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Life on the phone 

If you're in public reading this, you can probably spot at least one person on a cell phone. Cell phones are omnipresent in restaurants, movie theaters, concerts, bookstores, coffee shops, sidewalks, grocery store aisles and checkout lines -- even classrooms, public bathrooms and hiking trails. Cell phone etiquette is an increasing rarity, with people conducting loud conversations, even arguments, in total disregard of everyone around them. But they -- and the towers that enable them -- are here to stay (see cover story, page 14).
click to enlarge Jane Glenn - Alamosa - College student -  -  - What's your biggest cell phone peeve? I predict - that 20 years from now they'll have been proven to cause - some sort of brain problem. Also, they're a hazard when - people use them while driving. -  - What are your thoughts on cell phone - omnipresence? A lot of people don't practice cell - phone etiquette. People take cell phone calls and hold - conversations right in the middle of a movie. -  - What's the most annoying cell phone commercial? -  To be honest, there's some really neat cell phone - commercials. I love that Verizon guy who walks around - saying, "Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?" -  - What's the best use for cell phones? I don't - have one, but I'm about to travel back to Alamosa. If I - have a breakdown somewhere, I'll have no help. -  - How did we survive prior to cell phones? I - guess some people hardly did.
  • Jane Glenn

    Alamosa

    College student

    What's your biggest cell phone peeve? I predict that 20 years from now they'll have been proven to cause some sort of brain problem. Also, they're a hazard when people use them while driving.

    What are your thoughts on cell phone omnipresence? A lot of people don't practice cell phone etiquette. People take cell phone calls and hold conversations right in the middle of a movie.

    What's the most annoying cell phone commercial? To be honest, there's some really neat cell phone commercials. I love that Verizon guy who walks around saying, "Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?"

    What's the best use for cell phones? I don't have one, but I'm about to travel back to Alamosa. If I have a breakdown somewhere, I'll have no help.

    How did we survive prior to cell phones? I guess some people hardly did.

click to enlarge Phil Hillgren -  - Downtown - Maintenance engineer -  -  - What's your cell phone hot button? - Restaurants. - People holding conversations while everyone's trying to - eat dinner. -  - How did our ancestors make it without cell phones? -  I guess they just managed somehow. -  - What's the most annoying cell phone commercial? -  - The new one with that "oooh-oooh, oooh-oooh- - oooh" song. Also, the guy in the trench coat who travels - around solving everyone's lives with cell phone deals. -  - How would you restrict cell phone use if you could? -  I'd ban them in restaurants, doctors' offices, - movies -- any public area. Maybe have cell phone and - non-cell-phone sections in restaurants.
  • Phil Hillgren

    Downtown

    Maintenance engineer

    What's your cell phone hot button? Restaurants. People holding conversations while everyone's trying to eat dinner.

    How did our ancestors make it without cell phones? I guess they just managed somehow.

    What's the most annoying cell phone commercial? The new one with that "oooh-oooh, oooh-oooh- oooh" song. Also, the guy in the trench coat who travels around solving everyone's lives with cell phone deals.

    How would you restrict cell phone use if you could? I'd ban them in restaurants, doctors' offices, movies -- any public area. Maybe have cell phone and non-cell-phone sections in restaurants.

click to enlarge Mary MacLean -  - Penrose Hospital area -  - Childrens therapist -  -  -  What's the most annoying thing about cell phones? - Last night at the movies, someone in front of me - had - her cell phone open the entire movie, and it shined right - into my eyes. It was incredibly annoying. -  - Do you have one? I do. I keep it in my car, - though, and I don't turn it on. -  - What compels people to use cell phones everywhere - they go day and night? They are a handy thing in - terms of reaching people -- work, connections, - relationships, getting together. -  - How did people get by prior to cell phones? - Things were probably more laid back and less frenetic. -  - What's the best thing about cell phones? - They're handy. If my husband is at the store and I need - him to pick something up, I can call him on the spot. -  - What's the worst thing about them? They're a - danger when people use them while driving, but I have - to admit that I do that sometimes, too.
  • Mary MacLean

    Penrose Hospital area

    Childrens therapist

    What's the most annoying thing about cell phones? Last night at the movies, someone in front of me had her cell phone open the entire movie, and it shined right into my eyes. It was incredibly annoying.

    Do you have one? I do. I keep it in my car, though, and I don't turn it on.

    What compels people to use cell phones everywhere they go day and night? They are a handy thing in terms of reaching people -- work, connections, relationships, getting together.

    How did people get by prior to cell phones? Things were probably more laid back and less frenetic.

    What's the best thing about cell phones? They're handy. If my husband is at the store and I need him to pick something up, I can call him on the spot.

    What's the worst thing about them? They're a danger when people use them while driving, but I have to admit that I do that sometimes, too.

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