Okay, I will be the last to deny the use of mobile phones. I mean it is handy to be able call anywhere someone. And yes, connected to the Internet such a phone has many nice and good uses.
But at times…
About once per month I go to Enschede, which is a very nice city for shopping. Great shops for clothes, shoes, books and CD’s. I find it very relaxing to wander through the city and look around in the shops there. I know some people have problems with understanding that, but hey, to each their own!
Anyway, I was this afternoon in Enschede. Bought some nice new clothes and after having a nice time I decided it was time to go home. So I wandered back to the railway station. I travelled with the bus to Enschede and the bus station is located next to the railway station. I had to wait around 15 minutes on the next bus to bring me home. Being a bit hungry I decided to get a small snack on the railway station.
After eating a nice sandwich I wanted to walk back to the bus station. At the top of the stair I stood for a moment to get good hold of the bags I was carrying. Right on that moment a woman came with big steps out of the station and bumped straight into me. I lost my balance and tumbled down the stairs. I did hurt my knee quite badly.
After I was standing on my feet again the woman who bumped into me asked rather annoyed why I was standing there at the top of the stairs. I was speechless for a moment. Luckily a man who saw it al happen returned the question to that woman why she was walking around looking on her mobile phone, completely unaware of what happened around her. The woman had no reply that….
Luckily after I phoned Miranda she came quickly to pick me up with the car. She insisted that a doctor had a look at my knee. Well, I have to take it for a week very easy with my knee. Bah :-(.
Another things is that my stockings were ruined, but okay those are not that expensive. But the skirt I was wearing had a tear on the backside and that skirt was not old at all and not that cheap. As I failed to ask for the address of that woman, there is no one that will pay for that.
The moral of this story? Mobile phones are useful, but be always aware of what happening around you!!!
ps. The picture on top of the article is not made at the railway station of Enschede. Rob showed us an number of sites where we find pictures that are free to use (public domain is the right term I believe). Rob is very strict on copyright and related matters. And basically that is a good thing!