August 16, 2012

"why would you do that" or "i'm just a bit clumsy"

i've never been the most graceful; hell, i'm usually the one falling flat on my ass, except for that one time at level 5; that was all leigh. one time at uncw, i was sitting in the union living room waiting for some friends. this girl came out of the greek offices on the 2nd floor and began making her decent down the stairs. she noticed all of us sitting, passing by, what have you, and attempted to make the most graceful walk down the stairs, but toe of her rainbows ended up folding under her foot on the step and she went ass-over-tea-kettle down to the landing. i had to book it outta there before she saw/heard me snort back a giggle. i feel that i can laugh b/c it'd happened to me on many occasions.

last week, i twisted the ankle a bit trying to walk down 6 steps while talking to the person behind me. during the nba playoffs, i was so livid that the ref missed that obvious foul by battier that i gestured a bit too largely for the treadmill i was running on. gotta love the side rails, or i'd have been thrown off for sure. all my clumsiness only makes me notice the potential clumsiness of others, specifically when it comes to handling an iphone.

i have always had the hard case for my phones - palm and i - but today i'm sporting a rubber case b/c it seems to be doing the trick and i broke the hardcase: clumsy me. i've dropped my phone in all sorts of places: off the table, under the car, off the bed into the dresser (it bounced!), missed the opening on my purse; i even dropped it in a latte. that was smooth. when i see anyone without a phone case, my first reacting is "omg, why would you do that?" it actually scares me so that i have mini panic attacks on behalf of other people. i had one last night while running (my best 3 miles, btw). here are a few of my vicarious panic attack moments:

anyone who hasn't got an iphone in a case, period.

anyone running and holding the iphone in their hand. seriously, get an arm band or something.

anyone running with an iphone tucked into the front of their running tights (8.15.12). you do realize your legs are making an up and down motion and your thigh is slowly inching that thing closer to the top of the waist band? your ear buds are not going to save it. i know.

anyone letting their sticky child get within 6 inches of the screen. this is my dad, letting my cousin and his 2 tootsie pops get a tad too close to mine.

the teddy bear in ted. good lord. he's taking a bath ... talking on the iphone ... with no case. i actually had a vocal reaction to this image, slightly embarrassing because i was screening this at work with most of our department. it was horrific for me, b/c it's like 6 inches from water. he's an absorbent bear, so you know his paws are soaked by now. so much could go wrong.

these moments scare me because i know, if it were me, the worst case would happen. it has happened. my phone is my lifeline. it connects to my family, friends, work, the outside world. i get my mail, news, sports updates from this small wonder. yes, i know the phone is backed up, but do you have any idea how long it takes to load everything on to the replacement phone? i do: an hour, but it feels longer. then it takes even longer if all the photos don't load properly (small heart attack when that happens). so please people, for my sake, stop playing it so fast and loose with the phones. my heart can't take it.

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