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From the publisher's desk: Responding to sounds, 24/7

In preparation for my trip to Salem, I bought a new cell phone. The main reason I upgraded my cellular technology was to get instant access to email and the Web 24/7. The idea seemed to relieve some of my anxiety about being gone from the office during this busy time of year.

My new Blackberry Pearl came with all sorts of bells and whistles. I mean that literally. I have not had time to read the accompanying book or watch the instructional DVD, so I can’t take any credit for setting up the phone with custom profiles.

When I receive email sent to my Triplicate address, three gongs go off. Weeknights around midnight Loree at our Smith River printing plant sends me a report that tells me how well we met our page deadlines and if there were any press problems I should be aware of. The first night I had my new phone Rick sat up in bed when the gongs went off. He said it sounded like Buddhist monks were gathering in our room. I figured out how to change the mode to vibrate only, but that makes the phone dance noisily across the nightstand, still waking us up.

When someone sends a text message my phone plays a tune. It’s “The Entertainer,” the theme song from the movie “The Sting.” It’s a snappy tune that evokes happy memories of that fun movie with handsome duo Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Can you believe that was 36 years ago?


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