You can tell a lot about a person from their ring tone. My default ring tone “Who Let the Dogs Out” by the Baha Men is an indicator of my University of Washington Husky roots. But after our recent thrashings on the gridiron I might want to change it to, “Please Release Me (from my season tickets)” or maybe “Crying, Waiting, Hoping.” On my Palm Centro Smartphone I had unknown numbers programmed to ring “Who Can That Be Now” by Men at Work. Haven’t figured out how to make the “unknown” number have a special ringtone on my iPhone.
But even more importantly, you can tell a lot about a person’s relationship with their special other from the ring tone. When I set up my phone to play “Pretty Woman” for my wife, I scored major, major husband points. Those are points that I need just to get back to even on some days. I still get a small bump in the husband popularity poll each time it rings and I can answer, “Hello, Pretty Woman.”
On the other end of the spectrum is “Danno” from the new Hawaii Five-0 television series. His ring tone for his ex-wife is the theme from the movie, Psycho. Granted, it is his ex-wife, but I’m sure that is going to drop the “Dad-O-Meter” into the red when his young daughter figures out Danno’s ringtone for her mother.
I did a Facebook poll of friends to see what their ringtones were for their spouses and got some interesting results.
Krichelle said that her husband uses a Doomsday song for her. I had never heard of this band. I had to look them up to figure out that they were a heavy metal band who released their one and only album 15 years ago. Based on the titles of the tracks I think Krichelle’s husband has some ‘splaining to do. She did suggest that “Brown-eyed Girl” would be a good way to improve the spousal popularity poll.
My friend Cleo suggested “Shining Star” by the Manhattans. She had hoped that her husband, Gene, would have serenaded her at the wedding with that song. I was at that wedding. I’ve never heard Gene sing. Maybe there’s a reason for that?
My Air Force friend Mark asked, “How many points will I get for ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’?” From our time together in the service I know that Mark is familiar with the concept of demerits. I expect his wife, Elvia, is doling them out already, each one fully justified.
My wife uses, “Great Balls of Fire” for me. If she ever switches to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” I’ll know that I’m in trouble.
How about you? What does your phone ring when the incoming call is from your significant other?