We pastors at Redeemer have a business phone plan and our contract came up this month which means time to get new phones.
I think it's too much to say I'm a technophobe, rather I'm a utilitarian when it comes to technology. Pastors Nathan and Brian, my partners in pastoral ministry at Redeemer, on the other hand, are both infatuated with the latest and greatest electronic gadgets and computer capabilities. To be clear, Nathan gets excited about such things, Brian is down right crazy over them (can you say "OCD"?).
So our Sprint plan expired last week, Nathan and Brian go off to get us new phones on my day off (they knew I'd be a stick in the mud shopping at a gadget store). I returned to the office on Friday and was handed a box by an embarrassingly jubilant Pastor Brian. He is grinning ear to ear, itching to show me all the many capabilities of my new Palm "Treo" 800 (or some such number) phone. How do I tell him I think the thing is too big? How do I tell him I don't care about surfing the web on my phone? Should I tell him straight up that I like my old fashioned day planner better than using a "stylus" on a mini screen phone calendar doo-hickey? I just couldn't burst his bubble, he looked like a kid on Christmas morning. He sat at the table in my office smiling and pecking away on his new phone. Periodically he would cry out "This is awesome...check this out...I can't believe it can do this". Nathan unfortunately seems to have gotten a bum phone. He test called us and his voice was cracking up all over the place. He'll have to take his back. Poor guy, although I am VERY happy Brian didn't get the bum phone, I can't imagine what kind of depression he would sink to having gotten a taste of techno-paradise then have it yanked away until Monday.
I'm not sure if all the many capabilities of my new phone are a good thing. I can surf the web, check my email, blog, find out where the cheapest gas is, text Nathan and Brian encouraging messages, listen to music, check movie times and showings, sync my "outlook" calendar (which I don't use, again, I have an old-fashioned day planner), and do a host of other geeky, gadgety things. I will say this- it's been fun (and a little disturbing) watching Brian run around the office like Gollum with his precious.
I can even use this bulky thing to call people.