I just finished reading Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning for the second time. I recall reading it in college and I enjoyed it then as well. Frankl was in a Nazi concentration camp for four years and this book (in a ridiculous nutshell) is about how, even in the middle of such horrendous suffering, having a positive attitude can get you through anything.
So what happened to me today pales in comparison. I didn’t lose my family or my friends or my life in a concentration camp. I lost my iPhone. So, after having just read that book, losing an iPhone is no big deal. So what, right? Who cares?
What bums me out is the fact that no one turned it in when s/he found it. I know darn well that whoever picked up my beautiful iPhone 4S on the street said, “Oh My Gawd I found an iPhone!” and quickly took out the Sim card and is using it as we speak. And that makes me so sad.
When my husband brought home a MacBook Pro that he found on the street we quickly looked through it and found the owner. When I walked up to my Wells Fargo ATM machine and found a stack of bills that the previous customer forgot to take out, I ran after him and gave his money to him.
If whoever found my iPhone would think about how SHE or HE would feel if it happened to them, what would they have done?
Whatever happened to “do unto others”. I’m bummed about THAT more than about the darn phone. Really….
Ahh, finally I’ve caught up to my children and am now the proud owner of a smart phone. Santa was generous and brought me an iPhone for Christmas. It looks really sleek and relevant in its purple, plastic case. Now I can read my email messages wherever I am because, you know, my emails are of such an urgent nature that I need them in real time. (Not!) I can also update my Facebook page with annoying—I mean entertaining—vignettes about my day. With pictures, too, because my phone has an amazing camera. Thanks to the Emoji app, I can decorate all my text messages with a variety of cute pictures because why shouldn’t my texts look like they we written by a teenage girl?
And that’s about it because, truth be told, I got a smart phone that’s smarter than me. Seriously, it talks back. What do I need that for? I have teenagers!
I’ve loaded some apps on it, but not many. When I enter the App Store (how funny does that sound?) I get a little overwhelmed with all the crazy and amazing things I can put at my fingertips. I have dipped my toes in, picking up a few of the thousands of apps available. My first one? The Flashlight. Now, if I have to change a flat tire in the dark, I have a light right there on my phone to do it by. Of course, a better use of my phone might be to call AAA, but a gal’s gotta have options, right?
Since it was the New Year, the second app I loaded on my phone was the Weight Watcher’s app. Yep, I live and die by the points. Now that I think about it, though, a better app might be one that yells at me to “put down that chocolate!” Is there an app for that?
Music is very important to my everyday existence, so I’ve had a lot of fun with iTunes and Slacker Radio. My task for this week is to figure out how to load one of my existing songs to use as a ringtone. Not as easy as it sounds. If I’m lucky, my fourteen-year-old will take pity on her out-of-touch mother and help.
I haven’t loaded any games, yet. No Angry Birds or Words With Friends or—the favorite in the Solheim house—Temple Run. Okay, I did load Magic8Ball, but that was because Jill Shalvis makes mention of it in her latest release Head Over Heels. It sounded fun, just like the book.
My son is addicted to FourSquare and I’ll probably load that one, too, if only to ensure he doesn’t become the mayor of our neighborhood! I do like ShopSavvy, though. How cool is it that you can compare prices of anything from you phone?
I’m sure there are a million things I can do with this wonderful little gadget. I need a copy of iPhones for Dummies because a mother can only bear so many exasperated sighs and eye rolls from her children when asking for help. With time, I’m sure I’ll be a pro. But you know what the best thing about my iPhone is? The one reason I consented that Santa could go over budget and get me one? FaceTime. Because when your child is lying in a hospital room three hours away, all you want to do is see his face. Hopefully I’ll never have to use it for that, but just knowing I can makes me sleep better. Isn’t technology great?
What are some of your favorite apps?