“I have a question? Where in Italy does the Eurotunnel go?”

I’m sat in a hotel at the moment avoiding the Bay Area traffic before heading back into the city centre. Thought I’d get some work done on the laptop instead of sitting in traffic. I’m enjoying using the the Sprint PCI express data card — it’s more or less the same as a broadband connection — eminently usable.

There’s a dad and his daughter sat next to me — she must be about 12 years old. They’re speaking in American — that is, English, but at about 7-8 levels louder than the rest of the world seems to speak when they’re in a restaurant. So despite being at least four tables away from me, I can hear it all.

There’s a heated debate going on between dad and daughter about where the tunnel under the water from the UK to Europe goes. It’s excruciating because I feel like yelling out PARIS, FRANCE regularly whilst the two-and-fro continues. They’re wondering if the tunnel goes from London to Rome, or London to Florence. Where they got Florence from… I don’t know.

Anyway, the discussion moved from the physical to the future — that is, someone’s taking a holiday there soon. I think it’s the daughter. There’s a query. Dad says “you should ask your mom — text her now.”

Excellent, excellent. Of course this is Silicon Valley — they’re quite advanced when it comes to mobile so I was delighted to hear the suggestion from the father. I sneaked a look over and my heart withered slightly when I saw the dad handing over some piece-of-shit Motorola or LG. Not even a RAZR — think several generations behind. He handed it to the daughter to proceeded to hunt for the text menu… and…

Shit. She navigated the address book and just called her mother.

BORING.

BORING.

I was hoping she’d be a text demon. Interestingly: She doesn’t have her own mobile phone.

Ah well. I always find it so interesting observing mobile use ‘in the wild.’

6 Responses to “I have a question? Where in Italy does the Eurotunnel go?”

  1. PhoneBoy February 2, 2008 at 10:16 am #

    Americans on the whole are still a voice bunch and not so much an SMS bunch. Obviously that’s not true of the WHOLE population, but a majority of it, I’d say.

  2. Minnette February 2, 2008 at 12:13 pm #

    Hi,

    Just a quick reply …the Channel Tunnel runs from Folkestone, England to Calais, France under the English Channel and it takes 35 minutes to ride across in your car in specially designed trains. The Eurostar passenger train service runs from St Pancras, London to Gard du Nord, Paris (and Lille, Brussels etc.) and that’s a high speed train which uses the tunnel to cross the English Channel ( “La Manche” if you’re French) between Folkestone and Calais. Sorry to advise that you’re wrong but hope the information helps. Also, sorry to be very cheeky but does your daughter really think a tunnel would go all the way from London to Florence – it’s 751 miles…. M

  3. Ricky February 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    With American carriers raising PPU rates for SMS to nearly a quarter, is it really any surprise? Data services such as SMS/MMS/Data here in the U.S. equal bigger bills, to most people, and you know what? It’s the carrier’s own fault.

  4. Ricky C February 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm #

    This post makes me laugh, however does not surprise me!

  5. PhoneBoy February 3, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    They should be making the SMS prices CHEAPER. Get people hooked on the convenience of SMS/MMS. Instead, they’re just discouraging service adoption.

  6. Jeb February 4, 2008 at 7:33 pm #

    I’m with PhoneBoy, if they dropped the price of an text to .05cents then I think people would use it a great deal more. More then enough to compensate for the lower prices. I for one would use it much for then 4 times as much, so they would be making a much higher profit off of me.

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