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I’ve had an old Nokia flip phone for about the last five years. I averaged about 250 minutes per month of talk time and no texting. ┬áIt was satisfactory for my needs. Recently a good customer of ours gave his old iPhone 4S to me. I carried it around in my brief bag for about 3 months before I finally stopped at the AT&T store to check my options. I ended up with a pay as you go $25 a month plan, 250 minutes voice, unlimited texting with pictures. I shined any data considerations as it seems to work pretty good as a mini computer on the available wireless networks. I’m in my 3rd week of modern connected technology and I honestly feel all the cool features of the smart phone have wasted a bunch of my time and created a good bit of anxiety in me. I find myself ‘checking’ it all the time, but there seldom seems to be anything there of much use or that I didn’t know already? Battery life is good, sound quality is bad, camera is ok for what it is. Maybe its just me, my age and they way I came. I actually thought of sitting down and writing a letter the other day to see if I could concentrate that long. Serious! I came across a nice essay by Rebecca Solnit that pretty much aligns with my feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a technology luddite. I use many modern *tools* to get my job done. Here’s one:
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Sram XX1 and carbon fiber rims……pretty darn good technology! Helped me find the flow on a recent solo trip up to Ord
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These trails have a nice feel.
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Took the Hamal jammer to the beach the other day. (iPhone photos!)
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An open seat at the fire pit
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The persistent marine layer that defines summer on the Cali coast is in decline…fall is just around the corner

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So much disturbing stuff going on in the *connected* world. I am still able to find my peace and solace and for that I am thankful. As for the rest? Perhaps the answer is blowin’ in the wind?
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Peace
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