Yes, I have it, but not at every phone in the house. Do you have it? Do you always know who you are (or aren't) going to talk to before you pick up the receiver? The other day as I hung up from a friend who answered "Hi, Tracy!" when I called (don't get me wrong - it was a lovely greeting) I got to thinking what a sad invention it truly is. It has its benefits: Letting you know about telemarketers. I know some who no longer use an answering machine; they just check caller ID when they get home because "not everyone leaves a message anyway." Some use it to avoid bill collectors. Some use it to avoid being "stuck" on the phone with someone who they'd just rather not talk to right now. What saddens me is that, with it, we've lost that element of surprise. At one point in our lives, we've all picked up the non-ID'd telephone and been delightfully surprised at who was on the other end. Can you recall the smile that enveloped your face? The feeling of warmth and friendship that overcame you? I liken it to like a "gift", if you will, with every call. Oh, sure; some of them you don't need, some you might not even really want, but some of them brighten your day and give you a smile that will carry you through the night. Caller ID unwraps those gifts before we get the chance. No longer can we call to surprise an old friend whom we haven't talked to in far too long. You don't get to hear that spontaneous smile in their voice as they discover who is on the other end. I'm finding that I like answering the non-ID'd phones more and more. Technology isn't always a better thing.