Tuesday, June 30, 2009

iPhone, You Phone, We All Wanna iPhone

Two years ago, on the even of the expiration of my two-year cell phone contract, Apple released, and consequently redefined the cellphone industry with the iPhone. I found myself battling the allure of techno-lust while seeking to submit all that I was and had been given to The Kingdom. I reflected briefly on the peace I found in this victory after choosing to renew the contract with the bargain bin Nokia 2600 that is given free with contract.

Two years later, with the allure and popularity of the iPhone expanding tirelessly - 40+ million units strong, with 1 million of the awe inspiring 3GS sold just recently in its first weekend - I find the battle waging once again. Once again, I must evaluate all that I am and all that I have been given. What are the most responsible uses of my resources at this point in my life? What is the difference between vain amusement and a wholeness in my life? These are unavoidable questions.

Much to my suprise, two years later, these questions are increasingly easy to answer. I am able to peer past the allure and see value in paying off Elena and I's combined college education free of debt before either of us graduates. Even further, I can clearly see that in my context the added expenses of the iPhone will not contribute to a wholeness in my life.

It is on that note that I can report I am a proud owner of the latest version of Nokia's 2600 bargain bin handset. I am proud because the previous model served me so well and the latest model has a bigger screen with better visibility in various lighting, better battery life, is slimmer and lighter, and now even has the frivolous conveniences of a camera and bluetooth.

On the iPhone front, it has been interesting to follow Apples deliberation concerning the distribution of apps of pornographic nature. After two yours of fairly strict enforcement, though vague long term policy, there is finally clarity in Apples decision to not distribute porn or inappropriate content. My guess this is less an effort to impose moral guidelines and more an effort to retain a sense of seriousness and professionalism in the content of the App store.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

PCC Massage for Couples Class!

I wanted to spread the word about an opportunity that Elena and I are pretty excited about. Portland Community College is offering a Community Education class titled Massage for Couples. It is Saturday, August 1st, from 9am to 1pm. The cost is $39 each, but I'm sure this is an investment that will pay awesome dividends in the long run.

Sign up before the class fills up!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Aging

Getting married, Michael Jacksons death...these are the types of events that make you have a profound sense of aging. But the most revealing of all was a recent conversation with Daniel (my new 8 year old brother-in-law).

One of our many common interests are Lego's. He was showing me his latest creations and some new pieces he acquired through bartering with friends. One particular piece he had scored was an out of production Lego man.

As I knelt next to Daniel, carefully analyzing the prized piece he proudly held high in his hand, he went through great length to communicate that you can't buy this piece anywhere and that it is from a really old set. In the quiet stillness of awe, I looked and he pondered the words to convey just how old it is. Finally he concluded, "I think it is from the 99's or something".

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Future of Saab

With Saturns future still hopeful, I was thrilled to see my other treasured brand being passed off into good hands. It appears Sweden's very own Koenigsegg will be taking the reigns of Saab.

Maybe the Saab Aero-X will yet see the light of day:

Monday, June 01, 2009

Future of Saturn

Opels built by Magna in Canada and sold as Saturns by Penkse in America. YES PLEASE!

Opels being sold as Saturns in the states has been my dream for the better part of the last decade (ever since love at first sight with the Astra when our paths crossed in Ukraine). Sadly this dream was only starting to be realized when GM began teetering on the verge of bankruptcy.

Viva la Astra!