By kenny friedman on Tuesday, December 06, 2011
It was Sunday and I was wearing my Moosejaw Jose Yero hoody. I try to set a good example to MF on how to piss off his mother so I wasn't wearing a coat over said hoody even though it was quite cold... But we were only walking 75 feet to go indoors so why put the jacket on, right?
Here's a little mini review of said hoody. It's super soft inside... Fits really well... Has a big old moose on the back which MF loves. Basically I love the sweatshirt aside from it's one downfall...
The pockets do not keep cell phones inside of them... Or what I should say is if you put your cell phone in the pocket then run up the stairs there's a chance that the phone will fall out, fall perfectly... Amazingly flat on the ground screen side down and crack like some tasty peanut brittle... Although it's not tasty and it cost a lot more. Because of that I'd have to give it four stars... Had it not broken my phone I'd give it five. And yes I'm totally blaming a sweatshirt for the broken phone since I'm perfect.
|pic is crappy because it was taken with my new/old phone|
My phone was dead... Well really not dead... It worked perfectly but the screen was gone. Although I hate my phone I was bummed because they're not cheap. I called to see about what a screen would cost and got an estimate of $100... Which maybe isn't bad but my phone sucks and I don't want to put any more cash into it.
Then in trying to figure out what I should do I remembered a post that I read on the FearLess Revolution blog... It's about a guy who was happier once he ditched his phone. I read it right after wrote my luddite post and it got me thinking that maybe when I upgrade my phone next I'll actually downgrade a bit since with a kid I'm not ready to ditch the phone.
So I went to my drawer and pulled out my old LG Muziq flip phone... I had still kept it just in case.
This phone rocked in the day... It plays music and has a slot for a memory card (this was huge back then). It has one camera but kind of works like dual cameras because of dual screens. It gets craptastic email but it gets email... And if there is a gun to my head I can hop on the internet. And most importantly I can drop it and it doesn't break... Seriously this thing has been dropped a lot and it works perfectly with only a few scratches... How many phones are made like that now?
I activated the phone... And felt a bit lighter.
I no longer have a simple way to check email, twitter or such things at all times... I do have an iPod Touch but that's limited because of wifi.
I felt like I could simplify my life a bit... Be in the moment more... Not be the asshole with the phone out during dinner. Because while we all kind of hate that person I feel that many of us have become that.
And then I had withdrawal and freaked the hell out... I need all that stuff... I found my Palm Pre (which is a piece of shit) and activated that... Then I deactivated it when I remembered it only works on speaker. The way I felt about "needing" all those connectivity features beyond phone and text kind of freaked me out...
So I decided to stick with the muziq and see if I could last out my contract which ends in eight months.
When the first full day came, yesterday, I felt good about the choice to downgrade... I no longer feel like I'm captive to my phone... I no longer have to check email, check twitter, check to see if anyone commented on a post or check some stupid fact on the web (ok maybe I still need that).
Really the phone had become a parent or boss... Always needing to check in with it.
It's kind of awesome having the lack of technology a bit... And I'm hoping it will simplify my life a bit... I'm not ready to drop the phone altogether, it's really impractical with a kid, but now I can use it as it's intended... As a phone instead of an anchor.
All that said we'll see how long this lasts... It's kind of an experiment... On that a lot of folks would say is pretty easy... But if you have a phone that's rather smart you can probably understand how tough it is.
I hope to ride my contract out and then get a semi-basic phone but an android... I know I can cheaply buy out my contract but I think it will be nice not checking shit all the time.
Moral of the Story: If you didn't read that FearLess post I mentioned above read it now...