pictures!Yeah I put Blondie too on my blog even though I won't do a TT post today.

R.J. Edwards said...

Great pictures!

Brian Miller said...

love the vid! and the nostlgic pics...my boys loved playing with our old cell phones...if i can just keep them from stealing the real ones...no joke, he is in first grade and has several class mates that have their own phone already!

Angella Lister said...

I love this. I particularly love the photo of your Nana at 89, and your observation that the image is a rich tapestry of personality, time and place. There is so much to just fall into in that photo, the green desk, the writing implements in the stem glass, the religious artifacts, the candy jar, the tablecloth with stripes perfectly aligned, the walker in front of your Nana, which belies the vigor and engagement on her face, in her posture, as she makes her conversational point. It is such a beautiful moment.

My mom and her 6 sisters are up in their eighties and nineties now, so this image for me is so very poignant. Thank you.

e said...

I love these quotes and photos and I am in favour of laws against texting and cell phone while driving. I was almost killed by a woman on a cell who had no idea she drifted into my lane...

AngelMay said...

I don't "text" even when I'm NOT driving.

ArtSparker said...

I love the pairing of the Ambrose Bierce quote with the message on the cell phone.

Betsy said...

Very nice take on the theme..you're always one of my faves!

otin said...

You covered about every base on this one!

Alan Burnett said...

Great post. And well done for getting that song from the Sainted Leonard in there. Happy TT.

Kate Hanley said...

I love all the different pictures, it really made me realize how ubiquitous phones are - they seep into all aspects of our lives from cell phones to telephone wires to texting laws and phones are a part of everyone's lives from the old to the young. Such a great post.

Wings said...

Fun pics and quotes! And Blondie - again! :)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks everyone for the thoughtful comments...

this was a challenge, I discovered I seemed to have only had intentions to take photos of public phones, my quick look into my cache of photos left me empty handed -oddly I did find dozens of pictures of family and friends talking on the phone - talk about captive subjects....

tom, your remark about the birds mirrored my own thoughts as did kate's remark about the ubiquitous presence of phones.... I fear it won't be long before some company is successful with the concept of implanting small phones - a la the borg - those little ear piece phones are a baby step away from implants!

Megan said...

I think you did an excellent job. That picture of your grandma reminded me of mine so much I got a little melancholy - but then the Bierce quote picked me up again!

No calling or texting allowed while driving in California! (Well, you can call if you have a headset.)

JeffScape said...

I'd say you pulled it off. Definitely a difficult topic.

Colette Amelia said...

Well I see we were insync for a couple things!

Good selection as usual! The scrabble game is on!

Baino said...

Sorry but one look at that little chicken and her frizzly frazzy hair and beautiful face and I can't remember the other photos. She's such a gem! And the Buscaglia quote . . should be everyone's mantra

Harnett-Hargrove said...

advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.... and for so many other reasons... -Jayne

...mmm... said...

I remember that song well. Love your photos adn the storeis behind them. Ahh the phone--can;t live with it, can;t live w/o irt.

lettuce said...

telephone wires - of course, great way to approach this one

and I love the photo of your nan

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I love the shot of Nana with the corded landline phone. I remember that my Nana had a "telephone station" in her hall with a special little alcove just for the phone.

Dreamhaven said...

Wonderful photos, Great post. Happy TT