I'd like to introduce Liz in Virginia from the blog 21st Century Housewife. I know you'll enjoy her blog as much as I do.
Mom of three, wife of
one, lover of books,
making it up as I go
along -- and not afraid to
tell you what I think.
Deal or Steal?
This is a a little self-portrait I dashed off right after I opened our first "texting-activated" wireless phone bill. We had this cool plan where the first fifteen texts per month are free! After that, each text you send or receive only costs fifteen cents! Doesn't that sound great?! Guess how many texts my son sent or received in that first month? The grand total was 1762. Texts. In a month.
Here is a typical text "conversation" from those early days:[Do I know this because I took his phone and read his messages? Yes!]
Her: What's that girl's name in that song?
Her: I love that song
Him: U R a dork.
Her: No U R
Him: no U R
Her: UR cuz you are lame.
Him: I am not lame b/c I am awesome.
Her: No you're not.
Her: Gotta go
So here's my analysis of this interaction:
1. I think this counts as some sort of flirtatious courtship ritual, but I'm not sure.
2. I love that Delilah song, too.
3. They are both dorks.
This exchange used up our "fifteen free texts" for the month. After this he could have sent her the complete lyrics to that Delilah song, and as long as they were contained in one text, that text would cost fifteen cents. Bargain! Or he could keep it simple: "Dork!" Fifteen cents, please. "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways . . . ." Fifteen cents. "No, U R . . . ." Fifteen cents.
So now we have Free Unlimited Family Texting, which has really changed our lives and which is not actually free, but whatever. Here is a more recent self-portrait:
I call it "Self-Portrait with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."
Thank you Liz for being a guest on my blog.
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