About an hour ago I received an email on my Blackberry. I read through it and placed a call (on my Blackberry) to reply to the mail. I arrived at the office, used my index finger on the scanner lock to fire up my computer, pressed play on my Ipod and logged on to the world wide web. Scanned and faxed a document, used my 5.8Ghz cordless phone to call an out of state associate via my VoIP. I have just now finished burning 122 pictures of Christmas for my mother and......................wait, wait, wait.
Who needs electronics? Me, you, him, her...................us! As we close out yet another year I started to realize some of the things that helped me get to where I am today. We are in a disposable generation, $79.95 for the first hour to repair a DVD player........$54.99 for a new one. We don't even realize when new, faster, better, smaller and more powerful things come along, we just buy them. We are creatures of habit. Here are a few things to remind us of times passed.
The Beeper. Not a pager. A Beeper. If you don't remember, they called it this for a reason. "Oh that was two beeps. Call mom". Then you scrounge up some change and haul ass to the next item.
The Pay Phone. This was your contact. Like a drug dealer on the corner, you push him some money and he returns with the product. Occasionally abused, kicked, slammed and whacked on the side but a friend none the less. Have you ever torn apart your car to finally find that quarter that seemed to have a God like light emitting from it?
We prayed to the phone gods and they delivered. The bag phone. The first bag phones need a second mortgage to purchase and maintain the .85 cents a minute charge. Besides the fact that you go coverage best when you were parked under one of the two towers in your state.
The gods answered once more and this produced..........The mobile phone. Big as a small toaster but impressive to the chicks man.
And last but not least...............The Portable Personal Computing Device. If you had the cash and the back to lug around 48 lbs you were the man. With 4MHz processor, 64kb of memory and 5mb of hard drive, how could you go wrong.