Caller ID. It's fabulous, isn't it? Before it came along we actually had to answer the phone in order to know who was on the other end.
The anticipation was almost painful; wasn't it? Would it be the cute guy you met the other day? Would it be your best girlfriend calling to pick apart the latest gathering of friends and what they were wearing in minute detail? Or would it be the annoying sales call? Or your mother reminding you for the gazillonth time that you need to call your Aunt Gladys?
You just never knew. Picking up that ringing phone was a roll of the dice. And being the curious humans that we are, we usually picked it up and sealed our fate - either we got a date out of it or we hung up the phone being more than a bit annoyed. You just never knew!
Until Caller ID came into the picture. Then we were freed from the bonds that a ringing phone brought. We no longer HAD to answer it - we could just look at the little window and figure out if we needed or even, wanted, to answer it. And the angels sang - much to the annoyance of the sales guys and moms the world over.
And then other fabulous technology crept in. Like Speed Dial. Another wonderful invention - no more would we have to store those all important phone numbers somewhere impractical; like in our brain. NO. Now with ONE push of a button you could call whomever you want. It was magical. Just think of all that free space your brain has now that it no longer has to store all those phone numbers!
But then one day you realize a fatal flaw to all this marvelous technology when you accidentally hit the wrong speed dial and the phone rings a few times before you realize your mistake. You hang up and pray that the person on the other end of the phone never checks her Caller ID. But, of course, she does; because as I mentioned before humans are curious. They want to know who called.
And despite the fact that you really don't want to talk to the person you accidentally called (because you are beyond aggravated with them and their choices and figure the only way you can remain friends is to not actually talk to her until you - and things - calm down or you might actually tell her that you are aggravated with her which would lead you down a road you aren't really ready to deal with at this moment in time) you are then INUNDATED with voice mails and texts from this person.
And then? That is when you realize that maybe Caller ID wasn't such a good idea after all.