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My knowledge on the subject of Electronics, I would like to say is vast. Yes, I would like to say, but that would be a bald-faced lie. Sir Bob would reject this article as “Fake News” and I’d be run out of Bataan on a rail, if we had tracks here, more than likely it would be a large piece of bamboo used to remove me.

Clhamir Shaye and her batch mates

Cllamire Shaye and her batchmates

Survival Cebuano

My niece and granddaughter are BFF’s aside from being cousins. Clamire Shay is now 17 and is the last child of Mayang’s twin sister Clara. So yes their names at birth were “Maria-Clara. Were they named after the iconic Philippine dress of the same name or the local Sangria Wine? (Also Maria Clara) I really don’t know and don’t think I ever will

Shay-Shay (The nickname for my niece) was born in December 1999 and could be considered a Millennial which is a misused word in the states. But she was at my house every day as a baby and toddler. And I’m her “Tito Daddy Paul” albeit Cesar is her Papa. Cesar worked for me for three years finishing up all the projects around the house. He is very talented.

Back on the telecommunications subject before I wander off on a new tangent. My niece and granddaughter are the real experts in telecommunications as most “REAL” millennial are.

Shay goes to High School at Columbian College; because of her outgoing personality, she is quite popular. The front of my house is covered with an 11 X 20-foot tent so when her group of classmates comes up they will sometimes hang at my house. I stock soda and snacks and enjoy their company. I appear, greet, and then disappear, as it should be as an old folk!

You would expect noise, laughing and tomfoolery from that many teenagers in a group. I’ve looked out and have seen as many as ten kids hunched over all staring at their smartphones. I wondered about the poor outcast that didn’t own a phone, how their life must suck! My biggest problem at that age was a flat tire on my bike.

What I'm talking about.

What I’m talking about.

I described this before; here in Olongapo was a large group of former shipmates meeting around town, consuming bottled chilled beverages and spreading sea stories as old sailors sometimes will. One of our shipmates took to texting without end. We attempted to show him the error of his ways. We would wait until he made a head call, and move to another table leaving his space and stuff at the old table. When he’d ask what’s up, we’d tell him we wanted to give him privacy while he was texting his friends while ignoring the friends he was sitting with.

Napping is good

Napping is good

Then we imposed a texting tax, those who ignored their live friends, to be with cyberspace friends would purchase the table a round of drinks. We drank a lot of free drinks, but the problem never ended. I left a gathering at his house because of his cell phone and seldom visited with him again.

I’m pleased I missed that technological period in history that youth are slaves to now, with everyone toting their personal “Electronic Lease” around with them. Better them than me!

Beach napping

Beach napping

High Schools and schools of Higher Learning now recommend that students take a 20-minute nap twice a day, not to refresh themselves but to disconnect from the Smart Phones once in awhile, and lower their stress levels.

But I love naps and would carry a phone just to have those forced naps. The Philippines is a country that loves their naps, and they are blessed with the ability to nap at any time or anywhere! A trait we should all develop.

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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jon.j.
jon.j.
4 years ago

I used to have a bit of a get together every month with family, snacks and a few beverages, but no one spoke a word all had their heads in their phones, so no more. So disrespectful I dont bother talking to them anymore.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  jon.j.

Jon;
Sadly I can relate to your complaint. as that is a pet complaint of mine too.The company that sells me a cell phone jammer that I can carry with me will become wealthy.The first place I’d use it would be at the movies.

Steve
Steve
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

I would be in line right behind you for that cell phone jammer.

Paul Robertson
Paul Robertson
4 years ago
Reply to  Steve

They are available but illegal in USA and probably most countries but here in the PI probably they don’t know what the hell is going on. Dropped call.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Robertson

Paul:
Maybe they have them here in the RP. I’m going to the mall bukas and check! (LOL)

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Steve;
I see them used in movies all the time. (LOL)

Rick Levy
4 years ago

Ironically, like all stories about how people have gone too far in obsessing over their devices, no one will be able able to read this story without some kind of gadget.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Rick Levy

Rick,
At home on their computer without bothering all the strangers around them,in public as I still do. I NEVER turn on the Wi-Fi on my phone.

Gary
Gary
4 years ago

Typo: “Electronic Lease” should be “Leash” I think. My CP just woke me up. Lazada trying to call me. It isn’t even Christmas yet and they have my last 3 orders screwed up. I emailed the CEO last night and I know they are now on their toes because they have no more butts! (Just email me guys!) I hate the damn things too. They are some of the worse things to have when your boss could call you when you are out in the field working. What a perfect way to ruin a perfect Monday. I am with you… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago

Gary;
If that was the only misspelled word you found then I’m improving. It’s my spell check cant read my mind and know which word I wanted to use. I try to misspell more next week.
I hope it was a Colt 911 with a 15 round mag. But then it was San Francisco and I know there are no guns there. I had to go to San Francisco for many years to pick up new ships. Great town, flaky people.

Gary
Gary
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Paul, the spell check is simply another part of your article here. I was pretty sure it was the spell check but then again I know at least at one time, you was a drinking man! So I used the ‘I think’ disclaimer to make things safe.

The CEO got on some asses and I got my items delivered at 8:00PM last night. My cell phone rang probably 10 times with them trying to call me. I didn’t answer.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Carl Cell phones; so now your boss can find you anytime. Now that is dumb. Like my old beepers in a pitcher of beer years ago. I was living in the Philippines but I was import in Singapore all the time. Cell phones were just getting really big but they were off the charts expensive here in the Philippines and in Singapore they were reasonable. Of course my wife and daughters all wanted one; I promised to bring some home. The top of the line Motorola was $740.00 in Manila, and $280.00 in Singapore plus Nokia were high here but… Read more »

Cordillera Cowboy
Cordillera Cowboy
4 years ago

Hello Paul,

There are variations on the text tax. You stack all the phones in the middle of the table. Whoever uses one buys the drinks. You can up the ante by requiring a round from anyone whose phone rings while at the table. But, like your friend, I suppose some just won’t take the hint.

Take care,
Pete

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago

Pete;
I understand you receive a call or text, but to ignor your friends for nothing but the phone, that’s when I walk away.

PapaDuck
PapaDuck
4 years ago

Paul,
I haven’t even owned a phone in quite a while. Why have one if you receive no calls lol. I’m with you about cell phone use in theaters. But also texting while walking around the mall.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  PapaDuck

Papa Duck;
I find text walking funny to watch, I live it when the escalator gets to the top and the texter didn’t know!.

Jose Porfirio
Jose Porfirio
4 years ago

Mr. Paul T. I love this line about “Frisco…. “Great town, flaky people…” LOL 🙂
Have great day there in DinBat.

Jose

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Jose Porfirio

Jose;
Funny but 100% true! (LOL)

Richard Lee Van Der Voort
Richard Lee Van Der Voort
4 years ago

And not even allowed to run over ’em when driving! tsk tsk Richard

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago

Richard;
Is that true, we’re not? Damn I might have a small problem! (LOL)

Jay Stainback
Jay Stainback
4 years ago

Hi Paul,

Happy Veteran’s Day to you and all who served! Thank you!

Peace

Jay

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
4 years ago
Reply to  Jay Stainback

Jay;
Thank you sir!

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