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NEXTEL crickets chirp madness - Rob Felt

If you've got one of these noise boxes, please read up.

Over the past several years, south Atlanta has become infested with a digital insect. Try getting through dinner at any given suburban chain restaurant without hearing the electro-chirp of a NEXTEL phone. You can't anymore.

Cell phones are bad enough. Fancy ring tones lead into loud conversations that always end with phrases like "?and that's when he said? hello? Did I loose you? Are you there? Hello?" It's just great.

Those were the old days. Now we have a different type of wireless communication to hate, and it's so much worse. These conversations go something like this.

BLEED-EEP!

"What's up?"

BLEED-EEP!

"WHERE YOU AT?"

BLEED-EEP!

"Applebee's n we're having some new skillet deal they got going here."

BLEED-EEP!

"CAN YOU GET SOME MILK ON THE WAY HOME?"

BLEED-EEP!

"Sure, talk to you later."

BLEED-EEP!

"OKAY!"

Something got lost in the transcription there, but try to imagine that it sounds like you're listening to someone order fast food at a drive-thru. Loudly. Add in the fact that you don't care about their conversation. There's contemporary living.

These walkie-talkie devices started popping up on construction sites, found their way inside NASCAR tracks and now proliferate in every commercial business with a roof.

I know, I know. You can shut off the speaker and treat it like a normal cell phone call. That would be great, if anyone did that.

Putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of NEXTEL by understanding that the average person will use the default settings of any given electronic device, I don't hold it against you, BLEED-EEPer.

I can only plead on behalf of the rest of the free world that you squash the chirping and live conference calls in the middle of the restaurant. Use whatever setting that phone has to cease the walkie-talkie style direct connection and stop playing war heroes.

Nobody will want to talk to you if you annoy them with your phone.

Rob Felt is the photographer for the Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or rfelt@henryherald.com .