Justifying My Expensive New iPhone
I keep looking for good reasons for carrying around a rectangular gizmo that feels like a manhole cover, while pecking with the edges of my fingers.
The other day I found a reason. I was walking in my town near the train station and spotted a woman my age in some modest distress. It was a warm day, and she had just gotten off the train and could not find her dentist's office.
Maple Street? I have lived here over 40 years, and I walk and drive and ride my bike all over town, but sometimes the names of back streets elude me.
Get out of the sun, I suggested. I can find it.
I hauled the thing out of my fanny pack, and lunged at the microscopic keys with my thick fingers. Many mistakes later, I discovered that Maple Street was one block long, one block away. I drive on it all the time.
The lady was fine, just lost. She thanked me and began walking at a brisk pace to keep her appointment. I had just amortized some chunk of the price and the frustration of learning all the codes and tricks and mysteries of this fad.
Next time I can truly justify my obsession, I will pass it on.
(Written on an old-fashioned traditional laptop, just like my grandmother and grandfather used.)
6/9/2015 05:36:08 pm
Peter R Wilson
6/11/2015 03:32:18 am
Now, do have BEIN Sports in HD for the Copa America?
Peter R Wilson
6/11/2015 03:33:35 am
Please add a "you" where appropriate in my prior post!
6/11/2015 07:04:25 am
Pete, in a word, no. Enough is enough. Plus, it's like subsidizing FIFA. GV
6/11/2015 06:46:33 am
Honest truth: I just asked Siri, "Does George Vecsey give you a hard time?"
6/11/2015 07:00:01 am
Brian, true story. The other night I found a place for the manhole cover on my night stand and must have touched the wrong button. I said something normally dopey to my wife, and this voice from the iPhone said something sarcastic (I forget the words)....In other words, Siri is more human than we know., I have no idea what I did to unleash her, but I am sure this is how wars start. GV
6/11/2015 12:39:26 pm
If there is war, I will be in the trenches with you!...out of years of habit if nothing else. However, I strongly recommend peace negotiations. I have no idea how strong this new fangled technology might be.
Thor A. Larsen
6/13/2015 12:15:25 am
Grandchildren from the age of three are perfect teachers for the IPHONE as Arlene has learned in the past year. As far as need, I have it with me all the time. How else would I have been able to follow your blog as I travelled in France recently. I suceumbed to its need after we visited Croatia three eyars ago and most teenagers had one! Just don't use it when walking in NYC. Asd far as your fingers, with continued practice they seem to get pointy!! Welcome to the Millenium Generation!!
6/13/2015 03:11:10 am
Thor and Arlene, you give me hope. GV
6/14/2015 03:33:19 am
Sorry to be late to the party, but great post script in parentheses!
6/15/2015 03:28:53 am
Bob, thanks, my point being, look how far we've come. I started out typing on an Olivetti portable (still have it) and handing the yellow foolscap to the Western Union operator. I am grateful for what we have today. GV
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