After all of the end-of-year stories on predictions for the future -- the actual future and/or the predictions that didn't work out -- I found myself waiting for a phone call. I realized that there was a "prediction story" I hadn't read -- so here it is.
In the early 21st century, phone booths will have desks, beds, chairs, and even kitchens. You'll be able to do anything you need to do while you make a call, or (especially) while you wait to get called back.
Those of us of a certain age will pause for a moment while the rest of you look up what a "phone booth" used to be.
You're back? Good.
I have been waiting for calls that I don't want to take out in the wide world on my cell phone, so I've been waiting for them at home. That's when I got the image of waiting in my comfy phone booth, a.k.a. my apartment.
If that prediction had been around as cell phones took over, would we have believed it?
Would we have stood up against it while we had the chance?
Personally, I'd rather have my comfortable surroundings and make calls I can actually hear -- and you can't -- instead of treating the outside world as my phone booth.
When I hear my phone ring and I'm on the way out, or on the way home, I let it take a message if the caller is so inclined. (I nearly typed that as "if the called is so inclined." Being the called person, I am.) I feel much more comfortable -- not merely safer -- waiting for private surroundings for my conversations. I wish others would try it more often.
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