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March 7, 2013
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Summit Up 3-7-13: We'll take an iPhone over a bird any day

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world's only daily column that's shouting "Mr. Watson, come here, I need you." No, we don't mean Watson from the famed duo of Sherlock and Watson (that's Dr. Watson), although we do love us some good Holmesian mysteries, whether the old-fashioned way of reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or watching the BBC's show "Sherlock" or the CBS drama "Elementary." What we're referring to, dear Summit Up Readers, is the famous line utterd by Alexander Graham Bell, reputedly the very first line said over the telephone.

With our iPhones and Androids these days, it's hard enough to imagine what life was like before cell phones, let along before any phones at all. We don't know about all of you, but we're happy to deal with any texting issues so long as we don't have to learn any Morse code.

Although, we suppose that the people who did Morse code were pleased not to have to deal with even more antiquated forms of communication.

Back in the day, sailing ships communicated by sempahore, which signals by waving flags. On land, people used to contact each other using smoke. We're not exactly sure how one could convey "u want 2 meet up 2nite?" with a column of smoke, but somehow they managed.

And of course, we can't forget the age-old practice of using birds to deliver messages. Just pull out your quill, scratch down your love sonnet or request for more knights, roll it up and tie it on a dove's leg and cross your fingers no hunters, eagles or storms come between your messenger and the next castle over yonder.

So be thankful that all you have to do is dig around in your bag and push a button to check your messages, rather than walk up to the rookery, snag a bird while avoiding claws and beak, figure out how to hold the bird and tie a string at the same time and then wait and hope that the bird eventually comes back. Thank you, Mr. Bell. Thank you very much. We out.


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