The last week on this blog has been very fun for me. I’ve been thinking and talking and writing a lot about relationships. Everyone who has read and commented has been a real encouragement! And I mean that! It’s been a very big bright spot in my day to get comments and emails from you!
Tonight, I stood in front of my favorite thinking place – my whiteboard – for a couple hours. For all my obsession with computers, going offline is still my best bet for getting deep thinking done. Here’s what my board looks like right now (really small because it contains pieces of Parts 5-7 of the series and I don’t want to give anything away early). This is what my ideas look like before they get into words on a screen.
As I was thinking about Part 5 today and this evening, I realized that I have way too much to complete in one day. Additionally, I’m not exactly sure how to put the pieces together. So I’m taking a break from writing the series tonight. How do you benefit? Well, first, I’m going to tell you a little story instead. Second, as I alluded to above, I’m fairly certain this series is going to be 7 parts now. I plan to continue it by Thursday for sure.
For anyone who doesn’t use Twitter, tweets are kind of like wall posts on Facebook. Ever since it started, I thought Twitter was stupid – like technological caveman IM. Why bother? But I started using it earnestly this weekend and I actually like it. I feel like my mind is sharper and more creative during the day for reading other people’s witty tweets.
For about the past month, I’ve been seriously considering getting an iPhone. The dialogue in my head:
- “That phone is so freaking cool.”
- “That phone is so an MP3 player.”
- “That phone has an amazing user interface.”
- “That phone has incredible apps.”
- “There are people starving in Africa right now.”
End of debate.
Every time I think about the iPhone, that’s how the internal conversation concludes. Please don’t think I’m being too irreverent for seeming to make a joke about hunger/thirst. I’m not at all. It’s just interesting to me how the pull of the external life (how hot the iPhone is) competes against the interior life (how horrible poverty is). I’m not trying to make this an either/or thing. If you have an iPhone, it’s totally cool. This is the tension inside of ME about this decision. When I find myself in these situations, I usually try diffusing the tension with randomness and come back to being serious later. That’s what happened in my head tonight.
Back to the iPhone. I really can’t help but think how incredible it is. I bought my BlackBerry Curve (arguably the 2nd-7th coolest phone right now) for $50 refurbished. I’ve always had luck with refurbished products, so I’m going to keep buying them.
I really hate the word “refurbished” though. Like if you buy the phone retail, is it furbished? Wait, stop! Some of you are cracking open dictionary.com right now to check on the etymology of the word. I’ll save you the trip. Guess what? Now that I’ve looked it up, I hate the word refurbish even more than I thought I did. The word “furbish” means “to restore to freshness of appearance or good condition.” So the “re-” in refurbish is completely redundant. Thanks a lot for wasting my time, English language!
Back to the iPhone. Again. Whenever I see one it’s as if time stops and a choir sings – like that new Domino’s commercial. You gotta watch it. Check out the two choirs. Instead of Subway vs. Domino’s, imagine it’s the BlackBerry vs. the iPhone.
Yeah, that’s the choir I hear. In fact, tonight, as I was looking at my BlackBerry, considering the iPhone’s coolness, I remembered another obsolete phone.