Stories you probably haven't seen or read

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One of the benefits of being a news-junkie is coming across interesting little bits of information while trolling various sources of information.

Last week, while perusing the Foxnews.com Web site, one Colorado-generated story caught my eye in particular.

The dateline for the story was Boulder. The headline: Town cracks down on cell phone use. But it wasn’t the usual story about discourteous drivers and the hazards that they cause trying to multitask on the roadways.

It seems that folks doing business in our neighboring city to the north have had just about all they can stomach of people yakking it up on their cells phones while dining or getting a hair or two trimmed.

Illegal Pete’s Mexican restaurant has spelled out its policy quite plainly: “If you don’t want any trouble, get the (bleep) off the phone!” Alpine Barbers has taken things a step farther. Talk on your cell phone there and expect to pony up an extra $5 for your clip and trim.

I’d have to say that I don’t blame either establishment. Cell phone technology has been a godsend for emergencies and folks whose work doesn’t happen near the convenience of a land line. But let’s be honest, the only thing spreading faster than the proliferation of constant communication is kudzu.

Nobody needs to be in touch that much. Nobody has that many important things to take care of requiring that type of immediacy.

And it isn’t just businesses that seem to be cracking down. The Web site also had a story about the town of Huntington Beach, Calif., imposing fines for folks who just can’t seem to grasp the concept of libraries being quiet places.

The city passed an ordinance that provides for up to a $1,000 fine for folks who ignore a verbal warning and a note from the librarian not to end the chatter. The sad thing is that municipalities and businesses shouldn’t have to resort to this.

Common courtesy should dictate that imposing your private conversations on others is just plain rude. But, when it comes to cell phones, apparently civility has lost out to convenience.

Another story that caught my eye was about the First National Bank of Bedrock.

It seems that someone opened an Internet bank and claimed that it was headquartered in Bedrock, Colo., which according to the story is near the Utah state line and has a whopping population of 10.

The address for the bank was 7729 S. Granite Ave., which, according to the Bedrock postmaster, doesn’t exist.

Now authorities are trying to determine whether the site was simply a hoax, playing of the obvious Flinstones connection, or something more nefarious, such as someone trying to collect personal information.

Of course you’d have to wonder about anyone who would send their money or anything else to a Web site without first checking its validity. Then again, the folks who don’t have time to hang up their cells phones to eat or read a book a get a hair cut might just be inclined to do their banking at a non-existent but cool sounding Web based financial institution.

I’ll stick with bricks and mortar and a land line. I might not be cutting edge, but I can live with that.

Managing Editor Mike Boyd can be reached at 634-3223, ext. 206 or Mike.Boyd@csbj.com.