I came home from a really crappy day yesterday, where I wanted to hang that cartoon where the kid is saying “I see stupid people”…only I wanted mine to say “I work with stupid people” and I knew that wouldn’t go over very well if I hung it in public, so I just hung that one on the wall in my mind.
Rob and Sydney followed me into the kitchen where I was pulling out stuff for supper and handed me a wrapped box.
Inside was an iphone 4s.
Now, Rob and Sydney are excited as heck, but I gotta tell you that this is one of the most high pressure gifts I think I’ve ever received. Whether the whole family goes to iphone depends on whether I can get this to work for us; for me.
We have phone difficulties with cell coverage at home, and even last night, I had to walk up the hill to get a sufficient signal to activate the phone. We have an in-home tower, but the phone wanted a real tower to activate me and the closest real signal is a quarter mile away. Up the street. In my lounging gym shorts and crocs. I looked down at myself after about the hundredth car had driven past and realized that I looked a mess. And, all my neighbors had seen me.
Anyway, Rob is anxious because he did the studying about the phone and is anxious that it should work properly…and after the horror stories he read about people that had bad experiences, I can understand why he felt that way. Every time I get it to do something, he gives a big sigh and tells me what could have happened. Even I’m starting to cringe a bit.
Sydney can’t wait to get her hands on it and having played with her friend’s iphones, she knows all about it. At one point last night, I couldn’t do something and said, “here, Sydney. Do this.” and she did and she gave me that look that made me feel a hundred and fifty years old instead of in the prime of my life.
Rob told me about the learning curve and I’m anxious that I will get frustrated and stop trying to learn about it. But, I’ve gotten it to do a whole bunch of things in just a few hours of playing with it. And, if this all works, and it looks like it is, then I’m going to have this phone for a long time. And, I have plenty of time to play with it.
My greatest fear about the phone is that we will pay for it and I won’t use it. That would be bad. When I said that to Rob last night, he said, “that’s why we just bought one this time.” More pressure.
Okay, so despite the pressure, I’ve actually done pretty good and there was only one short burst of bad words strung together that I later had to apologize for saying. Oops! Then, I put it down. And, that’s been my lesson for learning to use the iphone. If it ain’t workin’, then put it down and try again later. Don’t sit there, hunched over it, frantically pressing the same buttons over and over again and expecting a different result.
There lies fury.
Be well and what’s your favorite app?