Cellphones and ice-fishing

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

March 8th, 2008


A funny thing happened on the way to the theatre last week. My daughter was home for Reading Week and we had tickets to a show at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. We both got dressed up for our downtown mother-daughter date, and were on the QEW driving into the city when she got a text message from her room-mate, who had returned to her home near Thessalon for the week.

“What did she say?” I asked in my usual nosy-mom fashion.

“It’s —30 and she’s at her camp out on the lake ice-fishing,” my daughter replied, as if this were an everyday occurrence. As if maybe she and I could toss out a line on the way home after the show.

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it slightly surreal that one leggy blond 19-year-old student dressed to the nines and sitting in a car hurtling along a highway in southern Ontario can chat away with another leggy blond 19-year-old sitting beside a snow machine in the bush some 400 km away and bundled to her eyebrows in winter gear? Who knew that cellphones work at —30, or that you can get a signal in the middle of winter out on a frozen northern lake? I can’t even get a signal in Parry Sound in the middle of summer!

Personally, I love this ability to communicate, to keep in touch and know what’s going on. Even when we go to our island cottage, it takes me a few days to get over e-mail withdrawal. What about you?


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Mar. 31, 2008

3:56 pm

This is the eternal struggle for me. My business as a Realtor keeps me connected via email, texting and phone all the time to clients and the public, from whom I definietely want to hear. When I get to the cottage, I want no part of my cell phone! I turn the damn thing off. We use my wife's phone, the number of which is known only to family and friends, for communication and emergencies. HOWEVER, it is nice to turn the cell phone back on when I've stretched Sunday into Monday at the lake. I don't have to physically return to the grind to cover the odd call. Monday mornings at the lake are wonderfully quiet and joyously decadent.


Mar. 27, 2008

10:06 am

I love the fact that 2, 19 year old girls from very different backgrounds can share their cultural differences - by cell phone or otherwise. That the girls thought that exchange was so natural is a huge step forward for us all. You go girls!


Mar. 14, 2008

12:11 pm

I wonder how civilization has survived all these years without cell phones and text messaging. I don't remember feeling left out just because my friends couldn't tell me exactly what they were doing every second of every day. That's what getting together was for. That's when we got caught up. When I'm finally away from the hustle and bustle, I have my cell phone off unless absolutely needed. I don't want uninvited company whether in person, by phone or by text. If I'm away, I'm away.


Mar. 14, 2008

10:53 am

I agree that it is fantastic that communication is made possible these days, virtually any where. I was however initially horrified when towers were erected through Algonquin Park, making service available throughout the highway 60 corridor. We do keep our cell phone in the glove box in the off position, but I guess it's nice to know you can call for backup if you're being chased by a bear.

Penny Caldwell

Summer Cottager

Mar. 13, 2008

9:17 am

Yes, I remember that well. I saved it for a long time, until the phone gremlins erased it one day. Last night, I called a friend's work number, knowing he wouldn't be there, so he would hear on his voice mail this morning a snippet of a terrific blues band DH and I went to hear.

Charles in HK

Mar. 13, 2008

8:53 am

Penny, kinda like me calling you and leaving a voice mail while standing on the edge of the Indian Ocean in Bali with the waves roaring in the background?

Ted R

Mar. 12, 2008

11:35 am

Cottagegirl, I am with your Mom. Tell her she is not alone. I will sucumb in retirement and get a cell phone. In retirement, when the snow flies we will be south and will want to stay in touch with family as well as in case of emergency. But until then, call me at home, the office, or the cottage.


Mar. 11, 2008

1:37 pm

I love texting too, but I'm SO cheap I usually text from my home computer [it's free]. Of course, I can't do that when not at home! My cell phone works great in the middle of the lake, but nowhere else! So, I usually take it with me when out and about... not for texting or ability to make/receive calls but in case of emergency. If I'm going down, I'm calling somebody to say goodbye!! I also carry it for the camera feature. You never know when you might come across a wild animal or wild party that's worthy of a Kodak moment!


Mar. 11, 2008

11:24 am

Thank God for text messaging. I was about to ski my first double black diamond run at Blackcomb this weekend and was scared out of my mind. I texted my friend from the top of the peak (Spanky's Ladder) to tell her and get up some courage to ski the run. On a chair over at Whistler she is reading my text out loud to the other skiers (total strangers) and they are laughing their heads off. Texting allows us to share our experiences as they're happening. It's cheaper, less invasive than a phone call, and innocuous - you can do it from anywhere. Cheers, Julie www.cottagedaily.com


Mar. 10, 2008

2:36 pm

Reminds me of that cellphone commercial where the 19-somethings are traveling together in a car, and they are uploading photos that they took seconds ago to their Facebook pages so all their friends not in the car can see what they are doing.... right NOW! I'm resisting the need to get a Blackberry, but it does seem like we're getting more and more connected. But my mother is still proudly resisting getting a cell phone.

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