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Before cell phones.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by FreakyStyley69, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. FreakyStyley69

    FreakyStyley69 Banned

    Oct 19, 2012
    I almost made a new screen name to post this as I knew I was going to get the old guys flamin about this generating and day deir Facebook. Then I realized I have no reputation to lose.

    I got my first cell phone when I was 18 that was around 2006 since started my career at 20 I have always had an iphone. Bosses come to me to for all sorts of information from random to work related. Seems knowing how to search is a skill?

    Anyways sometimes at work there is downtime. Lots of it. I honestly, It got me thinking. What would I do without my phone. Like literally.if you were at work with absolutely nothing to do. What do you do? It is now the norm for people to reach for their phone play a game text someone etc.

    I don't know what I would do. I am always learning looking up random stuff. Just constantly learning. People are surprised at my expertise on so much that I wouldn't have if it weren't for my phone and the Internet.

    So anyways.. Really what did people do to pass time when there was nothing to do AT WORK.
  2. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Found some work to do.
  3. Do mean goofing off or being productive?
  4. FreakyStyley69

    FreakyStyley69 Banned

    Oct 19, 2012
    This literally isn't an option sometimes!

    I guess I'm the only one who may be in a position say 100 foot up in the air, tied off to a beam can't go anywhere nothing else I could possibly be doing.
  5. FreakyStyley69

    FreakyStyley69 Banned

    Oct 19, 2012
    I could tell! I still run into an old timer every now and then..oh so little they know
  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Interesting timing for this thread. Today is the 20 year anniversary of the first text message sent and received.

  7. skychief


    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    Hold that close.

    It may be be all you own.
  8. FreakyStyley69

    FreakyStyley69 Banned

    Oct 19, 2012
    Lol someone mentioned Facebook my foreman asked what's that. We asked if he had an email address he said I don't know. They asked who his Internet provider was he said blue ray.

  9. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
  10. Read a book...
  11. This. It is still my preferred method to kill time as well. You learn much more from a book than you do just mindlessly googleing stuff.

  12. FreakyStyley69

    FreakyStyley69 Banned

    Oct 19, 2012
    Like....... 50 shades of grey?
  13. I always try to carry a book on me, especially if I knew I may have some time to waste.

    I also like doing crosswords/puzzles - sudoku books are something fun to have around.

    Then again, I suppose you can do all that from your phone nowadays too, so it depends how you use the things at your disposable, eh?
  14. No, real literature, not that vile crap!

  15. FreakyStyley69

    FreakyStyley69 Banned

    Oct 19, 2012
    Just messing. Don't be so matter of fact
  16. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I guess smoke break and water cooler conversation have been relegated to history.
  17. FreakyStyley69

    FreakyStyley69 Banned

    Oct 19, 2012
    Yeah.. Ihave t been reading nearly enough lately(books that is) I can't quite carry a whole book on me. I tried e books and audiobooks. It's just not the same as good old paper. I used to read books alot.
  18. I work in an area where we can't bring in cell phones. What do I do when things are dull? I play around on the internet. A lot of times I'm looking up work related stuff or studying school stuff.
  19. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    This. Seriously. I'm not knocking you. But we used to FIND work to do when we ran out of stuff to do. If I were paying you and found out you were on a personal quest for knowledge on my dime I would be pissed. A couple of decades ago things were really different. Work ethic was much stronger in more people. I worked the sales floor at a music store. If I had "nothing to do" I would inventory strings, clean up, make some phone calls to touch base with old customers, etc. Anyone who leaned against the counter and waited for customers soon found themselves unemployed.

    Again, I don't know your situation. You may have been told to stay where you are and don't move when you catch up. But I would imagine there really is something you could do.

    That being said, I love Googling junk on my phone these days.
  20. FreakyStyley69

    FreakyStyley69 Banned

    Oct 19, 2012
    Yeah read my post and you'd see. Oh no anybody in sales has no excuse. I guess its just my situation