Monthly Archives: September 2014
The Superior Hiking Trail is about 300 miles of glorious north woods trail, which meanders from hamlet to hamlet, campsite to campsite. The College Quill and I have plans to complete a thru hike next summer. (For the uninitiated and Mr. PQ a thru hike traverses the entire trail in one outing). Due to my rigorous effort alongside 18 of my new best friends, we will need to hike 2 extra miles next summer. I spent the glorious bulk of last Saturday wielding a McCleod spade and exposing 2 foot wide stretches of path. As we labored, a fellow trailblazer and I conversed about various hikes and the ideal gear for locations and seasons. Humorously, we had both experienced hikes we approached looking for the world like REI models, only to encounter a pair of tourists clad only in pedal pushers and sneakers. My first summit of a 14’er taught me that a Sherpa is redundant when there is a conga line of girl scouts and grandmas making their way to the peak. By contrast, we had also ventured into the wild and encountered folks who had no business being there and ultimately were trekked out by wilderness emergency personnel.
If you are an iPhone 6 or Apple fan of any stripe, you know where this is going. Apple has released a new iPhone that reduces our need for a wallet. Apple Pay’s tap, pick and tick renders the need to carry a plethora of credit cards obsolete. With Touch ID, iPhone 6 assures the merchant that you are who you say you are. Minimalists of the world rejoice! Consumers weary from a biweekly replacement of debit cards because yet another merchant you frequent has been hacked will join me in a little Apple happy dance. (I love you Eddie Cue!)
All I need to carry now is my license for the benefit of the TSA, liquor store clerks, night club bouncers (who seem to mistake me for a 19 year old, seriously? Did you not see the gray in Mr. PQs beard? Do I
Mr. PQ begins the slide down the backside of 40 this week and he has the dubious distinction of sharing a birthday with either Labor Day (yea, party) or the first day of school (birthday, what birthday?) This year he has a few days of buffer between the first day of school and the Great Unveiling of ’14. In case you missed the announcement announcing the announcement of the official announcement, Apple is releasing a new something they won’t say. It’s an iPhone.
So, in addition to thinking about school supplies and Tandoori Chicken (birthday dinner; why do I insist on making things I have no business replicating?) I am awash in iPhone 6 anticipation. Will it organize my wardrobe? I was told baggy sweats are not appropriate attire for our weekly staff meeting. (Even when said staff meeting is held on a surprisingly cold and rainy day and I foolishly wore uniform shorts to meet my morning training clients, and baggy sweats were the only warm thing I had in my car and it’s cold in our warehouse.). Will it tell me if I drank enough water? Will iPhone 6 know I drank 4 cups of coffee to offset the all-nighter I pulled, meticulously labeling school supplies, packing vegan-organic-bpa free-gluten free-nut free-taste free meals for the Quills? (Ok, I admit, I got sucked into season 3 of Breaking Bad and they had Cheetos and pbj for lunch). But we come from a simpler time when school supplies were limited to 4 Pee Chee All Sport Portfolios (quick: name the 3 sports depicted on the back cover? (No googling allowed) Three #2 pencils and a handful of spiral notebooks that even space age technology couldn’t prevent from unraveling. Today, the supply list includes a stylus, an iCloud account and a Pad & Quill iPad case (we recommend the Contega self-propping case or if you have a kid with an artistic bent, the Graduate Edition for iPad which includes a marvelously blank canvas for