Technology and Books

“Come back in an hour,” said the dude at the Genius Bar as he took my phone away.

I nodded, “One hour,” and started to walk away. In a panic, I suddenly realized, without my phone, HOW WAS I TO KNOW WHEN THE HOUR WAS UP?! Also, since I didn’t realize it would take so long, I didn’t come with a book. Confused and distraught I went outside and sat on a bench, uncertain how to cope in this world with nothing to do and no way to know when the nothing was over.

I looked through my work bag, but I’d cleaned the thing out recently, and all I could find to entertain me was a receipt. I read that receipt very, very carefully. But let’s not kid ourselves, that couldn’t eat up more than 2 minutes, no matter how much I tried to stretch it. And since I had no way to know the time, I don’t even know if it took that much.

I stuffed the receipt in my bag and looked around, uncertain how to function without a book or something to tell time. I was so lost, so perplexed, it took me a good 10 minutes (again, totally guessing on the time since there was no way to know!) to realize there was a Barnes & Noble directly in front of me, maybe 30 feet away.

Salvation! I purchased a book and an apple tart and found happiness again. And I got back to the Apple Store in an hour when I (*gasp of horror*) spoke to a fellow human being and asked if they could tell me the time.

Assuming I survive the first wave of the end of the world, however it comes, I’m likely to do poorly in what remains of our planet.


2 Comments

  1. Stephanie

    If we both survive the first wave of the end of the world, I will loan you — no, give you — one of my three wristwatches. It’s just what friends do.

  2. Stephanie

    I just tried to leave a second note saying “oh, and welcome back to blogging. I missed your funny observations.” And it got dinged for being “spammy”! The nerve!

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