Saturday, 19 February 2011

Why did I do it?

This post is going to involve a fair bit of back story, so please bear with me.

The real beginnings of this story go back to the mists of time, otherwise known as the year 2000. Through my involvement with the Australian Air Force Cadets (known as the Air Training Corps at the time), I happened to meet a boy that I quite liked. For a number of reasons, nothing happened of it, namely that he had a girlfriend at the time and I was still getting over my first boyfriend who broke my heart by dumping me on ICQ (sort of like MSN messenger or a text-based version of Skype), instead of having the balls to come dump me in person or at least by picking up the phone. Also, the fact that he lived in Sydney and I was living near Canberra at the time was somewhat of a consideration, given that we were both 16 at the time.

We did however, keep in occasional contact on ICQ as all the cool kids did back then. A few months later he told me that he'd broken up with his girlfriend a while ago and was rather interested in me. As my interest was very much reciprocated, we decided that we would be pursuing a long distance relationship. To facilitate this, I decided that I needed a mobile phone. As this was a few years before pre-paid phones took off, I had to convince my mum put her name on the contract. With that organised, we trundled off to Optus where I got my very first mobile phone. Optus was the carrier that all the teenage kids were using because they had a 20 minute free call period. The done thing was to ring someone for 19 minutes, hand up and ring back again for another 19 minutes. You could talk for hours this way without racking up a big phone bill.

The relationship didn't last for more than a few months, but getting my first mobile phone lead to a 10 year "love affair" with the same brand of phones. That is until about 2 years ago when I got my last phone of that particular brand. I started to feel that I needed to try something different. I had been thinking of getting an iPhone, but my stepfather talked me out of it and suggested getting a Samsung Galaxy S instead. I acquired one just before Christmas and fell in love with it instantly.

With the back story out of the way, we get to the reason for this post. I've been playing around with my new phone and downloading all sorts of apps and widgets to try. Prior to this point, Seagull was not in the least bit interested in my new phone. Until that fateful day where I downloaded a live aquarium wallpaper. Forgetting in one of my mother moments that Seagull is attracted to shiny things, I casually said "Hey!, look at the fishies on Mummy's phone!" Well, he thought the fishies were pretty cool, as I expected.

What I wasn't expecting, which in hindsight I really should have, was his complete fascination with the fishies. Now, every time he sees my phone he starts wailing "Fishies!" at the top of his voice. I don't mind him looking at the fish as such, but he tends to touch things on the screen. So far he has managed to call the cattery we have boarded the cats at in the past, his podiatrist and his Granny. Also, every time my phone rings he starts going on about the bloody fishies as I'm trying to answer it, which results in much noise and tears on his part and apologies for the noise to the person I'm trying to talk to on my part.

Why did I do it?


Christobelle said...

Now you just need to hope he doesn't think the fishies look as though they need fresh water....

Sidetracked said...

LOL, I don't think it would occur to young Seagull. He does seem to have a fixation with the toilet of late, but he's more interested in throwing miles of loo paper in than anything else. I think my phone is safe for now. :)

Samone said...

Well the obvious solution is to now get an iPhone and give Seagull the Galaxy!

Sidetracked said...

LOL, that's funny Samone. Ah, no. :)

Look, Apple are very good at what they do. Yes, their products are on the pricey side, but as far as hardware goes, it's worth every cent. My issue is that they are very restrictive with the software applications they support. Whilst they are a smaller market player, it's not so much of an issue as the people who are attracted to their products are usually after the uniqueness that Apple provides. However, as they are increasingly moving into the mainstream market with devices such as iPhones and iPads, I think that the restrictions are going to be more of a hindrance.

Samone said...

I'm finding they are expanding rather than restricting to be honest. I near conduct all my uni off my iPad these days. And every day find something new to use it for.

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It's funny as hell and full of those Mummy Moments