Begging for Phones

I have the kidlets on one of those family cell phone plans.  Theoretically cheaper, especially when you consider calls to each other don’t count against minutes.

Daughter Person has been bugging me for a new phone for some time.  The way the contract works, you can get a new phone any time you want.  But if you want a discount price, you have to wait until the current contract expires, then sign a new 2-year contract.  I can live with that.

She pinged me again recently with this e-mail – – –


Hello Paternal Giver-of-Life,
Could you find out for me when the first day/last day I can get a new phone under the contract is? (I forget how it works).  I think mine needs to be sent to a home soon (next time you talk to it, try and get it to see it’s best for the whole family).  That way I can plan better.
Thank you!
Daughter Person*

p.s. I got my GRE scores and my writing score went up as well as my verbal!! Now I’m much more competitive for those merit-based fellowships–that’s a good investment right there, my friend.


Yeah, I included her “p.s.” sort of as a proud pop preen.

Anyway… I really get a kick out of her writing style in her notes to me.  Especially that greeting to me.  Makes me smile.

But, I couldn’t help but wonder if she was rehearsing for my more senior years —

“….I think mine needs to be sent to a home soon (next time you talk to it, try and get it to see it’s best for the whole family)…”

Was she rehearsing for me in later life?

Yep, gonna have to keep an eye on her…


*Yeah, we use that name for her between us in ‘real’ life, too.


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12 Responses to “Begging for Phones”

  1. lucidlunatic Says:

    I’m still waiting for logic to prevail and for Skype to beat out the traditional telephone. At that point it would just be a small step before it replaced the cell phone too.

  2. silverstar98121 Says:

    I refer to my Dad as “the sperm donor” when I am pissed at him. Not so much these days, as I reckon he won’t be around to bug me for much longer.

    I think you should hold out. After all, if you get her a new phone, she’ll just text you for money.

  3. nursemyra Says:

    of course you’re a PPP 🙂

  4. The Unbearable Banishment Says:

    It’s trickier than that. You don’t want to get a new phone/contract right before a new generation of phones is introduced on the market. If you do, you’ll be stuck with a lame out-of-date phone and have to wait for the next contract cycle.

  5. lucidlunatic Says:

    Seems to me like there’s always a new generation of phones about to be introduced on the market. Where as we have Moore’s Law for computers, here’s my law for other gadgets.

    “A new model of cell phone or PDA will be released tomorrow. It will be better than the one you bought today.”

  6. thegnukid Says:

    lucidlunatic – Skype on a wristband? now that would be some cool shit. Man From Uncle come true.

    silverstar – laughin’… yeah, she texts and calls for money. i should demand that she put it in writing and mail a damn letter whenever she wants something.

    nursemyra – can’t help it. just as i’m sure you have your PMP moments. you can’t help it either. aren’t they great? well, mostly…

    t.u.b. – i’ve been frustrated by that many times (can’t believe i’m on year 13 or so of having a cell phone). it seems you can never catch up to the technology as they’re always coming out with something new.

    lucidlunatic – exactly that! wrote t.u.b. before reading your comment. we can never catch up.

  7. Sassy Miss P Says:

    My dad goes under the label “parental unit”.
    Sometimes though he’s been “bailer out” and most often, “bank account”, although not for some years now. Occasionally he is “grumpy old man”.

    On the mobile front, I pay very little attention to the next big thing. If it rings, and I can answer it, and it’s not the size of a brick, and has decent ring tones, that’ about it. It’s a phone, not a mobile office.
    Oh and of course let’s not forget the set to silent, vibrate setting. Very important, don’t want it ringing at inoppurtune times ….

  8. daisyfae Says:

    my kids get whatever phone is free. end of discussion. fortunately, they don’t whine, or i’d implant the phone somewhere special…

    @nursemyra – hur, hur, hur… you said “PPP”…

  9. nursemyra Says:

    hur hur hur… so I did daisyfae…..

  10. thegnukid Says:

    Miss p – hmmm, i thought you wanted the “vibrate setting” for more spicy and sassy Miss P ventures… “Call me!!”

    daisyfae – me too on the free phone. that’s what i offer up to them. if they want something with more bells and whistles, they get to pay the difference.

    nursemyra – oh, will you girls just get a room…

  11. Sassy Miss P Says:

    Well yes, but I didn’t want to lower the tone of the discussion 🙂

  12. thegnukid Says:

    miss p – [laughin’] i’m touched that you think my discussions are anything but millimeters away from the gutter…

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