When carrying a cell phone, I very seldom use the 'Memory' or 'Address Book' feature. I prefer to dial the phone numbers of family and friends from my own wet-ware memory, rather than to use the silicon one that comes with the phone.
Likewise, if I am traveling to meet someone, I write their phone number on a piece of paper and dial from that if I need to contact them.
Seems like these days I am in the distinct minority on this. Everyone seems to be using their cell-phone memory to hold numbers -- so much so that quite a few people I've met on a professional basis cannot remember the phone of close family.
This is a Bad Thing.
Every day, someone will be booked into our jail, who when it comes time for those famous Two Completed Phone Calls, tells the officer, "I want to call Soandso."
Officer sez, "Okay, what's that number?"
Bookee, in a stricken whisper, "It's in my cell phone."
Which, naturally, has already been sealed inside a plastic property bag, that being locked inside a property box.
And I'm here to tell you that this is a syndrome which affects even those who haven't wound up getting hooked and booked.
Sometime ago I was in the midst of a midnight munchie run when a young lady walking across the parking lot of the grocery store whilst talking on her cell phone wasn't paying quite as much attention to walking as might have been appropriate -- consequently managing to trip over a car stop and produce two of the prettiest silver fork fractures I have ever seen.
Rescue was called, I was attempting to make her comfortable until they got there and I asked if there was someone who should be notified.
She answered that she wanted her daddy called. I asked what his number was, she replied that it was in her cell phone.
Unfortunately, the cell phone was not quite as impact-resistant as one might have hoped.
The last I saw of her, she was being loaded into an ambulance -- and still had not been able to contact family.
Gentle Readers, cell phones can be wonderful little gadgets. However, as with anything made by man, they can fail. Dead batteries. Impact. Water infiltration. Simple wear-and-tear. Car crashes.
Remembering Rule Number One* here at The LawDog Files, you can guarantee that your cell phone will go Paws Up about the time that your life goes Biblically pear-shaped.
Folks, memorize your important numbers. Dial them from your own memory so that you will continue to remember them. If you can't do this, write them down on something that doesn't require electricity, an LCD screen and delicate electronics to read.
*For the newbies, Rule Number One is: "Murphy hates you. Personally."