Paul L. Caron

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Downside of an iPhone

Jayne Volleyball Fruit (090309) One of the things I love about my iPhone is the ability to multitask my way through the day.  I pound out email whenever and wherever I can -- waiting in line at the grocery store, before and during breaks in my kids' games, while watching Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert before I go to bed, etc.  I especially like digging through email on my way to and from the parking garage at work.  Today, I discovered the downside of that strategy.  My daughter has her first volleyball game of the season, and we volunteered to provide the pregame meal.  So this morning I put in the trunk of my car a cooler of drinks and a huge fruit salad that my wife made last night, and planned to bring them to the high school later this afternoon after stopping off at Potbelly to get 20 sandwiches for the girls.  It was a brilliant strategy -- to save time in not having to go home before the game, I would put the fruit salad in the faculty refrigerator at the law school.  Of course, I had to check email when walking from my car to the law school while carrying my laptop and the fruit salad ...  So does a good father/husband (1) tell the team, "Sorry, I dropped the fruit salad"; (2) tell the team, "Sorry, Mrs. Caron forgot to make the fruit salad"; or (3) leave an hour early and buy outrageously overpriced pre-cut fruit at Kroger's?

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(but apparently, it's actually called Kroger)

I'm guilty too!

Posted by: Pres | Sep 4, 2009 5:02:08 PM

You did your part to stimulate the economy today.

Posted by: hah | Sep 4, 2009 11:14:57 AM

Good thing you had the iPhone so you could take a pic of disaster and at least get a blog post out of it. I call it net positive - blogs posts are harder to make than fruit salads.

Posted by: John Mayer | Sep 4, 2009 8:01:28 AM

Buy the fruit. You won't survive either of the other alternatives.

Posted by: New Diarist | Sep 3, 2009 12:36:57 PM

Forget the replacement fruit; the volleyball crew would honestly probably rather have french fries anyway. But I recommend flowers and wine as you apologize profusely to the fruit salad maker....

Posted by: lww | Sep 3, 2009 12:20:59 PM

(2) is NOT a good idea!!!!

Posted by: Courtney Bryan-Caron | Sep 3, 2009 11:52:17 AM

Otter pops.

Posted by: Andrew | Sep 3, 2009 10:10:23 AM

This will provide you no help, but I hadn't realized Potbelly's had expanded to Cincinnati. I was a regular of theirs at their second store in Chicago when they started telling us that they were opening stores in DC, and we should tell our friends. I had no idea they had expanded beyond Chicago and DC, but it looks like they're all over the place now.

(I moved to New York in 2005, and changed jobs in Chicago shortly after their initial expansion plans.)

Posted by: dWj | Sep 3, 2009 9:41:13 AM

(4) pick up the fruit salad and put it back in the bowl. A little dirt never hurt anyone.

Posted by: 123 | Sep 3, 2009 9:11:45 AM

Buy the outrageously overpriced pre-cut fruit at Kroger's -- trust me.

Posted by: T.J. | Sep 3, 2009 8:31:29 AM