Feb 7, 2007

My iPod Panic Attack

Today I nearly lost my mind trying to figure out how I was going to replace my iPod. I left my dentist, headed to the pharmacy, dropped by a cafe while I waited for my prescription. When I was ready to climb back onto my bike for the trek home, I realized that my 3.5 year old iPod was missing.
I ran back to the pharmacy drop off window: No iPod. I shuffled everything in my bag (rainboots, rain pants, datebook, consumption article): No iPod. Called my dentist: No iPod, but the headphones were apparently in my ears when I left. Shuffled everything in my bag, took it all out, turned out my pockets: No iPod. Started thinking about Craigslist, bad batteries, and the number of GB I'd want in my new (used) iPod. Rode my bike to the cafe: No iPod. Started to doubt the quality of Craigslist iPods. Fretted over needing to buy a new one. Rode back to the pharmacy, got in the line at the pick up window to inquire as to my iPod. Shuffled through the bag again... reached into my rainboots... Alas, there's my iPod!
Yay, I still have my (relatively) ancient iPod! As always, it was lost on my person. Clearly I am far from the simple mind (lol Supriyo) and still rife w/ materialism. Right now I don't care b/c I still have 10GB of music to haul around w/ me.

10 comments:

noneil27 said...

My husband bought me an iPod before we made the decision to Compact and I would have behaved the same way you did if I feared it was lost. I guess that's a testament to the need for distraction in all of us. I'm just glad you found it.

Kansas Simplicity said...

I have done the same type of thing and loosing my iPOD as my my main source of entertainment would be equal to loosing my wallet! Glad you found it and I miss my older iPOD. I received a new one two years for xmas and was happy yet liked the older model too.

Lauri said...

Apple sells refurbished iPod's on their site.

crallspace said...

Were you the same guy who was on NPR's Day to Day? Either way, keep up the good work!

Erika said...

I react the same way just by "misplacing" the connecting cable!

Anonymous said...

Gee, I still don't have an ipod or mp3 (guess that reveals my age), nor plan to get one. Glad you found yours.

Basil Bizarro said...

Congrats on finding your 'pod. I hate moments of panic like that - when you're stripping down like this site has inspired me to do, your valuable possessions become even more valuable. Keep on rockin' on!

jen said...

you own your stuff, do not let your stuff own you! shame on you for getting so upset over a piece of plastic! ;)

giles slade said...

Giles Slade: Feb 25th,
I love this comment and series of comments because it describes precisely how Apple has you hooked. Michael Bull (no, it's a real name!) has written describing how we use personal stereos to make a space for us while moving through our workdays and also through the liminal spaces in the city. The iPod intensifies this with its unique intra-aural earbud which successfully isolates its user from almost everything else. A kind of addictive dependency results and this is why apple can charge so much for these things, and this is why we 'repetitively consume' them despite the fact they are actually disposable, built only to last slightly more than a year...But we're on a anti-consumption blog here right? I originally read the sentence "it was lost on my person" as "I had lost my person" which I think is what is really going on... (I notice another comment scolded you for letting your stuff own you. I don't scold, but I would like to encourage you to look at this possibility...) Why are we so dependent on these devices? Can I ask you and anyone reading this who is interested to check out my article in the Practical Values section of Mother Jones March-April issue next week. It's called iWaste (on page 76). If you hate it you can always tell me at gilesslade@hotmail.com. Thanks!

james said...

i also find it interesting the reaction you had--though, ipods are pretty expensive (even if you've had a few years of use on it!), so i can sympthaize with the reaction.

what i also thought to myself was, "doesn't you buying a used ipod just mean someone else is buying a new one?" (to quote you elsewhere) thus "exciting the restock" of more ipods?

not that i can avoid buying stuff from time to time but how does one 'handle' that contradiction?