See that, I did that.......see that, I did that too
Picture the scene. Poor downtrodden me is being dragged around city centre Manchester
moaning and grumbling all the way by my "I'm going to buy a bloody dress for this wedding
if it sodding well kills us both" girlfriend, Emma. The sun was shining, my feet were aching,
it was about the fifty-fifth shop we'd visited and I was hungry.
My eyes alight on what most people would consider to be an ordinary run of the mill phone
box. To me it had the magical "Phone - Text - e-mail" banner running across the top. This
is the type of payphone that I'd spent six months writing software for at Marconi. Suddenly
the tables turned and it was Emma's turn to be dragged across the street. Rather than the usual
destination of another shop selling the same shitty clothes the somewhat strange destination was
the inside of a payphone.
With a squeal like a public school girl being given her first pony I discovered that my software
was indeed present in this phone. Emma looked on non-plussed as I pressed buttons saying things
like "see that...I did that" and "watch this for five seconds.....see how the screen changed, I did
that - that's a timer that I set up that is" along with "watch this, if we press this, this and
this then a picture of a big willy comes up...look there it is". Fantastic! I was a happy bunny
for the rest of the day and dutifully trailed along behind Emma knowing that my life on this planet
Some may say that I have set my self a low goal for the whole life completion bit, I say it's better
to attain a piss-easy goal then never to attain at all.
Anyway, sadly I didn't have my digi-cam with me but it's constantly being carried with me now just
in case I come across another one. As soon as I do then rest assured this page will be jammed full
of mind bogglingly dull pictures of phone boxes and screen shots saying stuff like "Please replace the
Should any of you come across a "Phone - Text - E-mail" payphone then on the bottom left of the screen
is a menu option called "Textphone". As soon as you select the Textphone option then you are into my
software. What joy.