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A letter to 7

The assignment: “Writing 101: To Whom it May Concern. Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What jumps out at you? Start there, and try a twist: write in the form of a letter.” The nearest book was “The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 book for digital photographers” by Scott Kelby. What “jumped out” at me on page 29 was the number 7. Here’s where it led… 

 

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Dear 7,

I’ve been wanting to engage with you for so long, not once or twice, not three times, “not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” And now I see that I don’t have much time left. But I know you’ve got plenty of time and have an endless supply, you’ll be around forever.

Maybe it’s supposed to work out just like it has for the last 58 years and I’ve not been aware of it. Maybe you’ve kept yourself out of reach from me for a reason.

I can’t say for sure when I’ll leave, but I know it’ll probably be sooner than later. You’ve seen millions go before me 7, many of those left without your help, I don’t want to go before getting a little help. I don’t need much and you probably wouldn’t even notice a dent in your supply.

7, my plea to you is heartfelt. I won’t be writing to you again. I know you probably have more important things to tend to besides reading letters from folks like me. But if you can find the time to give me just a little before I have to check out, it will sure make for a wonderful ending.

Thanks,

TC

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Fear of low phone battery

Are you one of those people who’s afraid to be stuck with a dead phone battery? Once you get to your destination, do you immediately search for the nearest receptacle or maybe a charging kiosk if you’re at a mall?

I sometimes think I’m one of those people, even when my phone battery hasn’t dropped below 50% charged. What are we afraid will happen if our phone dies on us? Will I miss an important phone call or text? Will I need to make an important phone call only to find that my phone battery is dead?

It’s not only cell phones, it’s all the other hand-held electronic gadgets we carry around – iPads and other idevices, tablets, phablets, etc., etc. We’re so connected with and to our cell phones and iPads that if we lose power to one or the other, it feels like doomsday!

I remember a time when the only electronic gadget I had was something called a transistor radio. It used a nine-volt battery and you could only listen to AM radio stations. Archaic ain’t it?

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It sounded terrible, but I didn’t notice back then. I think I also had an earphone, made for one ear. Imagine that, listening to music with only one earbud, how did we get through those times?

Some folks say we’d be better off if things were simpler like they were back in the days of transistor radios, hopscotch, and Etch a Sketch. I don’t know if that’d be the case or not. I guess it’s soothing, in a way, to think of simpler times; lazy nights during summer,  lying on my back in the grass gazing up at the stars, imagining what was beyond them.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy technology, the Star Rover app on my iPad takes me to the stars from a sitting position. I still wonder if there’s anything beyond the stars, wondering is timeless. However, it needs recharging every once in a while. But that’s okay, there’s no physical requirement needed to do that.

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