i was sitting at a restaurant recently minding my own business when i heard a muffled version of usher's yeah coming from a girls fake leather bag at the table next to me.
my first thought was to let lil' john drop the beat that makes my booty go (clap), and my second thought was that at one point in 2004/2005 that song was a ringtone on my cellphone.
and then i laughed at myself - out loud.
back in the day when "real music" ringtones were first hitting the scene replacing MIDI tones i thought they were the coolest thing since caller id.
i purchased ringtones for almost all of my friends - free ringtones were for the birds. songs like ludacris' you's a ho (which i still know all the words to), biggie's juicy (it's all good baby baby), and michael jackson's smooth criminal.
i even took it to a secondary level of rings categorizing friend into groups. i.e. my college friends got enrique's escape and family members got we are family sister sledge's we are family (original, i know).
once i took it to a third tertiary level assigning text message tones i knew i had a problem. i didn't want my next step to be downloading glitter wallpapers.
so i deleted all of my ringtones and became best friends with vibrate mode.
bzzzzz bzzzzz bzzzzzz ::pause:: ::pause:: buzzzzz buzzzzz buzzzzz
but once i got my blackberry i stopped using vibrate altogether, only having it on vibrate mode when i'm out and it's in my pocket. i'm a silent mode girl now, a reformed ringtone junky. all i need now is that nice little red light that blinks when i have a new message. simple.
it seems as if i have come full circle. from obnoxious ringtones, to vibrate mode, to the crisp sound of silence.
what's the alert on your cell?