While I love gadgetry, I’m also very skeptical of it. When a new fad appears, I generally view the early adopters as tragically pretentious, and have no interest in participating in their little festival of douchery.
So, I’m almost always slightly behind the curve. As the rest of the world was falling in love with digital photography, I was still threading Fuji film into the camera my parents gave me as a high school graduation present. And while every hipster worth his designer sea salt was sporting the white iPod earbuds, I was lugging around my Sony Discman, and a seven-pound tote of CDs.
I’m not exactly proud of my lack of vision, but it does save me money. By the time I get around to appreciating the value of something, the prices have usually dropped. A few of my co-workers in California paid more than $1000 for their first DVD players. A thousand bucks! I probably paid $239 for mine, because I was a year late in contracting the fever.
And our Big Ass Television would’ve cost us thousands of dollars more, if I’d been an early adopter. Longtime readers of the site remember my years-long hemming and hawing session surrounding the purchase of that sombitch. But, in retrospect, my indecisiveness saved us tons of money
The one exception, that I can recall, is the CD burner I had installed in a previous computer, a year after I bought it. When I ordered that machine I was going down the list of upgrades, and decided I didn’t need a burner (who makes CDs?). I probably could’ve added it on the front end for $25, and ended up paying a couple hundred.
So, it usually works out in my favor, but not always.
Current things I view as kinda stoopid, but will probably end up loving in the long run: Blackberries, car navigation systems (I’m already starting to soften on that one), electronic books (like Kindle), and anything to do with Bluetooth technology (I mean, seriously).
Where do you fall on the technology adoption spectrum? Do you jump right in with both feet, or do you need to be convinced like me? I doubt there are too many full-blown Luddites reading the Surf Report, since, you know, it’s on the internet. But who knows?
Also, what gadgets did you originally mock, and end up loving? Use the comments link, if you’ve got anything for us.
Yesterday I stopped at a convenience store on my way to work, with the intention of buying a bottle of water, or some iced tea. And as I was perusing the gargantuan selection there (sweet Maria), something caught my eye.
Sunkist orange soda! I probably hadn’t had one of those babies in 25 years, and wasn’t even aware it was still in production. Just a couple weeks ago I was telling the Secrets about my experience with that stuff, and they didn’t know what I was talking about.
When I had my paper route, you see, there was a small corner grocery store (Cliff’s Market), where I’d stop for a drink on most days.
And while I enjoyed the Sunkist orange, I couldn’t buy it – because it always made me crap. It’s true. Within minutes of downing one of those foot-tall glass bottles, I’d find myself doing a wide-eyed Frankenstein march down the alley toward our house, praying my sphincter would hold against the mounting pressure.So yesterday I decided to buy one… I wanted to see if it still had the same effect on me. Extremely dangerous, since I was going to work, but this was science, dammit.
I twisted off the cap as I drove, and took a tentative sip: yum. It tasted exactly as it had during the Reagan administration. By the time I arrived at my job, the bottle was empty and I wondered if my decades-long streak of never crapping at work might come to an explosive, scattershot end.
Yeah, but nothing happened. I felt completely normal. Wonder if all the beer I’ve downed during the intervening years has shored-up my stomach, and made it less thenthative? I’m not sure, but the streak stands.
What foods cause you to do the stiff-legged scramble? Besides the normal stuff, like Starbucks, etc. Anything unusual make you sprint down the hall? Tell us about it.
And I’ll see ya tomorrow.