It’s Been 20 Years and I Still Haven’t Changed My Cell Number
I remember the dawn of the cell phone like it was yesterday.
At the time, I was still taking the bus to and from school and the only electronics I had at the time was a cassette player and eventually graduated or should I say upgraded to a CD player. One by one, I began to see some of the older kids on the bus with these really cool flip phones and mobile devices. Everyone would huddle around to watch one person play a game of 'Snake' or toggle through the tiny selection of ringtones. They were simple days, but they also defined who the cool kids were.
I'll never forget my very first cell phone at the age of 13. It was a small yet sleek silver Samsung flip phone that didn't have much to it, but it got me into the "cool zone", or at least I thought it did. Admittedly, I felt like a man with my new phone and although I didn't know anything about T9 texting, I could now ask my friends and even girls for their phone numbers. This was indeed a game changer for "the game" (if you know what I mean). No more giving out my house number and having my Mom answer if it was a girl that I liked.Talk about embarrassing, am I right?
The very first phone number that I was given at that time miraculously, through all these years of technological advancement, is still the number that I use today. A majority of my friends who I've kept near and dear over the years have changed theirs since, but here I am, still sitting strong on the same number ending in "0170".
If you're like me and terrible at remembering phone numbers (who remembers phone numbers these days anyways?), then you already know that this is a blessing in disguise. If I were to change my number tomorrow, it would be a headache for sure. I would have to walk around with my new number written on a piece of paper in my wallet at all times until eventually I figured out some kind of algorithm to remember it.
That being said, I know I'm no alone on this subject at matter and curious as to who else still has their original "OG" phone number from their very first cellular phones. 20 years is quite the milestone for having the same number and about 70% or so of my life that I've kept it.
I plan on keeping it for as long as possible, or until we reach a new age where cell phone numbers become obsolete and a whole new system comes into play. Until then, I'm sitting tall and happy on the same number that started it all with no expectations of changing a single digit.