Have you ever wondered what an alternate universe would be like?
How about a place where people didn’t need digits on their telephone keys?
I found myself in that warped reality recently when I was squatting in a stranger’s office.
(No, this wasn’t a random act… just office sharing)
I turned to make a phone call, and bam!
I felt the space/time continuum shift slightly as I tried to focus.
There was nothing to see but twelve blank keys.
I closed my eyes and conjured the Force.
Tap. Tap…tap…tap. Tap…tap…tap. Tap…tap…tap…tap.
Phew… I recognized the voice on the other end…
But seriously, how does that happen?
Years of someone else dialing that same keypad?
(But there wasn’t even a sniff of identifying ink on any of the keys beyond the star and pound signs.)
And in a future that’s already here, complete with speed-dial and voice-activated dialing, I suppose you really don’t need to remember the numeric sequences anymore, let alone their location on a phone.
The question is… have you already forgotten how to make a phone call?
And without a visual assist … did you ever really know how?!
A Fringe Event
Perhaps my parallel universe keypad was accidentally left behind by an “Observer” from the future.
Maybe it’s purposely placed there as a warning…
Never forget how to make a phone call.
Memorize that keypad now!
Don’t succumb to DKS!
(Disappearing Keys Syndrome)
The future of this world may depend on it one day…