Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I got irrationally upset. The mere idea that pens could disappear from the face of the Earth was distressing. Fortunately, I remembered a post I had written in 2011, which cited: "there is no species of technology that have ever gone globally extinct on this planet."
You see, I am a walking contradiction. I love technology, but I am obsessed with pens, and mechanical watches. I have eyed the soon-to-be-available Apple Watch with extreme concern and suspicion.
I still like to do the NY Times crossword puzzle in the paper - with a fountain pen.
No matter what, I rely on the fact, that each morning will find me sitting at a table, pen uncapped, attacking that day's puzzle. I don't ever want to lose that.
But I have to admit, there are many things I not only don't do anymore, but I will never, ever, do again. An infographic reminded me that:
I no longer advertise in newspapers - I use Craig's List
I no longer call a travel agent - I use Kayak
I no longer buy tickets for events over the phone - I visit StubHub
I no longer need a pay phone - I carry a device that allows me to communicate instantly
I no longer print photos - I store them in Dropbox
I no longer own a dictionary - I visit dictionary.com
I no longer watch TV shows at the time they are shown - I stream them at my convenience on Netflix or Hulu
I no longer remember phone numbers - I find someone's name on my smart phone's contact list and I press it to dial their number.
What do you no longer do?