Thursday, July 31, 2008
So, yeah, yesterday I dropped my phone in the toilet.
I have a good friend who did this same thing a few months ago, Heather Moore. Except she did it the same day she was expecting a phone call from a NY agent. At the time, of course, I made fun of her with ruthless glee. What kind of a person drops a phone in the toilet? I mean, what exactly are you doing in there that makes this situation come to fruition?
Now I know.
I tried my best to dry the thing out (I must've washed my hands 50 times yesterday) and the thing still didn't work. No big deal. The phone was ancient (at LEAST 2 years old) and I was due for a new-every-2 upgrade from Verizon. I marched down to the Verizon store and this awesome dude named Nik helped me for almost an hour.
My new phone is the red enV2 (see picture). I finally woke up and joined the new generation with internet and email on my phone now. But that's not very exciting. What IS exciting: I now have GPS and navigation - it's only 10 bucks a month! This seems far too good to be true. It's as good as any navigation system I've seen, with the hot mama lady talking to you and everything. I think I'll call her Jane.
This will be so valuable to me as I go on tour, visiting all those schools I've never been to before, hotels, restaurants, bookstores, etc. So I'm very pleased, and thank the laws of gravity for pulling my old crappy (no pun intended) phone into the deep waters of the abyss.
There are a few things in life I just can't believe I ever did without. TiVo, iPods, HD, laptops, wife and children (not, um, necessarily in that order). Well, add this cellphone GPS navigation thing to the list. Jane took me to a Taco Bell yesterday. It was very nice of her.
And Jane only costs 10 bucks a month! I told my wife I'd go one year without the NFL Ticket to make up for my additional monthly costs (hey, the Falcons are gonna suck this year anyway, har har).
This phone also makes it much easier to take decent pictures and email them to myself, so hopefully I'll be better about putting pictures on the blog while I'm touring and such.
For those of you who've been here awhile with the Dashner Dude, you may remember a time when I couldn't wait to get an iPhone. Please. I'm anti-iPhone now. Steve Jobs ticked me off when he made it sound like the newest one would be really cheap - he failed to mention the wee little fact that was only for people UPGRADING from an old one.
So I could get this phone for free (after rebate), have internet, email, and a kick-butt navigation system on the most reliable network, or pay 500 bucks for a fancy schmancy iPhone. No thanks.
Note to friends and family: they weren't able to transfer my address book over. So I lost all that. Call me sometime so I can get you back in. I don't have any phone numbers memorized.
THE MAZE RUNNER is still going strong. Yesterday during a brain storming session, I may have come up with the single most important epiphane of my author career so far. The ending will be so much stronger now. Word count is up to 51,000.
Posted by James Dashner at 10:15 AM