So, how did the kid sleepover go?Not too bad. The kids got along, fun was had, nobody died or lost any limbs. Braden (the visiting kid) actually asked his parents if he could for stay another night -- which was either a sign of how well things were going, or just his way of pre-planning as there were still a few things in the apartment that he hadn't had a chance to mess with yet.
At one point the kids were sufficiently involved with videogames and snacks and stuff that I went to check my text messages only to discover that my phone was messing up. "Messing up" being code for not working at all. I'd been having some issues with my Droid lately, so I just assumed it needed a reboot to fix the problem.
It didn't.And thus began the unexpected crisis of the day -- as it became immediately clear that the phone was on, but the display was dead, rendering the phone pretty much useless.
Add to this some weirdness in my contract which enabled me to get a replacement, but only from the factory and only three days from now. And while I suppose the fact that I don't have to fork out a couple of hundred dollars for a new one (my only other option, according to Verizon) is a good thing, am I the only one out there who suspects that most cell phone providers just make up their various rules and restrictions as they go along?
Either way, I'm smartphone-less for a few days -- which has provided me with the horrible realization of just how tethered to that thing I've become. In addition to not having a working phone, I'm also without my de facto watch, my mobile access to the web and various internet-based distractions, my text communications device -- all that stuff.
I also have a bunch of apps/games on there for my son to play with (which he had been proudly showing off to his sleepover buddy earlier in the evening) -- which he asked to play with this morning and I had to remind him that he couldn't since the phone had stopped working.Kinda sad to realize just how addicted the world has become to these things.
At which point he kinda nodded in remembrance and said,"Oh yeah, that happened after Braden dropped it."
[Listening to: Skindred - "You Can't Stop It" ]