I got a little luxury lately.
It’s really not a big deal.
It’s a minor change. Something I used to have but didn’t upgrade and lived without for years.
Can you guess what it is?
I’ll give you a hint.
It’s pictured here.
I got an armband for my iPhone while I workout.
I’m really excited about it.
It’s so simple, I know. I just never made the commitment to getting one because I always tucked my phone (which I keep around for music purposes not for phone calls, silly) in my pants. Or sometimes in the back of my bra.
Yeah, it was sweaty. Yeah, it often slipped down and caused me to embarrassingly have to go chasing for it. Yeah, it was uncomfortable. But it was cheap so I liked it.
But I finally caved and got an armband. Well, to be fair, my mother bought it for me for Christmas. Because we all know I don’t spend money on such frivolities (god, I really do sound like such a scrooge!).
The point is, I’ve used it every day. And I love it. And it’s wonderful.
Sometimes you really should invest in the little things that can make such a big difference.
On a cellphone call last Friday, Chaz Grand and Ginny Loren encountered some serious problems. The now former couple, who had been dating for several months, were discussing that evening’s plans. Ginny, who was already beginning to feel like Chaz wasn’t showing her enough affection, ended the conversation with an, “I love you.”
Unfortunately for both of them, the cellphone reception was extremely poor between them and, according to Chaz, he did not hear the “I love you,” so he could not respond. For Ginny, this was the last straw in a slew of problems between the two of them. She assumed he had refused to say it back and that he had hung up the phone. And she ended things between them.
After attempting to call Ginny back several times, Chaz became disheartened and waited for her that evening at their date spot. Ginny never showed.
“The disrespect he showed me on the phone that day was too much for me to handle,” Ginny explains. “He was always doing little things like that and I grew sick of it.”
Chaz was heartbroken. “I just wish we could have talked about it… face to face. She knows I have ATT. I can’t help it.”
Will Ginny find it in her heart to forgive Chaz for his poor choices in phone carriers? Only time will tell.
While taking a joy ride in a rural town in Iowa, Lance Rutgers found himself distracted by his new iPhone. As a new user, he was still adjusting to the no-touch keypad and had been texting very slowly over the past few days. He also had to send out hundreds of texts to friends and family to let them know he had recently purchased an iPhone, so they could admire him for his style and taste.
Unfortunately, Rutgers own texting obsession caused him to be highly distracted while landing his plane. As a result, he over shot the runway by about a mile and landed, instead, in a huge corn field.
This is the first known and documented case of a pilot caught texting and flying. Though texting and driving has been well established as a dangerous practice, it is-unfortunately-still a wide spread problem throughout the United States. Texting and flying, however, has remained an untouched issue since most pilots understand the dangers involved.
Experts are afraid that the texting while operating the extremely complex and heavy machinery will become a world-wide phenomenon. As sending text messages becomes more and more second nature, many people may think less of doing it while attempting many every-day activities. This could become a real issue not only with airline pilots, but with construction workers or monster truck drivers or other communities that use expensive and heavy machinery that takes immense training and concentration to operate correctly.
There is even some worry that texting while working will spread to all sorts of jobs that would be greatly affected and harmed by distraction, like actors, teachers, or olympians.
Without knowing what the future holds, citizens can only hope that workers in these and other attention-based professions will maintain their levels of professionalism and concentration in order to continue to do their jobs successfully.
Beatrice Winters is a proud new owner of the latest version of Apple’s iPhone, and she is not afraid to show it off. Her new phone, which she has named Elana, has become the light of her life.
Admitting that she may pay attention to it more than neccesary, Winters claims she is not ashamed to show the world how she feels about her new phone. After all it is her “baby.”
In fact, while she was recently commuting to work on public transit, Winters found herself cooing at the phone, like it were an adorable newborn baby that demanded love and attention. She quickly caught herself and hesitated for a moment, and then decided she didn’t care what others thought.
“I love my Elana,” she said. “I express it in a very distinct way, and I’m happy to share that love with the world.”
When reminded that Elana was simply a cellphone, and not actually a child, Winters covered the earpiece on the iPhone. Whispering angrily, she simply said, “Do not talk about her like that. She’ll get fussy and throw a temper tantrum and then I’ll have to reboot her and things will get ugly.”
Other than the occasional reboot, Winters could not be happier with her new, purchased, digital daughter. She adds, jokingly, “I’m just not looking forward to her teenage years!” She laughs to herself almost uncontrollably as she holds Elana close.
It has been a tumultuous few days for the mother of lost blackberry phone, Velma. As the hours pass and various taxi companies confirm they have had nothing turned into them, Velma’s family has begun to slowly accept the tough fact that they will likely never see her again.
“It’s all my fault,” cries Velma’s mother of the incident. “She trusted me to keep her by my side. And I let her down.” Other family members try to comfort her by saying it was a simple accident. Some have even called it a “wardrobe malfunction” since she likely slipped out of a jacket pocket.
Nevertheless, Velma’s mother remains nearly inconsolable.
She recalls fond memories with her phone and constant companion of almost two years. She remembers dropping her numerous times, and each time Velma acted like nothing had happened. Velma made many phone calls that went through clearly, mediated many tough conversations made on the phone, and assisted in finding her mother great work throughout her tenure has cellphone.
“She will be dearly missed,” says Velma’s mother. “I think I’m going to finally upgrade to that iPhone I’ve always wanted, though…” she adds, with a glimmer of hope and excitement coming into her eyes for the first time.
And, like a new puppy bought in the wake of losing another in a feeble attempt to replace it, this new phone will be named Velma II. And Velma’s mother will guard it with her life.