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PF Weekly Grab a brew #41: Can you survive without a cell phone for just one night?

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Disconnect For A Day And Live A Little

Should you have a plan b just in case your cell phone provider goes down?

Yes, we should have “disconnect for a day” as a national holiday in Canada where everyone puts technology away and just lives a little like we used to back in the 80’s and early 90’s.

Only problem is you don’t get paid for it like you might a holiday from work, you just do it.

Think about life back then if you were around (showing my age here) and what you did, how you lived it and how life has changed from then to now. Don’t you ever wish you could just go back to the simple life?

I know you may say we have to get on with the times and I agree but I also believe that sometimes we miss the small things that are pushing the envelope today like the cell phone.

We had no need for them back then like we do today, so why the big change and dependency?

Last week on Grab a Brew #40 I brought up the topic about whether or not we are dependent on the internet and how some people rely so heavily on it just to get by day by day.

Then the week prior grab a brew #39 I talked about ditching the home phone and replacing it with a cell phone because that is what most people do these days.


Rogers is down captain


If you own a cell phone and are with anyone other than Rogers than just the other day you are full aware that Rogers wireless went down. It went down hard across the country as it was plastered all over social media and the news.

Sometimes it’s hard to avoid such a ‘catastrophe’ to some because it’s every other comment that fills your news feed or twitter page and it trends and spreads like wild-fire.

Rogers CEO and president, Nadir Mohamed apologized to the sea of Rogers customers according to Yahoo saying that they worked as quick as possible to restore service to their customers. The website apparently crashed shortly after. He explained that it was unacceptable and that they were investigating. I’m sure they are.

Apparently the service was restored before midnight but for us it made no difference as my wife has a normal cell phone used for emergencies (honestly if it were me I could do without the cell) whereas for others it’s their life-line.

I can understand why people would be angry but we also have to understand that things happen in life and nothing and no one is perfect.

Gosh, if only we lived in a world where nothing happened what would life be like? Some people may see the outage as no big deal and others went haywire over not having access to their most prized possession, the cell phone.

Many tweeters according to the Yahoo article even went hell for leather sharing their anger at some guy on Twitter who uses @rogers as his Twitter handle yet had nothing to do with Rogers lol.

I could only imagine what it was like on his end of social media. I bet just for a moment in time he felt like a star, I mean they all do something to piss someone off so I hope he soaked it all up.

This just goes to show us the power of the internet and the power that a cell phone provider gives to its customers yet when taken away can seem as if the customer has lost his/her blanket like Linus van Pelt, Charlies best friend from the popular Charlie Brown series.


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People were freaking out and I was thinking oh well, I guess we will just have to wait until they are up and running.

I had said to my best friend whom I was talking with as it all went down that so many people were complaining via social media and how I thought they were making a huge deal out this. That’s when he set me straight.

I think that we become dependent on technology and the internet has proven that for me so I’m doing my  best to stay away from adding to my technology bundle.

I have owned a cell in my life because I replaced my home phone with my cell phone back in the UK but you can’t get me to pay the outrageous prices they charge to own a cell phone in Canada, at least not yet.

I already have to call once a year to Rogers so I can negotiate a better price on our services which I don’t mind but at the same time I shake my head wondering why we have to do this.

I was single at the time and didn’t need to pay for a home phone and a cell phone so I opted for the cell like many people do today.

I had laughed about the moaning and groaning all over my social media and sure enough my wife’s cell was dead, and I mean dead. She had no text nor could anyone call or receive any incoming calls.

We made it through the night safely and without crisis not having a working cell phone although it didn’t really phase us at all.

There was a technical glitch and they were fixing it, oh well. One comment I read on the Yahoo article said that for that moment in time the roads were safer having fewer people on their cell phones while driving.

While that may be true I should hope that it doesn’t take a wireless provider to go down for us to realize that it’s just not safe to drive and text. We should all have a minute to live.

Nothing is more important than life, nothing.


It’s in our head


Sometimes I believe we condition ourselves to think we need something when we do not.

Boy that chocolate bar looks so good, I sure could use one, so we eat it. The same goes with anything else in life. If we believe in something strongly we can make it come true, even if it is just eating a chocolate bar.

Alternatively the more we do or use something the more we become dependent on it and when it’s taken away it’s like something died or it’s the end of the world unless you have a back-up plan.

If you rely on your credit card for everything and then you lose your job how will you pay for your credit card bill every month?

You need a plan b if you rely on something so heavily that it affects your emotions or daily living plans.

Life never used to be as complicated as it is today with technology surrounding us.

Are we becoming a lazy world because of it?


The good old days


My best friend says to me that not everyone has a home phone anymore so they rely on their cell phone.

If a cell phone provider goes down customers who are reliant may not have a means to finish their work or use of a cell while on the road even though that’s the way it’s been done before the invention of the cell or GPS.

Unless of course your vehicle was sporting a CB radio then you could radio for help.

We drove, used a map and if we broke down we pulled over and if needed we asked someone for help. It was that simple but life is much more complicated with the birth of technology but convenient at the same time.

While on Facebook one of my other friends posted a status update stating she was glad she was not using Rogers as a cell phone provider and she hopes no one needs to call 911 because they won’t be able to.

Then again? How would they call for help if the home phone line went down? You can never win but things happen in life that we can’t control.


No one is perfect


If it’s not Rogers it will be the next company and then the next until we run out of providers to jump to because we believe they have some sort of magical power and will never go down. Please.

As I get older now I realize that we just need to stop sweating the small things and learn to live a little. We put the control of our lives in the hands of others and wonder why we get grey hair before our time.

On a good note for Rogers pre-paid cell phone customers Rogers will credit their monthly bill for the day but to be honest we really don’t care about it, but that’s just us. Things happen.

For others, it may be a huge deal but that’s something you need to decide how you will work around if this happens again. Don’t let a cell phone control your life.

So, yes we do rely on cell phones more than we likely had ever imagined and our world is in the midst of a continuous technology blast that will change the way we all view and live out our future.

Do you rely heavily on your cell phone?


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Well, that’s a wrap for this Friday’s grab a brew, Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.




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  1. The only cell phone in the house is the younger boys cell, which is with Bell. We got it back a few years ago when his Dad was in the hospital and our landline went dead. Never did figure out why but I had hubby in hospital and no way to call out or receive calls. At that time I had to go down the street and one of the girls at the drugstore let me use the store phone to call Bell. Thank you Judy!!! I was I tears and asking for a supervisor when told it could take 2-3 weeks to get someone to look at things for us. I begged, pleaded and cried and managed to get some one to the house the next morning. We have since changed the land line to Rogers with the Internet, and cable. The cell is still with Bell. We have had Rogers go down with the phone,cable and Internet. Twice this year alone. I used the cell to call them and find out what was going on. The cell is used for emergencies and if we go out of town for appointments. We have had a couple of times where we went for an appointment that lead to a surprise long as the mobile units of Bell and Rogers don’t go down at the same time I’m good……. I hope.
    Should we ever have a massive power failure like the one 10 years ago, I think the cells will eventually drop off line as they runout of power. Computers will eventually too for the same reason, even if you have access to a wifi signal. When we had that our land line still worked and that was what we were able to use to keep in touch with other family members to make sure all were safe. I think it will take something like that to smarten us up our reliance on these things…
    I’ll have to have a real good look at that recipe…it looks so yummy!!!!!! Hope you have a good weekend and a lovely Thanksgiving!!!

  2. I actually don’t mind when my wireless carrier goes down. You can still make emergency calls, no matter what network you are on, so I am good. I love when I go camping in the deep woods and my cell phone doesn’t work at all. Those are good times.

  3. Yes, people CAN survive without a cell phone! However, too many have these things practically glued to their hands, and spend more time texting and playing online and updating statuses, often to the point of being rude (ever watch customers in stores paying more attention to their phones than to the cashier? Yet if the cashier doesn’t say “hi” or anything to them, they get their panties in a knot yet don’t see anything wrong with their ignoring the cashier by focusing on that cellphone!).

    I went away for 4 days, and guess what? Didn’t use my cellphone at all. And didn’t miss it.

  4. We both rely somewhat heavily for our business. When we’re at meetings we can use it to access things we need and not have to have our laptop there with us. If it wasn’t for that then I’d likely be fine without it as it’s just something else to have. We did have the internet go down a week or so ago for about four hours and thankfully it was on the weekend when we really didn’t need it as we weren’t working. If it did happen during the week, sure I wouldn’t like it but life is too short to get all hot and bothered over something like that.

  5. I guess I rely on my cell phone some what but we do not have a land. My cell phone has replaced my alarm clock, calendar. scheduler, etc… however, there could be days gone by before I receive a phone call!! Can I live without my phone? Most certainly. I would just have to buy an alarm!! 🙂

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