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Can’t take your call right now

Sometimes, my iPhone drives me iCrazy. For instance, just this week I texted a friend of mine and asked her to call me when she had a moment. I wanted to update her on a matter and didn’t want to squeeze it into a series of texts.

She called me on my cellphone a short time later, but when I went to answer it I messed up. Rather than accepting the call, I accidentally tapped “message” and ended up texting her an automatic response that read: “Can’t talk right now ... what’s up?”

What’s up? WHAT’S UP! While fumbling around with my phone, not only did I send her a text message I did not type myself – my phone did it for me – but one in disharmony with my earlier request.

While quickly calling her back, I could only imagine what she was thinking.

She laughed when I explained what happened. It’s easy to do stuff like this with our cellphones. I have unintentionally called someone at 7 a.m., meaning to text her instead. And I certainly have sent the wrong text to the wrong person.

Nothing serious. My errors thus far have been just silly.

I’ll text my daughter: “Have lots of homework?” or “Did you feed the dog?”

Except I’m not texting my daughter. I’m texting someone else from my message list who hasn’t cracked open a math book in years or ever owned a dog.

I even have gotten those iPhone Emojis wrong – tapping and sending the wrong image or erroneously sending a nonsensical series of them.

And, nothing uncommon here: My co-worker said her text messages often turn bizarre – sometimes because she simply types it incorrectly but usually because of the auto-correct function.

“It’s as if it has its own brain,” she laughed. No wonder there are websites devoted to texts gone wrong.


Looking for a reason to stop texting and leave the house this weekend? The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site will have a collection of vintage bridal gowns, from 1840 to 1950, on display throughout the historic home. Locally designed bouquets and floral arrangements appropriate to each era will accompany the gowns.

Also to see: a collection of vintage bridal portraits, antique dolls and cake toppers. The “Bridal Party” is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $10 per person. For information, call 884-0095.


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