Smartphones: Still Can’t Get Used To ‘Em

I hike several times daily through the quaint village of West Hollywood, California. My usual route is about two miles along busy Santa Monica Boulevard. It’s the final leg of the famed US Route 66 that continues thru lush Beverly Hills on its end at the Pacific Ocean.

My hike is always interesting, and my camera ready to find interesting views of landscapes, stores, traffic, people, pets and everything else. One aspect that always gets me is people walking while talking on their little electronic devices. Although it has been a usual sight for several years now, I still marvel at how it has taken over everywhere.

Back in long-ago days when I strolled busy streets, people who walked along and talked aloud to little boxes were considered insane. Now, it’s common to literally bump into dozens of yakkers a day on the sidewalk and crossing streets. However, it’s even more dramatic now, because this area of Santa Monica Boulevard is populated by many homeless people.

Unfortunately, many are mentally ill, and stroll along talking to themselves and nobody in particular. My dilemma is figuring out which of the public ranters are using smartphones.

2 thoughts on “Smartphones: Still Can’t Get Used To ‘Em

  1. Ed Lipp

    Hi Ted. Think back three-fourths of a century to a HS English teacher named Prof. Faust. He amused us by reciting a sentence that was grammatically correct but logically impossible: “I am not here.” What a difference a lifetime makes! It’s still grammatically correct. And today’s technological revolution has now rendered it also logically correct, as you have observed all around you.


    1. Ted Post author

      Thanx for your comment, Ed. I recall Faust and also our class sponsor, Blinky Wolf. Not to forget Frenchy, Blackie and Redsie. You caught me at a confused old man moment. My 7-yr-old Mac desktop died last week & daughter Beth bought me a new one. I’m attempting to work on it. Allegedly it’s much faster and more user-friendly, but I find it just the opposite. Add all the swarming desktop covering ads, and watch my 92-year-old brain fade away.

      Hope all’s well with you. Best, Ted (Herman)



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