I had a phone. The same cell phone - for years. It flipped open. Didn’t take pictures. Couldn’t play music. Had no apps that I knew of. It rang and it took voice mail.
Last weekend I couldn’t find it. Looked everywhere. It had disappeared. My son asked if I’d checked my purse. I told him, yes, several times - I had just changed purses so I knew it wasn’t there. So I checked in the couch cushions where I had dumped out the old purse. Nada. Then, with a knot forming in my stomach, I went upstairs to check the purse I had been using before changing. There it was, in its little Velcro side pocket. The side pocket of the purse I had tossed in the washing machine then into the dryer.
Let’s all bow our heads and say goodbye to the cell phone -- dead, but quite clean and shiny.
I now have an iPhone. Do you know why they call it that? Because it’s smart. If it could talk, it would say, I phone. U dumb.
I’ve figured out how to answer and how to make a call. I think I could check voice mail. I managed to get on the net and went to email - made the mistake of clicking yes to “download mail.” I even maneuvered my way and was able to send a text message and learned my fingers are too big. They kept hitting the wrong letters. I could have hand delivered the message to North Carolina in the time it took me to type. But that’s okay. I’ll never find my way back there anyway.
My son is still on the “family plan” with me, so while I was at the phone store, I asked if we needed to up our unlimited call minutes. She checked. We’re on the 700 minutes free plan. Then she checked last month’s bill and found that between the two of us we’d used 657 minutes. 651 of them were his. 6 were mine. Guess to make this iPhone worthwhile I’d better learn how to use the camera.
So, folks, when you’re writing, keep in mind that not everybody instinctively knows how to use an iPhone or and iPod or an iSpy. I think that’s the realm of the young. They’re fearless. You hand them an iPhone and they’ll start poking buttons and changing settings. I, on the other hand, now wish I’d drawn out a map of the buttons I pushed to get to text messaging. I might send another one, just to up my used minutes. I’m shooting for 10 this month.
5 weeks ago