Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What I'm Doing Instead of Ordering The New iPhone

Sitting on my hands, that's what. Why do I even know that today is the first day you can pre-order the new iPhone? I'm not one of those Apple people. Even typing the small "i" and the capital "P" in "iPhone" makes me feel like I've capitulated to some form of domination. It's like when fast food restaurants get you to say their dumb branded words, like, "Yes, Josh, I would like to biggie size my order." Just no. This is not English orthography, Apple, I won't just roll over like that.

Or yes I will. Dammit!

After all, my iPhone 3G is working just fine. And a new one would cost money that I don't really need to spend on such a thing. I just want it. A minute ago I moseyed over to the AT&T website and looked at my upgrade options. Then the website broke from all the other people doing the same thing. Now they have a huffy message up saying that they can't deal with your request and could you just please call them on the phone?

Okay already, I can wait. Maybe Hank will drop my phone in the toilet again, and this time, it won't make it.

So what am I doing today then? And would you like that in a bulleted list?

  • I ate some sardines. My dad has been loving them for years and I've finally seen the light. Delicious on a cracker with some wasabi mayonnaise and lemon juice. Though good old mustard is nice too.
  • I took the kids to the summer dollar movie. Or I took Hank and two of our friends--Laura's in the mountains with Normal Neighbor's family. It reminded me of doing the same thing when I was a kid. Only then they showed old Disney movies, like Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion, and there were cartoons first. It's all different now in the age of DVD, when kids are likely to own the movies the theater shows. Maybe not as exciting for them? I don't know. Matt and I have tried to impress on the kids how, when we were little, you couldn't just watch any movie you wanted at any time on dvd, Netflix streaming, or on-demand. I can well remember going to the Curtis Mathes store as a family and renting a VCR--like the actual machine--and the movies to watch on it. For my kids that's like hearing a description of churning butter. Remember waiting for the annual showing of The Wizard of Oz on TV?
  • My neighbor, one of the K(C)athies, dropped by and gave me an earful of back story on the Mystery People. She gave substance to the rumor I had heard about the Mystery Guy and the foreign exchange student (you really need to click that link), then told me that after his first wife left him, his neighbors on the other side complained about all of his hookers (LOLZ!). Then she opined that the current Mrs. Mystery actually began her relationship with Mystery Guy in something of a hooking capacity. I know that sounds like such a Gladys Kravitz thing to say, but it's actually slightly credible.
  • It is 100 degrees here today. In June. It is hotter than . . .I have nothing. Nothing clever to say, too hot. Send cool plz.
What are y'all doing?

16 comments:

Marie said...

I know what you mean about the dumb branded words. A few years ago we were in a Denny's and I had to pass on a couple of their entrees because I simply could not bring myself to utter the words
"Rootin' Tootin' Fresh and Fruity"
or "Moons Over My Hammy" .

Ginger said...

Oh, I used to LIVE for the annual Wizard of Oz fest. That and Gone with the Wind. My parents would let me stay up late and everything...
Sweet little memory for a Tuesday afternoon...

Viki said...

LOL, about the movies. I wonder what your kids would think if they knew when I first watched TV it was only in black and white, ha!!

Amy said...

I want a iPhone 4 too!! The video calling is what got me, for obvious, I live thousands of miles from family reasons. Heck, if they'd give me one, I'd start spelling my name aMy.

Sardines, huh? What's next--pork rinds?? Are you so desperate for our father's approval?

Jenni said...

You know I just love the Mystery People. Just reading about them makes me giddy with the scandal. I remember waiting for Wizard of Oz and I would just hope and hope that I wouldn't fall asleep before the Technicolor part came on (I was usually out before the flying monkeys made their debut.) I actually played the Cowardly Lion in a middle school play. I also remember waiting for Annie to come on. I loved that movie, but watching it as an adult I'm kind of struck by how foul some of the language is. Not entirely kid friendly, that Annie.

Amy said...

Jenni--Ava was watching Annie the other day and I had the same thought. Yikes! And also with what a lush Miss Hannigan is. Those things kind of fly over your head when you're a kid. And don't even get me started on Grease!

Christine said...

Gladys Kravitz! That is so who I would have played in a 1960s sitcom! I love that reference.

Michele R said...

The Wizard of Oz is my favorite. Remember how you used to have to record songs from the radio or TV in order to know and learn the lyrics? I had a red Panasonic tape recorder with a handle and I'd sneak it into the movie theater that once played The Wizard of Oz. I'd record the songs. "Oh I--could tell you why--the ocean meets the shore. I could think of things I've never thought before. And then I'd sit. And think some more. I would not be just a nuthin. My head all full of stuffin....

Beth said...

ZOMG, so much to say. My husband was so scared of the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz that he would run behind the sofa when she came on. I actually played the scarecrow in the Girl Scouts version back in, I don't know, 3rd grade?

No iPhone 4 for me, but I want an iPad. Bad. But I already have a Nook, and my husband told me when he bought it for me, at my request, for my birthday, "This is such a dumb thing. It's going to be outdated in 6 months and you're going to want something new." Um, guess what, honey?

Sardines are supposed to be so good for you, but I haven't been able to bring myself to it. I've had a can from TJs in my cupboard for about 6 months, working up the courage.

Jane said...

I cannot say "biggie size.". Cannot.

The sardines are good on toast with a mashed up avocado, too.

Megan said...

Oh, Ginger, are we related??? I anticipated both of those movies with SUCH eagerness every year when I was a kid, and when I learned later that they'd come out in the same year, it just seemed so... right. Apparently, the first time I saw Rhett carry Scarlett up the grand staircase, when I was 2, I turned to my mom with a frown and demanded, "Where dat man takin' dat lady??"

Marie and Becky and everyone... I've cringed every time my husband has ordered "Moons Over My Hammy." Oh yes, yes he has.

The Messy Mom said...

Yep, we are going to the free movies on Friday to watch Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. A movie that we already own, but I am hoping it's still fun just to get out.

CrazyLovesCompany said...

Ugh. It made me laugh though. I remember going to the video store and having to choose between Beta and VHS and they kept all the videos behind the counter and we just brought up a little tag. Sad, sad, sad. Long live NetFlix!

A Day That is Dessert said...

I want the new iphone too. I can't believe it's so hot!! You should move to Seattle - that's all there is to it.

Keely said...

Ha! I remember when we came back from NZ (1987) my Dad rushed right out and bought a VCR before we were even back in our house (and before Mom could stop him, because she was still in NZ). They were much cheaper here than NZ, but still, hundreds of dollars.

Then he rented Westerns. Bah.

Casey said...

Dude. It's hot as balls here too. FL sucks and the past four afternoons have been hot AND thundery so we didn't go in the pool but then it never rained.

I have a Droid so I've never known iPhone love but you're right, it is weird typing that little "i".

I need some scandal in my neighborhood.