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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Love Bomb

I can't remember the last time I turned off my cell phone.  Seriously... I mean, who turns off their cell phones anymore?  With 'silent' and 'vibrate' settings for meetings and such there's really no need. 

Or so I thought.

I was trying to make a call yesterday when my cell phone suddenly started acting a little hinky... you know, giving me error messages and saying that it didn't recognize the network.  So I figured, what the heck... It's not much different from a computer... I'll just reboot the damned thing.

I turned off the phone, took out the battery, reseated the SIM card and put it all together again before pressing the ON button. 

When it had cycled through the start-up process and played the catchy little Nokia theme song, a brief message flashed on the screen:

I love you soooo much Abba!!!

Love Ariella <3

Apparently, some time during the past year my daughter had surreptitiously changed my phone's programmable 'Welcome Note' to something a bit more personal.  Her message was like a little 'love bomb'... with a delayed fuse... waiting to go off in my heart whenever I would restart my phone.

I think tonight when everyone is asleep, I'll sneak upstairs and plant a little love bomb of my own on Ariella's and Gilad's cell phones.  It may be months before the bombs go off... but considering the warm 'after-shocks' that are still going off in my heart... it's certainly worth the wait.

[Note:  Most cell phones allow you to program a 'Welcome Note' (this is usually found in the 'Settings'/'Phone Settings' menu).  My guess is that this feature was designed so people could program in their names and addresses in case the phone is lost.  But I know from experience that whenever I've found a lost cell phone I simply scroll through the address book for listings such as 'Home' or 'Mom' or 'Dad' in order to contact the owner.  So why not use this little feature to plant a little 'love bomb' in someone's phone.  Trust me... it'll make their week.]

Posted by David Bogner on April 30, 2008 | Permalink

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Everyone can use a little Schnappi The Krokodil in their lives.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 30, 2008 9:16:53 AM

what a sweet idea! i'm going to do this too...

Posted by: nikki | Apr 30, 2008 2:49:44 PM

Aww, that is adorable!

Posted by: SaraK | Apr 30, 2008 5:26:14 PM

As you said, since you do not turn off your cell phone anymore, I have another trick to get the message through: A reminder or appointment in their calendar with a daily or weekly recurrence. this way they get the message even if the phone is left on all the time.
My LG phone from Verizon has something called the ICE contacts, In Case of Emergency. It is always at the top of the contacts list, you can enter three numbers, and also some other personal information in three different notes.

Posted by: David S | Apr 30, 2008 8:49:38 PM

Very sweet!

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | May 1, 2008 12:10:37 AM

and now I am crying..... Wow Dave, you do have a way of painting a word picture.

Posted by: Faye | May 1, 2008 3:56:02 AM

Jack... You are so going to hell. :-)

nikki... Let me know when it goes off.

SaraK ... That's my girl.

David S... True, but I like the chance/random nature of the message being revealed.

Rivka with a capital A... That's just the message. You should meet the sender.

Faye... The soaps must really tear you up. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | May 1, 2008 3:23:51 PM

Jack... You are so going to hell. :-)

:)

Posted by: Jack | May 1, 2008 4:40:04 PM

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