Old School-For Now

Since the beginning of my cell phone time I’ve always carried two cell phones.  One personal and one for work.  Initially, having a cell phone was a big deal and since I got a great price through work, I figured why not.

Through the years, it’s been nice because as jobs change my phone number stays the same.

Another compelling reason to carry two phones is when you carry a phone for work-its theirs.  That means at any point in time, they can say I want it back.  Well, if you have another phone, which you use for personal matters, great.  Here you go.

I would say since somewhere in the late 80’s I’ve carried a phone that also had my work email on it.  In the early days it was a Blackberry-you remember the ones with the wheel on the side.

Last week, I became victim to one of the fastest growing crimes in New York City-theft of a cell phone.  My work cell phone (a HTC Incredible 3) was taken off a table where I was eating a salad.  Now I still have my personal phone, so not a huge issue.  I’ve moved a lot of my work stuff (temporarily) to my personal phone.

But what I can’t move is access to my work email.  There are lots of security rules when working for a big company, and it’s just not going to happen.  So now, I am kind of working “old school” where I have to log into my computer, do a VPN connection and check my email.

I can’t really remember the last time I walked into work and had no idea what was in my email box.  More than that, connected to email is calendar, where my day, the calls the meetings and places are all laid out.  I’ve forwarded those to my personal mobile, but still it’s not a great system.

But it’s also been pretty refreshing.  It’s a good reminder that not every email needs to be answered in real-time regardless of day and time, the world will go on.

I expect tonight my new phone will be waiting for me.  By sometime tomorrow I will have my email back up and running-and once again I will be über connected.  But for now, I’ll get back to you soon, promise.

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