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I decided on the Google Pixel 7a phone in the end. Before I could nerve myself up to buy it, Uncle B handed me a box earlier today – he bought it for me! Awwww.

Next comes the misery of setting up a new phone. I’m sure the last time I did it, it swooshed all my old data up to the cloud and swooshed it back down onto the new phone. Now, you git yer USB-C cable and connect the one phone directly to the other by USB port.

Something vaguely obscene about that.

All done. I have a few work-specific apps that I’ll need to finish setting up from the office, and I still have to teach it to recognize my bluetooth devices, but it was pretty painless.

Then comes my favorite part: choosing a ringtone. There are like 70 of them already on this phone! We laughed ourselves silly over some of them.

Which is good. I have a spasm of anxiety every time I hear a phone ring, so I choose silly sounds for my ringtone and change it periodically. An unfamiliar or silly sound doesn’t trigger that same gut-level uh-oh reflex.

For my main ringtone, I chose a woman’s fruity voice saying “ringggg, ringggg!” There was a very good flock of chickens one, but I used to have a ringtone like it and whenever my phone rang, I thought there was trouble in the henhouse.

And for Uncle B’s custom ringtone, a scratchy Victrola record tune. Because old.

My old phone keeps waking up and looking around. I think it’s sad.


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: June 26, 2024, 6:55 pm


I thought you were a dedicated user of this one… (mp3)


The upload file facility is missing… I guess I could embed in an html and then link…

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 26, 2024, 8:19 pm

I also can’t stand a ringing telephone…I discourage people from calling me.

Congrats on the new gadget, may it serve you well.

Comment from Ben
Time: June 26, 2024, 10:33 pm

The first time I went to China it was the year of the rooster and _everybody_ had rooster ring tones, it was hell.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 26, 2024, 11:07 pm

I originally had the “old auto horn” as a ring tone.
It’s the same sound as the old “dive” klaxon on US submarines. AH-OOOOOO-GAAAA AH-OOOOOO-GAAA
I picked it because you could hear it over the noise of power tools.

The wife suggested “something else”, son #3 kept shutting the ring off on my phone. I went to a pleasant classical tune, which could not be heard unless you were in a quiet room.

It’s now the ring tone for the old wall hanging telephones most of us old farts grew up with.
It works the same, and gives me the old thrill of the “SOMEONE ANSWER THE @#!!#@!%% PHONE!” demand.

But now…I have the mental stamina to ignore it if I want.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 27, 2024, 1:59 am

Ah, the chicken ringtone! Stoaty, I remember it well from quite a while ago. I loved it and installed it on my phone. The first time my wife heard it, she said, “I never want to hear that ringtone again.” The second time, she screamed, “I NEVER WANT TO HEAR THAT RINGTONE AGAIN!” So I deleted it. 😧

Does anybody know where I can find a kookaburra ringtone? Howler monkeys? Elephant stomach rumbling?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 27, 2024, 7:54 am

Helpfully, The Weasel’s new fone does have a whooping/howling monkey ringtone. Momentarily, she suggested she might choose that for when I call her. I gave her a look… I think she now has me down as a farting noise. Some battles you can’t win.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 27, 2024, 10:43 am

@Uncle B

My morning LMAO, thank you!

Comment from steve
Time: June 27, 2024, 1:10 pm

I particularly like the ringtone from the In Like Flint movies.

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: June 27, 2024, 3:33 pm


In Like Flint

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