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2005, A Phone Odyssey
Posted Sunday, November 15th, 2009 by James Kitchens

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
--- Arthur C. Clarke

 

Magic indeed. As of last night, I have finally entered the mobile online world with some sort of Samsung inertnet capable phone. Re-reading that statement makes me sound a lot like Bakes. I can imagine myself saying, "Stay off my lawn, you damn whippersnappers!" Or shooting the neighborhood kids' football and throwing it back over the fence. Pretty sure Bakes does all that stuff. And more. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to mark my passage into the year 2005. Yes, I've finally caught up with the middle of this decade in terms of my phone. In other areas (my clothes, my haircut, my favorite sayings, etc.) I am woefully stuck in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Although, by that standard, I'm clearly about 60 years ahead of Bakes. Sorry, Brian, but it's true. However, with this new toy, my phone odyssey begins.

The trip began last night on our way out to dinner. We parked near a Radio Shack in Evanston, IL on our way to the FlatTop Grill, and had about 20-30 minutes to kill. So we stopped in to look at phones. My wife needed a new phone, and had a "free" upgrade coming. We all know these aren't really "free", since they stick you with a new obligation to pay them for a period of years. Anyway....

We started looking at the phones, not intending to do anything. She saw a few she liked, and the guy mentioned that for her needs, she wouldn't want a PDA phone (Blackberry, etc.). In the meantime, the wife was liking the new Samsung inertnet phone. So we actually decided to get her one. At the same time, they needed to look up the account to make sure we had the data plan for it (we didn't, but switched to an unlimited data plan that cost the same as our previous plan). We also found out that I was due a "free" upgrade too. Turns out they picked up all the re-activation fees and a few other things like the first month of the data plan (normal for a 3rd party seller I assume). So that's the story of how our new phone osyssey started. A seemingly innocent trip to Radio Shack before dinner.

Sadly, they only had the same model and color phones left in stock, so we both got the exact same phone. I'm considering how I can differentiate our phones. Maybe I'll paint mine with same racing stripes and flames or something. Or put a pink stripe on hers. She hates pink.....

As for my phone inertnet usage, let's just say I've used the inertnet connection on my previous phone with limited shock and awe. Plus I was always afraid of overages on the data plan. No such fear now! I've even posted my first mobile phone post on TBS this morning. So, as you can clearly see, my antiquated days are coming to an end. At least in terms of my phone and the inertnet. As for my clothes and haircut, maybe I'll just have to consult with Bakes for that.