When I was about eight years old, my friend Harry Jensen and I made a tin can telephone. My friend Harry was wonderful; we were both born on the same day in the same hospital, and he was like a kindred spirit. Harry taught me all the secret things of the "boy's world" ~~ how to do arm-pit farts, how to set off a whole strip of caps from a cap gun, how to whistle with a piece of grass, how to make ~~ and throw ~~ the perfect snowball, and so much more. But the tin can telephone was my favourite. Harry lived in the house just behind ours, and the string on the tin can telephone was just long enough so that we could chat between his kitchen and my kitchen. Of course, we were shouting so loud, we could probably hear each other anyway. The tin can telephone was great fun.
When I became a teenager, my parents gave me a Princess Telephone for Christmas. I could chat with my friends, and my very first boyfriend, who always called me on my Princess Telephone so I could help him with his homework. I thought my Princess Telephone was just The . Best . Thing I could ever have received. It was my doorway to my independent world. My parents allowed me to talk on the telephone, in my bedroom with the door closed. I now officially had my own life and my own secrets that I shared with my friends without my Parental Units being involved.
My other prized possession was my very own radio, which I kept beside my bed, and I could listen to radio stations as far away as California. To me, California was the centre of the universe. It was where everything was happening ~~ movies, beaches, music, rock and roll. To be listening to a radio station live from California was to have finally arrived in the land of cool. I was a fully paid-up teenager with my own telephone, my own friends, my own radio and my own music. Did it get any better than that?
Omigoodness, have we come a long way...? When Steve Jobs passed away the other day, I began reading about some of his innovations. He was a true visionary, and he changed the way we live ~~ forever. Now, our lives are completely portable. Everything we have, know, need, listen to or communicate with, is in a little device we carry in our pockets. This device has revolutionized the world in ways that we wouldn't have thought possible a generation ago. Absolutely everything ~~ everything ~~ is connected, and we can take it with us when we leave the house. It makes me dizzy... And the thing that impressed me most about Steve Jobs is what an amazing marketer he was. He created devices that we didn't know we needed, and then he showed us how much we could not live without them, and then he sold them to us. We had a truly symbiotic relationship with Steve Jobs and the devices he created for us. Is that genius, or what?
I'm wondering what other visionaries there are waiting in the wings, creating wonderful things that we don't even know yet that we need, we cannot live without ...how did we ever live without...