Stop….. I’m too weak


By: CityFella,

I’ve decided the real money isn’t at General Motors or Toyota.  Its at Samsung and Apple.   Last weekend, 10 million Apple phones were sold.   1o million phones, not including the pre-sales. My daughter had her I6 before the weekend.  Her year old,  I phone 5 was woefully inadequate.

My phone is the Samsung Sidekick G4 (pictured above)  it is 3 years old or 20 years old, if your under 30.  It works for my extra large fingers.  Many people bought those phones, but they have all moved on.   So its me and my Sidekick G4, alone.

When ever I’m standing in a long line someone will invariably say.    Oh my sister used to have one of those.    Its as if I am using a cup and a string .

I recently stopped into a phone store to see if there was an adequate replacement for my G4 with my beloved keyboard,  perhaps an G5 or G6.

No such luck……

My sales person knew phones, he could recite pixel’s, hertz’s,  and screen sizes. He knew the different processors, the advantages one had over the other. Unlike other sales people I’ve encountered , he didn’t need a silly guide, it was all stored in his head.

I wanted to try to texting on a phone with my ginormous fingers ,but you cant on a display phone.  Not a problem for my salesman.  He owned two of the popular phones, they were in his pocket and before I could say how….  I was texitng.    He reminded me of those old hair club commercials, not only was he a salesman, he owned several of the new phones!

Looking at the prices of these phones $600, I asked if he was married.  After a brief blush, he said yes.   He says he has bought three phones this year, which lead me to ask, what does your wife think about your obsession?  He said, she doesn’t mind , the bills are paid and there is money in the bank.

His passion was contagious, he unlocked my inner Geek.  A room I thought was welded shut.   I was once 24, my passion was stereos and the latest in electronics. I spent nearly a thousand dollars on the first Beta Hi Fi (yes I SAID, it BETA!). I owned LaserDisk players. If Stereo Review said it was golden, I had to have it.

This man, unlocked my Geek, however, I’m not 24.

SIX HUNDRED BUCKS, to say HOWDY, or text howdy, really?   My sidekick will do nearly every thing the current phones will do. but slower.   After my un huh,  to you can upgrade your phone in two years, he knew I wasn’t buying today.  My reaction did not slow his enthusiasm.

On his wrist was the latest phone watch.   I asked a dozen questions, he had five dozen answers and scenarios.  He left me weak, if I had cash I would  have been his phone bitch and bought anything he told me to.

I cursed him!  Damm you Khan!!!!!

I am now surfing the net, in a few days I will know every thing phone watch, in a few weeks I will own one.

I have to stop now, my eyes are twitching again.


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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