Years ago, my phone was located where I could easily see it when I walked in the front door. I could see immediately if there were messages waiting, and I quickly became trained to look for the red blinking light first thing in the door. How did that blinky light become so important? Why was my day a little bit brighter if there were messages waiting? Upon reflection, it's probably because I was freelancing at the time, and messages often meant contracts to sign and cheques in the mail. Oh, and calls from friends and family, too!
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