The following email is from an internet friend in Boston. She has the perfect antidote to cell phone abusers. I wish I had the nerve to do what she did She writes:
"I was on the bus awhile back and as usual brought a book to read during the long commute. This particular evening I hit the cell phone jackpot. There was a woman chatting very loudly on a cell phone right behind me. There was a man sitting right beside me also talking on his cell phone, and another woman in the seat in front of me chatting on her cell phone., talking very loudly about what she was going to make for supper when she got home.
I was having a hard time concentrating on my book with all the chaos going on. So I started reading my book out loud. I was just talking the words out loud. What’s the difference, as the people around me were doing the same into their telephones.
Some people on the bus laughed. Some people didn’t get it. I didn’t care. The only good point in starting to get older is how you can act eccentric and not feel embarrassed." Beautiful!
My number one peeve against cell phone users is that they subject bystanders to their conversations. To them I say, spare me your unsolicited chitchat. I am not interested in your personal life. And allow me to also ask, what did you do before you became cell phone dependent, before that little square piece of metal became an extension to your ear?
Don’t you know that this addiction of having to stay in touch constantly is not healthy. You may need to call Dr. Phil.
When I was driving, the only time I used my cell phone was when I was in the car. It was my security blanket in case I had car trouble. I refused to be a slave to an inanimate detachment that took my mind off what I was doing. And if anyone really wanted to get in touch with me, they could call when I was home.
After years of working, which consisted of answering the phone all day, I consider it a luxury to not be tethered to one. I agree they are handy in an emergency, but please, is it really an emergency to hold up the line at the meat counter while you discuss with your spouse whether he or she wants meatloaf or pork chops for supper?
I rest my case.
Mediterranean Tuna Pocket Sandwich
1 can (15 oz.) Del Monte® Sweet Peas-No Salt Added, drained
1 can (15 oz.) Del Monte Lite® Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches, drained
3 cans (5 oz. each) chunk light tuna, drained
1 cup shredded carrot
1-1/2 cups diced cucumber
3/4 cup light, low-sodium salad dressing
4 Tbsp. feta cheese
8 lettuce leaves
8 pita bread halves
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
4 Tbsp. honey
1. Combine tuna, peas, carrots and cucumber in bowl. Mix with salad dressing and feta cheese.
2. Place lettuce leaf in each pita half. Spoon tuna-vegetable mixture into each pita half.
3. As a side dish, top peaches with yogurt and honey