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When you put the word “naked” and “Mrs PQ” in a post you generally get my attention. This occurred last week when I read Kari’s latest post. Now of course, I thought this was going to be a bit more salacious and less about throwing Mr PQ under the bus. While I can handle these jabs by my lovely wife, I could not let this post go without some type of reasonable response.
Let’s start with her bedroom differentiation. Not what your thinking. Yes, it is true I do like to listen to an App with white noise as I fall asleep. I find it soothing. She stated that she would prefer to open the window a crack and listen and/or feel the outdoors, free of technology. Yeah…she likes to feel the outdoors alright. Did she mention she cracks the window when it’s 20 BELOW ZERO? I swear I’ve woken up with a layer of hardened frost on my blanket. She’s apparently trying to bring the “outdoors” into the “indoors”…in the middle of winter. I’ll take my App over these living conditions any day.
Regarding my “over” enjoyment of my Pebble watch, I do find my Pebble quite handy and it has some awesome watch faces. What Mrs PQ is failing to mention is her forgetful, no, inability, no just out-and-out refusal to answer her iPhone. Our entire staff and our 4 young quills all know the only way to get ahold of her is by text, as she will rarely answer a call. It’s even gotten to the point where our own children can mimic (in perfect intonation and cadence) her voice mail message. There is one sneaky way to get ahold of her by iPhone though…you time your call when she is driving in the car as she has no clue how to shut off her bluetooth handsfree setup.
I believe this post almost serves as an intervention to Kari, from the kids, husband, and employee’s. We would love if she occasionally answered her iPhone. Especially if, say, I was having a heart attack. I’m having visions of my last dying moments getting to listen to her very familiar voice mail. Although that is not a bad way to go. ;)
With all this said, I truly do appreciate that she is the old-school/Quill part of the Pad & Quill equation. I’m most certainly the more tech side. That means look for the future battle to carefully sneak a rumored iWatch on her wrist. We all figure once she tries it, she will be hooked and we’ll get ahold of her!
In my quest to run a marathon in every state, and dare I dream, one on each continent, I am training for the Fargo Marathon in May. While Fargo is not exactly an exotic locale, it is a flat course, and as marathons go, it’s an easier run. As technology goes, it’s perfect timing for the advent of the iWatch, or so states Mr. PQ.
At this point I offer a study in contrast. When I turn in at night, I open the bedroom window, allowing a fresh breeze and the sounds of nature to permeate the room; perfect sleeping conditions. Just as I’m drifting into a tranquil dream state, Mr. PQ will enter the bedroom, shut the window, turn on a fan and open an iPhone App that simulates nature sounds. Apparently, he needs quiet and white noise to cover the pervasive harmony of our extra-urban neighborhood. Now I grant, the occasional crack of a gunshot around 2 am can be a bit off putting, but how can you prefer a recording of corrugated tin being rattled to the sounds of an actual rainstorm? Or prefer the recycled smell of our son’s sneakers (which always seem to find themselves on the floor by my side of the bed) to the hopeful aroma of a melting winter?
Runners love their watches. Garmin, Polar, Nike and other heart rate monitoring, pace detecting devices have been available for years. Watches are as ubiquitous to runners as are sneakers and flashy nylon shorts. But they are also relatively non invasive. iMore.com and Macrumors.com offer some interesting speculation as to what the iWatch might be capable of doing in conjunction with iPhone 6. Detecting heart attacks, monitoring glucose, chastising me when I don’t run up a hill fast enough. “Drink more, run faster, your glucose is plummeting, slow down… “ make it stop!
Runners have a term for going technology free, we call it running naked. There is nothing so sublime as running naked and barefoot over the fresh dirt paths in spring. Listening to symphony of nature, sensing the physiology of your body, shedding the weight of the day from your shoulders.
Mr. PQ already sports a Pebble, pings redundantly with alerts from one end of the house to the other as his technology keeps him informed, and is eagerly awaiting the pending Keynote announcement. I can mostly guarantee it will be Mr. Pad and not Mrs. Quill who will be presenting our review of this new technology.
Check out our next post where Brian assures me he is preparing his response.
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Writing from the Pad and Quill headquarters, firmly ensconced in the frozen tundra. I’m staring out a window smudged with dog nose prints and a half-hearted attempt by a kid to form gel window clings into the words “let is sn*w” I think the mutt ate the “O” out of pure frustration that winter is trying to kill him when he goes outside.
We did get the dog park today before the latest rendition of Snowmaggedon hits. I personally love winter, primarily because I have a full circus of tricks to make it move faster then it means to move. For instance, on December 22nd we begin our journey back from the outer reaches of space, back towards our sun. Thus, that is the first day of spring. Pitchers and catchers reported for duty this week, therefore winter is officially over, a pox on your house groundhog.
The changes of spring are as imminent as a mustache appearing on the youngest boys lip. At least I think that was a woodpecker I heard this morning and that is the explanation for the dark shadow on the kids lip. It can’t be lack of cleanliness as he has recently discovered daily showers, hair product and dare I say, girrrrlllllsss. Three teens in the house has compelled me to temporarily cease taking my allergy pills in exchange for the sublime bliss of a protractedly stuffed up nose; a pox on your house AXE.
Being about four months into the remodel of Pad and Quill, we are feeling pretty good about our little company. Good like slipping into a pair of jeans that fit just right after spending the day in a stuffy, wool school uniform. Pad and Quill was starting to look and feel like every other kid on the block, and that’s simply not us.
We’ve been listening to our customers as we go to our drafting boards and have some great products flowing through the design process. Like daffodils popping their heads up through the snow, we have some pleasant surprises awaiting our customers, and incredibly, they don’t all revolve around the Apple IOS product line. ☺
But, more on that next week as we post the first installment of Mr. and Mrs. PQ debating the merits of the Pebble and the pending release of the iWatch. Hint: spring marathon training is definitely a time to run barefoot and naked, for the life of me I don’t get why Mr. PQ doesn’t understand that.
Apple has become synonymous with innovation and intuitiveness, giving the world the powerful, yet simple to use, iPhone, the MacBook Air, and different versions of the iPod suited for every personality. But if there was a crystal ball that could predict the next creations that Apple makes, what would it show?