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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

An Ode to My Smart Phone

I’m lost without my iPhone. Joann and I just purchased ours a few weeks ago. I was literally lost the other day without it. I went on an exploratory run on Sunday that ended up being much longer than intended, due to the fact that my battery died.

I started to improvise and took a couple turns and a couple off-road paths before I came up to the top of a hill that I thought was right next to our condo, a hill which had a spectacular view of the area—including a spectacular view of my far-in-the-distance condo. I ran in the opposite direction for I don’t know how long. I was noticeably sore and sunburned that evening.

I love having a smart phone…I can’t believe I lived without one for so long. The GPS especially has been great for navigating and familiarizing myself with the area. There are a lot of freeways and new roads and exits and routes to learn. And being able to search for the closest Starbucks, Wells Fargo, Trader Joes, etc. has made the task of learning the area much less daunting.

Checking the weather every morning. Listening to podcasts on my way to work. Following the Mariners games on AtBat. Using a Nike app to chart my runs. Learning German on my German language app. Apps! So many apps!

Seriously though, how was humankind happy all those centuries without smart phones? Without apps?!? I can only conclude that they were, in fact, not happy at all.

I have this idea that makes me laugh, and I really hope I can muster up enough courage to enact it. I'd walk into a Best Buy and pretend to be shopping for a smart phone and act completely awestruck by every feature (think something like Andy from "Parks and Rec")...

“Whoa, these things got internet? No way!”
“Whoa, you can take pictures with it?”
“Hey, check it out babe, these things play music!”
“Whoa, dude, you mean I can get google on these phones? That’s awesome! Babe, I can google things with my smart phone!”
“Whoa, so I can like, get on Facebook and update my status from my phone? No way!”
"So, do these things have apps? They do?! Joann, these things have apps! You can get apps on these phones!"

Okay, I'm done. Actually, when we bought the phones from Best Buy, I asked the salesperson if he had a smart phone. He looked at me like I had just asked the dumbest conceivable question.

By the way...any recommendations on apps I should get? Like an app that you just can't imagine living without?


Zhenren ZHOU said...

I am glad to hear that you live so well with a smartphone in your hand. And I am glad to hear from you once again, heard so many funny stuff, for example, you wondered how people in old times lived happily without a smartphone, "Do ya have a smartphone?" to the salesman. LMAO, as a tech-geek, I recommend you WhatsApp for the App. And next time, try Windows Phone 8 handsets out, especially those from Finnish folks.

Matt Boswell said...

I knew you would be displeased to hear I went with Apple. :) WhatsApp looks interesting. Great to hear from you too, Zhou.