Archive for June, 2010

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Driving, without a car

June 30, 2010

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Went with Arthur to the driving range today for the first time. It’s interesting, I’ve never really had an interest in golfing. We did random golfing in high school PE and I sucked at that, but it still sounded kind of fun. So, why not? Besides, Arthur said he had some of his Dad’s old drivers and got them cleaned up a bit. Let’s do it!

When we got there, we walked through the main building and out back to the range. Arthur and I were kind of lost because we’re never been to this location and could not find the ball vending machine at first! Good thing process of elimination helped, if it’s not on the left, it’s on the right. $13 bucks for 150 balls. And off we were to find a spot.

We picked one a little ways off from the main peeps because they looked kind of intense. Arthur had some tees in his bag and we were set to go. I grabbed a driver(1) and Arthur grabbed his, a brand new one he bought earlier that day to mess around with. After a tries, we both realized that we either suck horribly but it was funny. Oh, there was a guy riding around on the green collecting balls and I hit his cart! Totally didn’t mean to but we cracked up anyway. One thing we quickly realized was that whenever we did get a good hit, we’d lose a tee. Problem was, we had a small amount of tees. After 150 balls and random amounts of success, we had only one tee left as we were leaving.

Not bad, it was fun trying something (for me, it was new!) new. Oh, one funny thing was that we thought there as a dress code. Arthur and I were both wearing polos, shorts, caps, and clear white shoes. Turns out this location didn’t require a dress code. People were driving in wifebeaters, jerseys, basketball shorts, whatever! Oh well, at least we were dressed respectably.

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Sold my iPhone, phoning from 2003

June 16, 2010

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Let’s go back a few years. What you’re looking at above is a Sony Ericsson T637. This phone was released in late 2003/early 2004. I used this phone years ago in high school and passed it on to my Mom and later to my Dad. At the time, it was a great phone with lots of features, namely a VGA camera and Bluetooth.

Fast forward to a week ago, I sold my iPhone 3G. After two years, I was ready for an upgrade and the iPhone 4 definitely fit my needs. Originally, I was going to give the 3G to my sister once I upgraded to the iPhone 4. However, I decided to sell it for cash so that the money could be spent on a new iPhone 4 for her as well. I sold my 3G on the 10th and the iPhone 4 doesn’t come out until the 24th. I figured, what the hey, I’ll use the old up above for two weeks. It’ll be easy. Boy, was I unprepared for what was to come.

The first night, it hit me. I don’t have an MP3 player now. I’ve been using my iPhone for that. I had to borrow my sister’s spare MP3 player, an old Creative Muvo TX. One line screen and a jog-dial for controls. Nothing else to do while listening to it, but to listen to it. No playing with apps, no surfing the web, so reading RSS feeds. I guess it’s ok.

Over the next few days, I realized I was missing my iPhone quite a bit.

While connecting to a TF2 server, I was going to pull out my phone to surf the web a bit. NO CAN DO.

When I shower, I play music from my phone to keep track of how long it’s been. NO CAN DO.

I went to San Francisco with family and we had to wait for the GPS to find satellites. I was going to whip out my phone and use it to find our location, A-GPS on my phone was faster than regular GPS units. NO CAN DO.

Even something as simple as checking the weather to see what I should wear for the day required me booting up my computer. If only I had my iPhon- NOCANDO!

For the past two years, I’ve had my iPhone with me nearly constantly. Having a smartphone, using it, and getting used to it has definitely made me become dependent on it. Without it, I’ve lost quick access to a lot of important, if mundane, functions in my life. It’s taken a week for me to get re-acclimated to life without a smartphone. Certainly feels like I’ve gone back in time, even if it was just two years ago when I didn’t have an iPhone. Even still, I can’t wait till the 24th when I go and pickup a new one.

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