My friend Raelynn has a phone she swears will do her hair and nails, tell her what shoes to wear with all her outfits, and lie about her age.
I don’t need a little electronic box to tell me what to wear, how to organize my CDs, or when to flip the steaks over. To me, a smart phone is one that knows not to ring when I’m in the shower. And never accepts messages from discarded spouses.
Also, I don’t need a phone with a name of its own. I can’t remember the names of my children. I don’t need to try and conjure up an extra one for a device I can’t figure out how to use.
My phone has so many buttons, I feel like I’m initiating a launch code whenever I check my messages. The last time I tried to take a picture, I accidentally turned on the voice controls. I was out shopping, and I’m pretty sure Mall Security picked up my trail before I got as far as Victoria’s Secret.
“Say a command,” the phone snapped smartly.
“Shut up!” I squealed, digging in my pocket to retrieve the thing.
“Say a command,” the device insisted.
“Fold the laundry!” Humor is my defense mechanism. As with most of the other mechanisms in my life, the warranty expired the day I needed it most.
“No, not five, FOLD, you crazy thing.”
“Calling the Captain.”
“Not Captain. Crazy!”
Other shoppers shot uneasy glances in my direction. “Talk about Captain Crazy,” an elderly woman muttered and whipped an Emergency Bat Turn with her walker right in the food court.
“Look,” I muttered discreetly to the palm of my hand. “Behave. No one will hear you scream.”
“I said NO ONE. Not 9-1-1.”
“Emergency services” came a refreshingly human voice from my phone.
“HELLO!” I screamed frantically. “My phone has taken over. Please help me!”
Small children hid behind the clothes racks in Lane Bryant. Passersby detoured around the hemp tattoo kiosk to avoid me.
I spoke into the phone. “You think I’m psycho, don’t you?”
“Lady,” the Emergency Responder answered. “You had me at hello.”