Everything comes with built-in obsolescence. The ubiquitous cell phone is no exception. Wherever you go these days, someone has one pressed to his/her ear, talking or texting. I don’t talk too much on mine, and I don’t know how to text, but it does ensure that people think you are “with” it, when they see you talking on one. I had noticed that mine needed recharging more often than it used to, but then so do I. After trying vainly to buy a replacement battery at several stores in town, I finally went to the cell phone store, only to find that mine was defunct after only three years. The good news was that I could buy a brand new basic cell phone with no bells and whistles (such as mine was) for only $40 which was the price of batteries! What a deal. The nice salesman began writing it up as I took my wallet out to pay. Yes, I could keep my old number, which was a great timesaver, but I would need a new case and my old charger would not work with this new one, plus an additional charger for my vehicle. It is like buying a new computer, where you discover when it arrives home that none of your programs will work on the new operating system, so you buy new ones which need to be learned. While the nice salesman was adding up the charges, Dr. Advice wandered in. After 65 years of married life, I know his reaction to sticker shock, so I cheerfully called out that I had found a $40 cell phone which would have been the price of a new battery. Naturally he was delighted with my clever purchasing power, and spent the next 25 minutes chatting with two other very nice young salesmen while they transferred all my data to my new phone. ( I didn’t know they could do that with a flick of a button) He was quite happy with my “$40” purchase, but I went home $100 lighter in my bank account. Not a bad exchange however, when you consider the fun we had talking to these three young men. Never pass up an opportunity to “connect”, it makes life so much more interesting.
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be continually part of unanimity.