The Phone (note the caps) is probably the single most intrusive bit of technology Man has invented. Typical scene: man on his deathbed is about to whisper the Meaning of Life or some such final blessing to his son. The phone rings and the son says, "Hold that thought," and picks up! It's as though the ring of a phone is Gabriel's horn summoning us to a better life.<br><br>Alexander Graham Bell refused to have telephones around his summer home in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. He hated his own invention for its intrusiveness.<br><br>John<br><br>