I was driving to an appointment the other day when my phone died. Black screen would not open no matter what. I needed the navigation because I didn’t know where I was going or for that matter where I was! What to do?

Make a phone call – let my client know I would be late. Have you seen a pay phone lately?

I could probably have managed to source a phone but the number for my client was… that’s right, in my phone.

Directions? I am sure if I located a gas station or a knowledgeable pedestrian I might have been able to find my destination….

Fortunately, I looked up to see a phone store and it was my provider’s. After much back and forth we got enough charge for me to text my client. After a light snack at the place next door, I had enough charge to get my navigation working and to my appointment.

Last week, I was in a committee meeting, when we were looking for a good date for our next meeting one woman pulled out a calendar (yes, a paper calendar) and before any of us pulling up calendars on our phones she had the date input and was on her way out the door. I often wonder if this technology is making life easier or more challenging and I am still not sure. I am missing my Filofax but it was awfully heavy to lug around, I might buy a map book to keep in my car, I am definitely buying a simple paper calendar to carry in my notebook, and I might print out my contacts and keep them safe somewhere…

But if I never ever use a pay phone again I will be ok with that.