An hour-long phone call with a friend is immeasurably more meaningful than any IM session or e-mail volley ever could be.

Although, now that I think about it, I miss my old-school handset with the comfy earpiece from the 1990s. The cordless doesn’t have that same kind of long-term ear comfort. Oh, for the days when all I had to worry about was a sweaty earpiece (and ear). Now I have to think about pressing hard enough to hear the other person, but not hard enough to permanently disfigure the cartilage of my outer ear.