I don’t really use my cell phone all that much (just don’t show this post to my wife, she would not agree at all!). Other than a call to coordinate something, get or give some quick help with something, etc. I just find a cell phone annoying. I don’t have one of those fancy bluetooth things that lets me talk hands free. When I want to talk about something important, my very much preferred method is to try to set up a time to talk, than adjust my work schedule so that I’m fairly free at that time (I’ve been told I don’t multi-task well!) This works with varying degrees of success. I’ve learned by attempting to do this, that most people find this annoying at best. Just pick up the phone and give me a call Darin! I can’t do that well, when I have one of those “let’s change the world” or at least “let’s talk AGAIN about this pesky, little, continually re-occurring problem”) I really like to do so with some advanced notice, a little time to think about it, etc. I’m quickly learning that most people neither need or want that.
I’m was reminded of this Wednesday evening. I was on a scheduled conference call, supposed to include three other farmers. One farmer was taking care of his animals from an open-cab tractor, another was in the grain cart tractor, harvesting this falls crop. The third farmer had told my prior to the meeting he would be in the milk barn. he didn’t make it, something about having to deal with new calves / fresh cows, certainly enough of a challenge without a bothersome phone! Me? I was happily sitting in the office, staring at a computer screen – sometimes I feel so inadequate as a farmer!
What this really makes me wonder is how did we get along before the days of cell phones? I do remember when my wife and I got married there was no such things (Hey! it wasn’t THAT long ago!). I don’t remember when I actually got my first phone, I do remember it was pretty much just a phone, it made calls, that was all. It did not get email, if it did text messages I didn’t know how to do that, it did not play games, browse the internet, or cook supper (really? your phone doesn’t do that?). Now, the latest phone from Apple has the magical ability to be your “personal assistant” (Ha, that cook supper thing really wasn’t as far-fetched as you thought!!)
What I am really waiting for is that “farmer” version of Siri. You know something that all I have to do is shoot a picture of a weed or bug, and instantly I have complete access to world wide knowledge of everything known about the pest. Or maybe I simply say “Siris, where should I sell corn today” and instantly get back various bids from the area with different options depending on how far I want to drive, etc. Or something like “I’d like to slightly increase the amount of hay I’m feeding in this ration” and get a new feed ration perfectly balanced to continue providing optimum nutrition for the cattle.
Mostly what would be really nice is to say “Hey Siris, can you go chore this evening, I’d like to finish these dozen new levels of Angry Birds” Technology can do such wonders for our productivity!