I am often annoyed that there is such a focus on this device we carry in our hand (camera, mobility, there's an app for that) and less of a focus on solving real problems (cancer, world hunger, power).
Regardless I love technology when it's used for helping pick out my outfit.
The assistance required
Sent to So Cal and Oklahoma. (And sought Tarzan opinion) Unanimously black boots and dress were picked.
When I was CEMs age, my sister got suckered into the Columbia House tape club (I do realize how much this will age me - not one of my children will know what this is and how frustrating it was for a teenager to get out of a contract because you taped a penny to a paper card and mailing it off for 12 free records — insert fine line that you signed up for membership and the promise of future purchasing)
The biggest benefit of the club is they would sometimes send her "popular" albums (children - this was great exposure to cool, new music. Specifically for young fans who had never known a world called the Internet or Amazon) that was delivered right to your door. The door so far away that even pizza delivery wasn't possible.
Of all these deliveries - Lover Boy "working for the weekend" was one of my favorites. This song was often played above the correct decibel while I did my chores. One problem. My mother hates the album cover. Hated it so bad that it had to be discarded and a homemade insert for the cassette tape was created.
Over the course of being a mother I have come to realize the disdain my own mom had for songs like "Jack and Diane" and anything by the Violent Femmes.
Yesterday when decibels were too loud in car my and I was enjoying a new song CEM has at her fingertips. I saw the album cover.
And 1981 called. I laughed, I drew the comparison, and then listened to her music downloaded - without having to tape the penny.