Wednesday morning turned out to be a interesting one. I headed down to Charley's Grill to have a cup of coffee and the first thing that I was asked is, "is your cell phone working?" Looking down, I noticed the words "No Service."

Wednesday morning turned out to be a interesting one. I headed down to Charley's Grill to have a cup of coffee and the first thing that I was asked is, "is your cell phone working?" Looking down, I noticed the words "No Service."
Apparently, all cell phone towers were down around the area, probably something to do with the heat.
Thinking that it was a fluke, going to work, my co-workers also commented their cell phones were not working, the only thing was texting. I then wondered, "are we back in the dark ages?"
It is amazing how far we have come to rely on technology for our daily use. Cell phones have been around since the early 1990s whether it was the traditional "bag phone" or to today's Smartphone, we rely on them for every day usage. I still remember growing up that we had party lines or that you only had to dial the last four numbers to reach someone in Newtonia where I grew up. Before cell phones, the traditional wall phones or desk phones were a common item in homes. I remember coming home one time from school and needing to use the phone, but almost had to "reserve" the phone because we only had one phone number. Nowadays, cell phones are attached to us like a lifeline.
I don't mind cell phones and know that I use them like the next person does, but it amazes me how much we rely on them for our daily use. Not only can one talk on their cell phones, but they can also text people, Face time (video chat), look up items on the Internet , take pictures or even keep up on Facebook. Times have certainly changed over the years.
I know the issue with Wednesday's cell phone service only lasted a few hours, but like most of us, we remember the 2007 Ice Storm that hit Southwest Missouri. Aside from no electricity, some cell phone service was down as well. And don't forget, without electricity, we could not even go to the ATM to get money or even head to stores to purchase items (unless they had power or even a backup generator).
Who knows, maybe one day technology will take a back seat and desk phones will come back to more of a household item.



Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.