Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Uphill Both Ways

I am twenty-one years old, which means that I’m supposed to be on the cutting edge of technology and all things current. I’m in the age group of people who are old enough to have some money, but young enough not to know that we shouldn’t be spending it on these frivolous luxuries.

But that’s not quite how it’s playing out. Allow me to explain.

I have a junk phone that doesn’t make noise anymore and wouldn’t be able to use a calculator app.

As Ariel mentioned, I live in an apartment without air conditioning or cable.

I hit the big 170,000-mile mark on my car this weekend, and its air conditioning also broke (in celebration of the milestone, no doubt).

My laptop is a monolithic dinosaur with broken hinges and an operating system so old that you probably couldn’t even call the current computers its grandchildren.

I have no G’s, lots of wires, and few things that are modern or convenient.

Those may sound like complaints, but they aren’t. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Why? Because in a couple dozen years I’ll be able to do this:

Kid: “I want a new phone.”

Me: “Ha! When I was your age I had to use a phone that didn’t make noise while I sat in my 100° apartment amusing myself by guessing which part of my car was going to fall off next.”

Technological poverty is a right of passage—and I’m living it.

Wisdom by Warren:
To all of you who:
A. Get off on the wrong foot or
B. Get up on the wrong side of the bed

Be less selective.


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