I got an iShuffle for my birthday. It's my first Mac--I mean the first Apple product I came to own. This is a big deal for me. I'm the least musical person I know. I can totally live without music. I own 10 CDs, and half of them have been given to me.
I've tried a Walkman -- both for tapes and CDs -- long before, thinking that I cannot be that non-musical. This society pressures people like me into thinking that. People say, "no music, no life." All these ads featuring cool gadgets for music lovers are as damaging to the self-image of non-music lovers as waif-thin super model depicted as the ultimate beauty to the self-esteem of chubby teenage girls. Make us think there's something wrong with us.
There are six or seven computers in our house. Two of them (a Dell desktop for serious work and a lightweight Sharp laptop for traveling) are mine. The rest - all of them Macs -- belongs to my husband. I'd long wondered why he hangs on to the computers that no longer work properly - until I read about "the jealous Mac" phenomenon in the February 14 issue of Aera magazine.
Finally. My husband, a.k.a. the only human being over 12 in Tokyo without a cell phone, came to his senses. He's shopping for a keitai. He always claimed that despite his profession (a journalist) which one would think requires being well-connected in many different ways, he never needed one. There are such things as pay phones -- and he can always check massages on his answering service from outside.
A nice warm day, and no deadline creeping up on me. So I set out to rearrange my closet, and reluctantly counted white short-sleeved T shirts in it. I have 26 of them. My life, for the last three years, has been a journey in search of the perfect white short-sleeved shirt. I have a Uniqlo shirt for which I paid Yen 500. A great value, but still. I have a few from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, DKNY, Miyake, and a bunch of others. I tried several three dots shirts, which are supposed to be the best shirts ever, and each of them cost me over Yen 6,000. They are well-constructed, but after a few washes they get kind of droopy.