My Apple Life (Thanks Steve Jobs)

I used the Internet for the first time from an Apple computer.  It was 1994 and my AOL screen name was failebg.* (*Steve Jobs didn’t work for Apple at the time, but he did create the company so I’m starting here. And yes there is a story behind failebg that I will blog another day.)

The following year, I saw Toy Story the first week it came out in the theaters. I couldn’t believe an entire movie was made with a computer. The animation astounded me except for the humans.  I was disappointed in how not-human they moved.  I have seen every Pixar move since 1995 in the theater until I had two children and I had to watch Up from home.

I brought a brand new Apple computer to college and would instant message my roommate who was exactly 2 steps behind me and to my left.

In 2000, I bought my first PC, and my life went downhill for the next two years. Seriously.

I began to hear about these “iPods,” but I still had cassette taps in my car in 2003 so I only shrugged. In fact, while my life would get better on Pixar movies and love, it would be 3 more years before I bought an Apple product.  Our first child didn’t sleep so Scott bought me a pink iPod shuffle with the inscription: All Mothers Are Working Mothers.  Without that iPod blasting This American Life podcasts and crappy 90s pop, I would’ve never survived all the walking and rocking my son demanded.

For Christmas 2008, my father wanted to buy everyone iPhone 3s.  I said no because I liked my Sprint Palm Smartphone. It was red and had a color-coded calendar.  But the week before Christmas, the screen cracked.  I shrugged and said: Okay, thank you.  Well, Dad was right (don’t tell him) because the iPhone and I have been BFFs ever since that fateful December.

Who else got chills on the close call on not meeting each other? An aside: I already had multiple photos of me kissing my iPhone to chose from.

My iPhone made my iPod shuffle obsolete, but it paved the way for my first Apple computer in almost a decade. My husband insisted I accept a MacBook for my 31st birthday to bolster my writing career.  And I did.  And I felt completely lost for the first month, and I avoided most applications on it, like iPhoto, for another 6 months.  I may or may not have a hard time with change. But I have written my heart out on that MacBook. I’ve cried on its keyboard and pounded it with my fist.

In 2010, I broke my iPhone 3 (BY ACCIDENT) when the iPhone 4 came out (COINCIDENCE).  If I hadn’t had my favorite means of communication destroyed, I would’ve kept my nose turned up at the new shape and the organizing folders and Facetime.  Okay, I still hate Facetime, but I love my folders for the most part.  I also learned after 2 days of tweeting about my new phone that it was not iPhone 4G like I kept insisting. I think that’s called denial.

What I’m trying to say, the day after Steve Job’s passed away, is that the companies and products that he envisioned, created and presented have been a part of my life for a long time and have changed those experiences for the better.

Thank you, Steve. May you rest in peace in iHeaven.

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Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

10 thoughts to “My Apple Life (Thanks Steve Jobs)”

  1. My life wouldn’t be worth living without my iPod. I use it on a DAILY basis.

    And pssst….don’t tell my husband (who is a die-hard Droid fan) but I’m totally upgrading to an iPhone next opportunity I get. Thank you Verizon for finally drinking the Kool Aid.

  2. Steve Jobs’ life is amazing. What he means to the every day person is even more remarkable. He is the most well-known CEO of any CEO to ever exist and his innovations have contributed, personally, to the private structure of our every day lives. You just demonstrated that perfectly. He represents America at her best. I wrote about that last night, too. What a gift, that life, to all of us.

  3. Exactly why I miss this man.

    He is going to be remembered like Edison, and Henry Ford.

    He was able to finish his autobiography..he knew he had to get his life down in his words, from his recollection, and it will be released OCt 26.

    What a good, kind, determined, human being.

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