I went to Moab today with some folks from church. I love the beautiful drive and there are some nice places to eat there.
In addition to the scenery, I also enjoy the drive because only about half of it has cell coverage. Typically, I don't like travelling through areas without coverage, but when I am travelling with friends I don't worry so much about emergencies.
Once in a while I would think, "I wonder if anyone is trying to call me," then I would stop thinking that and enjoy the drive. After a while, I stopped wondering about my cell phone at all.
It wasn't until I was about 10 minutes from home on the way back that I decided to check my messages. I was only gone for about 6 hours. "You have 18 messages."
What? How could I have 18 messages? I was in a no coverage area! Well, as it turns out, even when you leave town and you go out of cell coverage, time continues to move forward and people really do call you.
My friends also explained that turning your phone off won't stop time either. It seems that only Christmas and Thanksgiving are time-stopping holidays. Time occasionally slows down after 5p.m. but it doesn't really stop.
Unfortunately this means that computers continue to break down and digital emergencies occur, even when I can't answer my phone. For this, I apologize to the 18 people who tried to call me. I will return your messages tomorrow.