Monday, February 20, 2006

Got a Blackberry? Love it? Tell me why...

I don't own a Blackberry and don't want one. The ONE person I know who loves them is the ex and I ain't talking to her... so I've come to you... my friends. Tell me, please, what is it the thing does and why is it that so many people are enchanted with them?

I'm gonna call it a "Crackberry" in my new Rom/Com script (which all my friends have been doing for a while now, Shawna too, evidently) but I wanna know why someone would be addicted to the thing.... obviously, I don't get it.... maybe cause I don't have one and I ain't buying one! Or maybe it's cause I don't have an addictive personality... yeah that's it! ;)

11 Comments:

At 5:50 PM, February 20, 2006, Anonymous Eddie said...

I dunno. "Crackberry" is funny, though.

 
At 6:07 PM, February 20, 2006, Blogger RKBentley said...

I don't have one, my current cell phont works fine and doesn't need an update.

I've seen them all over the news.

To me all PDA's are the same, until Apple comes out with their own, again.

 
At 6:27 PM, February 20, 2006, Blogger shecanfilmit said...

The neurotic female protagonist in the screenplay I'm currently writing carries a "crackberry" everywhere (the term has been used by techies for a few years now), driving everyone around her crazy by checking it every ten minutes. The character tic is based on a former (male) coworker of mine - I wanted to throw his crackberry across the room at some points.

In the screenplay, the device doesn't make it into the 3rd act. :-)

There's a chance that the BlackBerry network may go dark due to a pending decision on a patent matter, but they'll probably figure out a way to resolve it. Too much money is a stake.

http://www.techworld.com/mobility/features/index.cfm?featureID=2241

 
At 7:12 PM, February 20, 2006, Blogger Shawna said...

Let me be clear that I don't have one because I want one, I have one for work. Over the ten years in my I.T. career I've had pagers, nextels, and now a Nextel Blackberry. So now I can be reached literally anywhere, anytime by phone, point-to-point, e-mail or page, all on this one device. It is great if I want to send a friend a quick email, but it is hell during my work day, when you feel the need to check for incoming messages during meetings, during lunch, before I go to bed...

It becomes a very bad habit, which just gets worse over time. You feel like you might be missing something important. I don't know why carrying the thing around amps my paranoia like that, I mean pre-Blackberry, if I were in a meeting, those "important" e-mails would just have to wait until I got back to my desk. But it does. Worse, I've responded to emails while driving, while getting my hair highlighted, while eating. I've become a pro at the thumb typing on the keypad, not something to be proud of really.

My boss isn't so good with the keypad and sometimes I get weird messages as a result. Last week he thought we should hold a 'merrying' to discuss something (he meant 'meeting'). What made me laugh about that, was he typoed the word TWICE in one sentence.

Blackberrys and Treos (and Sidekicks too, I guess) are all just addictive little devices to feed the paranoia and OCD that some of us suffer. Pity us.

 
At 11:11 PM, February 20, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Eddie.. why ya think I'm usuing that word?

Robert... I'm with you, I BARELY use my cell phone. In fact, since breaking up with the ex, and not having to answer her every call, I've never gone over my minutes in a month!

Christina, yeah, I'm aware of the ligigation, it seems likely that the PTO will throw that license out. I've been keeping track of that suit via Yahoo. Thanks for the heads up though!

Shawna, yeah, I thought it was a work inflicted addiction. But, then isn't that what most addicts claim? ;) Playin', I'm playin'.... put that pie down!

 
At 10:00 AM, February 21, 2006, Anonymous alexandra said...

Start worrying when you're in the middle of the ultimate passionate moment and, the damn things goes off and who should stop right at that precious moment and lean across to answer it? Maybe I need to swap my girlfriend for a crackberry?

I've smashed two in the last couple of years, neither of them were mine. But oh, did it feel good. :-)

 
At 7:12 PM, February 21, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Alexandra,
I, like you, would be smashing them into smithereens if they interupt me during a passionate tryst. As for swapping the gf... Ive heard of them dropped for lesser crimes!

;)

 
At 10:54 PM, February 21, 2006, Blogger me said...

well I certainly don't have one, don't even know what they are... But hey I don't have a cell phone eithor I think people look so ridiculous carrying them around looking at them every 5 minutes.. if someone wants to get ahold of you that bad they will call back. It truly annoys me when someone comes to my drive up window with one in there ear then says to me hold on! I have actually said if your not ready to order please move up there is a car behind you...

 
At 11:59 PM, February 21, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

I have a cell phone (a requirement if you own a renodeling business) but I RARELY use the damn thing.

One of the things I'm going to have my "boy" (in the rom/com) do is to deliberately turn OFF his cell phone when he's having dinner with my "girl". Sweet of him, no?

 
At 9:32 AM, February 23, 2006, Anonymous alexandra said...

LOL! Yeah I wouldn't be surprised, Writegurl. And I have a cell phone, that goes in the car with me, but, half the time I forget to turn the damn thing on.

And that's cute about the rom/com. ;-)

 
At 6:46 PM, February 25, 2006, Blogger Alicia said...

I suppose it would be helpful for those individuals that absolutely CANNOT function without their e-mail and Internet connection. But nowadays phones do that. I think Blackberry translates into one thing: status symbol. Nothing else.

 

Post a Comment

<< Home