Maybe it’s because I took a 4.5 mile walk yesterday, partially on a busy connector road, but over the past two days I can’t help noticing all the people talking on their phones while driving in the middle of a beautiful day.  I work from home so sometimes I take a break by running errands or exercising when the rest of the world is at “work.”  But I’ve come to notice that a lot of people must be in the same situation as I since there is so much traffic on the road.

And yesterday right around noon as I used my lunch hour for a long walk, I noticed these people (and I’m not being sexist here when I tell you that they were all’s just a fact of yesterday’s observance) – were all driving with the phone shoved on their ears.  Three of them nearly hit me because they were also fiddling with the radio or somehow just not paying attention.  The favorite moment was the woman who passed me (and almost hit me going one way) yakking away…and then passed me 45 minutes later going the other way – yes, yakking still.  I only noticed because she was driving an orange SUV.  Not too many of those around.

I realize that I am not completely innocent of this as I do talk on my handsfree in the car on occasion.  But not constantly.  And not  for 45 minutes (like the almost hitting me lady).  What in the world do you have to talk about for that long that is so important that it can’t wait.

I’m not a huge fan of the phone call.  Love face-to-face meetings.  Love email because it’s so efficient.  But the phone call is nothing more than a necessary evil.  Too much phone tag.  Too many messages left back and forth.  Too many times you want to say what you want to say when you want to say it and can’t because you can’t reach your party.  You can always reach your party in a face-t0-face – and in an email.

But I digress.  I am not so stupid to not think that people talk on their cell phones – a LOT.  But it just struck me when I counted 14 cars that passed me at one point yesterday and all 14 women were on their phones.  Am I the only one with a hands free option?  Or do these folks really just like having that electronic device shoved inside their ears?

So my advice to all of you is this. Turn on the radio. Listen to some music. Listen to the news.  Open the window and get some fresh air.  Take some quiet time to just think. Sing at the top of your lungs. Meditate.  Just get off the phone.