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Monday, November 12, 2007

Dating Hot Girl

I have recently realized that I'm kind of scared to use the new ipod Nano. Even though I have had it for a few weeks, I have only run with it once. But my new ipod and I are not off to a great start. For one thing, my old arm band (that set me back thirty bucks) is not shaped for the new, 3rd generation ipods. There is an arm band that I could buy, but I'm not excited to shell out another $30 and I'm not convinced that it is a very good arm band.

My experiences with my ipod Nano's over the last year have made me think. I believe that the emotions that I have experienced in my relationship with the ipod Nanos is analogous to dating the hot girl. The hot girl (like the ipod Nano and the Nike+ running system) is very sexy. She makes you think, "Dude, I want that." And when you date the hot girl everyone thinks you're cool and assumes you've got the goods. So, heck, you naturally think you are cool as well because, after all, 100% of the people can't be wrong! Hence a boost to the self-esteem.

But there are certain disadvantages to dating the hot girl, and these disadvantages also mirror my experience with the ipod Nano. The hot girl may be sexy but she usually isn't reliable. She can get what she wants and always monopolizes the attention of other guys. As such, you are never quite sure where you stand with her. Is she going to jump ship and date a better guy with a better car or more money or better looks? Similarly, the ipod is sexy, but it just hasn't been there for me: Is it going to work on this run? Reliability is a problem.

Another problem is high maintenance. Hot girls are usually very demanding, each in their own way. Because you know she can go out and get a better guy at any time she chooses, it is imperative to cater to her whims. Similarly, the ipod requires maintenance. It is important to keep it in prime condition or it may just conk out on you at anytime.

Such has been my experiences in dating the hot girl and in owning an ipod Nano.

15 comments:

Emily said...

Nice.

samlcarr said...

That's two strikes!

Sara said...

Maybe you should try dating girls with more substance and check out the Zen by Creative (MP3). I have the Zen and haven't had any problems. Although I don't know that Creative has all the special features you are wanting for running. As for girls...I'm not sure what special features you are looking for either :)

Melody said...

lol - nice post. Love the comparison.

Jonathan Erdman said...

I bought the ipod specifically so that I could get the "hot girl" features, specifically, to be able to be able to hook up the Nike+ system, which monitors the pace and distance of each run and gives this feedback while I am running. I then have each run (pace/distance) recorded in the ipod and I can upload it on to Nike's website so that my runs can be tracked.

If you scroll down to the lower part of my blog you will see (on the left hand side) some of my times that were recorded by Nike+.

Jonathan Erdman said...

Sam,

Two strikes? It takes three strikes to be "out," though, doesn't it?!!?

samlcarr said...

Well, plenty of time - you could go for it and still hit the big one.

Though I must say, whoever it was that you were making the comparison with probably just isn't into reading blogs too much (at least yours).

I was sorta looking forward to seeing some real fireworks on the lines of 2 Ja 2:2, "hell hath no fury..."

Emily said...

I don't know if I should offer my sympathy for you in your quest to make it work with your technology... or if I should say to dump it and just be content without it.

:)

Dish said...

Aw is that true? So, i guess I'll better stick to my ipod shuffle. Nice comparison though, I enjoy reading it. ;)

ktismatics said...

Think of the arm band in terms of the price of a nice dinner for two at a moderately-priced restaurant. You've already shelled out the big bucks to get this far, and you know you want the hotness. Why stop now when what you seek is almost in your grasp? Cheap? Fear of another disappointment? Fear of becoming dependent?

Jonathan Erdman said...

Fair point, Ktismatics. What has stopped me thus far is holding out for a better (even hotter?) armband to get maximum functionality (hotness?). Also, I kind of jammed the new ipod in to the old armband and that seems to be working thus far. Lastly and most importantly, I really hate giving Nike and/or Apple my thirty bucks in exchange for a product that they bought for twenty-five cents from some Chinese sweat shop where a bunch of little Chinese kids worked 12 hour days to produce.

samlcarr said...

I seem to recall that iPods themselves are "Made in PRC", not just the armbands. In fact almost everything is made in a 3rd world sweatshop these days. Guess you're gonna have to get real minimal as far as buying goes.

Melody said...

I don't know Sam, Jon doesn't seem to have a problem with the sweatshop aspect as much as being overcharged.

Maybe if the armband only cost a dollar it would be ok with him.

Jonathan Erdman said...

All good observations.

It seems as though I am truly just trying to save money, but then trying to convince myself that I am doing something more than just making a consumeristic decision - I want to convince myself and others that I am fighting a higher cause and doing what is best for the Chinese children.....hhhhhmmmmmm.....is that sounding a lot like most other American Consumers???

Melody said...

...is that sounding a lot like most other American Consumers???

Well, in that it's a feel good fix for a much more complicated situation, yeah.

I want to convince myself and others that I am fighting a higher cause and doing what is best for the Chinese children.....

I just think it's interesting that we think that cutting off their source of income is in the best of the Chinese children (or anyone, really).

Their jobs might be bad, but they have them because it's better than nothing. If there were a more appearling alternative - they'd be doing it.

And when the money stops coming in, who is going to hurt most? The CEO of the company that makes $29.75 on an armband or the kids who go paid ten cents for a week's worth of work?

It isn't as simple as not buying from the bad companies. There have to be good companies to take their place - otherwise all you're doing is giving the kids the freedom to steal, starve, join a gang, become trapped in a whorehouse...

All enchanting options, but not quite what the American consumer envisions when he or she boycotts products for being stamped, "Made in China"