Silent Mode Is Off

September 28th, 2009

Yesterday I did my last day of work at NTT, where I’ve been doing shift work (both nights and days) for the last 10 years.  That’s almost a third of my life, so understandably there will be lots of changes as I transition to a less nocturnal way of living.

And right now marks the first: I’ve turned “silent mode” on my phone off.  Because my schedule was so irregular, I could on any given day be sleeping at midday in preparation for working at night.  That meant that it was completely impractical to leave my phone in ring mode, as I would get woken up by phone calls from friends, emails, etc.  While I suppose I could have turned silent mode on only on those occasions, and turned it off otherwise, that would run the risk of forgetting to turn it back on one day, only to be woken up in the middle of the day before a night shift…and experience said that if you got roused from slumber before a night shift, it was difficult if not impossible to get back to sleep.  So it was safer to just leave silent mode on permanently.  Which I did.  For a decade.

So now I get to experience “unique” phenomena like actually hearing my phone ring.  I’m stoked.

2 Responses to “Silent Mode Is Off”

  1. trent Says:

    huh. i have a “regular” schedule and have my phone on silent mode. mails are always sound-free. calls are set to vibrate.

  2. bugbread Says:

    Yeah, but the difference is you *choose* to have it in silent mode. The choice is not thrust upon you.

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