Distracted Conversation

While listening to one of the Podcasts I enjoy a few days ago it was brought up about people having distracted conversations. They went so far as to compare it to¬†texting while driving with the premise being that since no one is competent enough to text and drive they also aren’t good enough to text and talk at the same time either. I happen to be on the same wave length.

I know for a fact that if I am in the middle of texting someone or doing some sort of work on a computer trying to hold a conversation with me is a lost cause. I will most likely forget any important points or be incapable of answering questions. I will ask whomever needs me to engage with them be it patient or loved one to hold their water for a minute. A lot of the time what I am doing on any given electronic device is as important or more important than the conversation that needs to be held.

Since I use my own ability level as my measuring stick for others performance ability levels I will say that 98% of the population is not good enough to text and talk either. If I need to talk with or question someone I will let them know I need their attention and can wait for them to finish with whatever they are doing. (Although a rare occurrence I will also inform you when waiting is not an option.)

Occasionally I will get the individual that says no go ahead while they are still hammering away on a key board. I will give a courtesy second, “I can wait”, but anything after will just be ignored. I have yet to anoint anyone to occupy the special 2% of the population the I am guesstimating be good enough to operate an electronic device and hold a conversation with me at the same time. (I suspect that I will find a unicorn long before I find said individual that is qualified for said task.)

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Back Log

Upon my return I had several things to catch up on. Email, YouTube, podcasts, writing this BLOG, updating my calendar, wedding plans, and who knows what may or may not be sitting in my mailbox at work in addition to some more nonsense I’m sure got handed down in my absence. Although most of the piles of nonsense are just going to be deleting, downloading, and sorting it’s a bit of a pain in the ass because I have to make sure I don’t get rid of something important. Such is the struggle I guess.

The question now is ,”Could I have taken care of some business from camp?”. The answer is yes, but since the best I could muster in terms of consistent data signal was 3g I passed. Burning through all that data and power on my phone was not something I was willing or really needed to do.

Keep your stick on the ice people. Tomorrow is another Monday so back the grind we all go.