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  •  Can you get a cell with no plan, minutes only (5+ / 0-)

    for emergencies?  Phones have become pretty basic these days.

    Speaking of no phone, "The Glass House" comes to mind.  Best book I've read in a long time.

    •  You know I would if I really (5+ / 0-)

      needed it and emergencies do worry me a little.  But, honestly, I have lived almost sixty years without having a cell phone and have gotten by OK so far.  I have a home phone.

      It's funny, but seriously who would you call in a emergency?  Honestly, my parents only have a landline and are in their 80s, and it is my parents that all their other friends in 80s call when they have an emergency.

      I'll have to look up, "The Glass House," sounds interesting.  Who is the author?

      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

      by zaka1 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:57:35 PM PDT

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      •  Jeannette Wall wrote "The Glass House" (4+ / 0-)
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        and I think that was in 2005.  Saying much about it sort of gives it away, but it is about a family that did without "comforts" through the eyes of Jeannette Wall as she weaves her true story around events in the family through linear timeline.  Anyway, it is impossible to put down.

        I didn't get a cell phone until I had a kid in school and started dropping her off for lessons here and there.  I think her preschool required a cell phone, come to think of it.  We get a package deal of phone/cable/internet, otherwise I would drop my home phone but we basically get it "free" with the package deal.

        I do like the cell phone for when I am in the car.  Have had it stop on me and that phone was an immense relief.

        •  I didn't get one til I started donating plasma (5+ / 0-)

          and needed to be able to call my husband to get picked up. I used a prepaid one for the longest time.

          I wound up getting an unlimited minute phone because my new boyfriend likes to talk to me for an hour or so every night, and he is paying for it.

          When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

          by Alexandra Lynch on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 09:57:21 PM PDT

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      •  "The Glass CASTLE," not "house." Sorry. nt (3+ / 0-)
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      •  When the phone company tried to sell me a (5+ / 0-)

        cell phone they said everyone gets one for emergencies and what if my car broke down? I told them I would stop the first car and ask to use their phone.

        I still don't have a cell phone and doubt I ever will.

        Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

        by ZenTrainer on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 09:09:50 PM PDT

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        •  Good point. (4+ / 0-)

          I feel like people are being forced into buying products that become a constant source of financial drain.  By that I mean, when cell phones caught on they ripped out all the public pay phones.  Some of us have used those in an emergency, although the people you had to call collect weren't really happy about the collect call and having to come to save your butt.  When cell phones first came out people did buy them for emergencies, but now they have almost become an extension of people, like a third arm or something.  Honestly, I like sitting down in person with someone over a cup of tea or coffee and enjoying a real relationship.

          Most people using their cell phones and texting are either driving or shopping in the grocery store.  LOL, I actually had a friend come over one night who sat and talked on his cell phone for 45 minutes before I got up and started cleaning house around him, his company (on his cell phone) was a complete waste of my time.

          "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

          by zaka1 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 10:48:37 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah, I broke down when I had (2+ / 0-)
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          my baby and she started preschool.  I've had it since.  I use it a lot for a lot of things now.  Which is why I would get rid of my house land line if I had to "pay" for it.  It comes in the bundle package by internet and cable provider.  Have to have the internet; it is how we make money.  Like some of the cable shows, but could do without that if money got tight.  But the providers don't make it cheap for high speed internet and some don't offer high speed but only in bundles.

          I drive mainly on the interstate, and flagging a car down is easier said than done.  But before I moved to the city, that is exactly how I got help and how I helped people.

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