A few weeks ago I upgraded my phone and extended my Verizon contract another two years. I do not love Verizon, but if you want phone service in this little hamlet, the choice is Verizon. The plan was to get another basic phone, but they enticed me with a free smart phone. Overall I love the phone except for one incredibly embarrassing feature. It blares out: KA-CHING each time someone bids on one of my E-Bay items. And we are not talking about big bucks here. I receive a KA-CHING on a $2.00 item after someone bids up another 50 cents. This does not warrant a KA-CHING.
Embarrassing? Imagine me in meetings with other ministers. Imagine me at the hospital consoling someone who just broke their leg. KA-CHING. KA-CHING. Right? I preach about a less materialistic lifestyle and profess clearing out excess stuff (Simplifying, Five Fewer Things). I even sold my 1960s Barbie’s! So imagine my horror as I am followed around wherever I go with a KA-CHING emanating from my purse. The Hallelujah Chorus should sing from a minister’s phone.
This is worse than accidentally emitting a little body gas in public. At least that is a normal body function and everybody knows that “older” people can’t help but let a little slip by now and then. But KA-CHING? Who can excuse such an overt sound of greediness?
Today will be trying. I have a number of items up for auction on EBay that end today. Those final minutes are when the bidding heats up, so, my phone will be ka-ching-ing like crazy. Oh well. I can cope. Temps have warmed up to a balmy minus 5 today; maybe I will just go for a long walk.