Help, my nipple has fallen off. This is maybe one of the worst things that can happen when you are travelling with a Blackberry.
Don’t worry this is a family friendly post, just one of despair for a frequent traveller.
As you can tell I’m slightly distressed by the fact that my nipple has fallen off. You what? I hear you say. Well actually it is the middle button on my work issued blackberry curve that is the nipple which has fallen off.
I’m currently in India and now a little bit restricted in what I can do with my phone. Without the nipple or button I can’t access the e-mail on the phone, send/read texts or access the various features.
Thankfully I have been able to figure out how to make a phone call so all is not lost. I was thankfully able to call my bride-to-be and reassure her that I’m not ignoring her texts! Although she may be a little disturbed to hear me say “my nipple has fallen off”.
I’ve never been one of those people who can’t manage without their phone by their side. I can quite happily go with our without a mobile phone. In fact for me I don’t see it as a travel essential, it is more a luxury and not an essential luxury at that.
I can manage fine without a phone thank you. There are land-line phones, e-mail and Skype to keep in touch. Life has become easier thanks to Skype. If it wasn’t for the fact that the internet is not overly reliable over here then I would be fine. In fact how many calls are actually urgent? Not many for my mind and I can call home when I have some free time or make time in my day.
I’m actually more worried about the pre-set alarm going off on the flight home later this week. I suppose I can always remove the battery just to be sure.
I’m not big on texting. I know a few people who are and I text back to keep in touch. I don’t manically text though and I’m certainly not one of those people who’d rather read and send texts whilst walking or driving.
Since the nipple has fallen off the phone has been fairly redundant apart from making that one phone call. I’m not overly lost without it, it is quite liberating actually in some ways.
So how about you? Could you honestly live without your mobile phone? Do you have to check every text as soon as it arrives? Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments box. Be honest.
Before I go, I know what you are asking. Why do I call it a nipple? Well it looks like one. In fact it all harks back to when I was in my previous job. Do you remember those tiny little orange blob mouse things in the middle of laptop keyboards? Well a former colleague always used to call it a nipple. Whilst quite amusing the name seems to have stuck. The button in the middle of my work phone does look like a nipple hence the name.
I exchanged e-mails with my IT department today about this issue and since learnt that its proper name is a trackerball. However, just for the novelty and sheer amusement I prefer the long-standing name that my former colleague gave. Hope I haven’t caused offence by saying my nipple has fallen off.