I Used to Be Somebody: (Un)Retirement Lessons Learned

A Public Service Rant

Carl Landau | September 01, 2020

I have a public service announcement to help the world! Or... a gentle suggestion to my fellow seniors who have their cell phones ON SPEAKER MODE and have a VERY LOUD conversation, in public. Whether it's the supermarket or a doctor's waiting room (both of which have signs that say "no cell phone use") people using their phones on speaker mode don't seem to have any awareness that anyone around them can hear every single word of their conversation. Believe me, we don't want to!!! This is really annoying. And not very polite. No one wants to hear your private conversation, which usually involves some family drama or some injustice you've experienced.


There is a thing invented by God (or in this case Apple) called earbuds. You got a pair for free when you bought that iPhone 5 you're still using! They work great and you can hear the person you are talking with so much better. Plus you will be saving the world and the reputations of people over 60 everywhere!


Rant #2

Okay, since I'm on a rant roll I have another... ahem… gentle suggestion: I've witnessed this situation a lot over the past 5 months. My fellow shoppers are masked up nicely, doing their civil duty. And then they (I'm sure not one of you!) need to talk to someone about their deli order or have some question and they pull down their mask to talk. DEFEATING THE PURPOSE OF EVERYTHING! Please, wonderful fellow shoppers, stop this practice and keep your masks on!

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