Friday Fives – cell phone edition


  1. When did you get your first cell phone?

1997, believe it or not.  It was big.  It was called ‘the Lingo’.  It was a revolutionary device, the first to combine a cell phone and a walkie talkie.  here is a pic, go ahead and laugh away

  1. Do you have any special ring tones, if so what are they?

only one, for the wifey.  When she calls, Guns & Roses ‘You’re Crazy’ plays.  She doesn’t know this, so don’t tell her.  She doesn’t read this, does she?  Not just any version, but the extraordinary acoustic version from Lies.  Listen here.

Go ahead, listen again.  It shows you why Guns and Roses were amazing, and could have been the best of all time.  Axl’s vocal control and range in this performance is stunning.  Slash’s work with an acoustic will melt your face.  You should really buy this disc, it’s phenomenal.  This is the one with ‘Patience’ on it, as well at the super controversial ‘One and a Million’.

Can I tell you about that Patience?  I remember the first time we met.  I was getting a ride to high school in a buddy’s pick up truck.  We all knew G&R from their hits, and ‘Lies’ had just come out.  He plays this song on cassette and tells me it is Guns and Roses.  I wouldn’t believe him until he took the cassette out and proved it to me.  There is so much range and talent in this band that comes through on this disc.  It is just a gross injustice what Axl did to the band.

Hey… weren’t we talking about cell phones?  Let’s stay focused here.

  1. Does your phone have a camera?

of course, and I love it.  It is all I use, camera wise.  For example, last week we were in San Diego for that historic Broncos game.  The wife asked if we should bring our digital camera.  I said “Why?”  It is the same or just barely more megapixels, and then I would have to upload or get developed… I couldn’t share pics in real time with friends, or easily upload to facebook and such.  I love my cell phone camera, and am consistently impressed with how good the photos are considering this is a telephone.

  1. What kind of phone do you have now?

an Iphone.  I finally did it.  I finally said “why have a faster, nicer, bigger, and considerably cheaper phone?  Why get a phone for 99 cents when I can instead pay $600?  I just got it very recently, and it was a long struggle between that and Android.  The final decision came down to iTunes.  For years I have carried my iPod and my cell phone with me everywhere.  We are mac at home, and the wifey has an iPhone… so we are all integrated now.  I am mostly very pleased with the iPhone.   EXCEPT – i want a back button.  Don’t give me that apologist bullshit about how in most apps there is a soft back button on the screen.  No, I want a back button hard wired into the phone that does nothing else.  Also, my last phone had a search button on the phone… as hardware.  Loved that, too.

  1. What carrier do you use?

Sprint.  They are the best.  Best prices, best network, best customer service, and best employees (like me)