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I've seen this Samsung Galaxy Gear commercial so much that I'm starting to see it in my dreams.
Last night, I dreamt that I got the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the new "smart" watch that connects to a Samsung phone. But in my dream it didn't look like a throwback to Inspector Gadget's calculator style watch… no mine was a cool G-Shock watch in black (hint, hint to any Mike The Web Guy Family members who might be wondering what to get me this year). In my dream I was opening my Christmas gift, surprised that I was the new owner of a COOL G-Shock Black watch when a voice said, "it's also a cell phone." At that point my current Timex Ironman alarm went off at 6:30AM to get me up for the gym.
While brushing my teeth, I was thinking, "how cool would it be to have a cell phone watch? Could you text with it?" I guess I wouldn't need all of the apps or extras that come with a smartphone when I also have an iPad mini. I could do all of my "important" computing on my tablet. Or if it was work related, fire up my Mac. Yeah, the simplicity of going back to making and receiving JUST phone calls appealed to me until I came into work and did a little research on the Samsung Galaxy Gear. A couple drawbacks: the price (it costs $300) and it ONLY WORKS with Samsung smartphones (which I would also have to buy). And unlike my Ironman or possible future G-Shock wristwatch, it's not waterproof, shock proof, and has to be charged every day.
I think I can wait a few years.
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Today is Veteran's Day. My kids asked me if I had the day off, like schools do today, to which I said, "No." My son asked me, "is that because you aren't a soldier, Dad?" I just smiled and said, "Yes."
I was thinking about my veterans' this morning, as I do every Veterans and Memorial Day, during my drive into work. One thought that stuck with me while staring at the red brake lights on the Twin Bridges this morning was the image of American Flags that lined the middle of the street where my Grandparents lived in San Diego. Twice a year the town would put those flags out. When I was about my sons age, I asked my father about them and he told me they were to remember the brave soldiers who fought for our country.
I guess when we are younger, we think of veterans being older men. I remember the watching the WWII vets wave from their float as they passed the crowd during the Veterans Day parade in my hometown of Yuma, Arizona. The smiles on their faces. Their hats read: "WWII", "KOREA", and "VIETNAM." Through history class, we learn of the wars and conflicts our Country has fought in over the years and the men and women who served to protect our freedom.
In high school maybe you had a friend or two that enlisted. The idea of vet starts to change from that old man wearing a hat in the parade to a classmate or friend. I know it seemed very surreal for me when my sister joined the Army, served in Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan, and came home with pictures and stories of her time in combat.
For those of us who have led a civilian life, we may feel uncomfortable today, not sure what to say to veteran. I used to struggle with the right words. I found five that are genuine and when you say them with a handshake, I guarantee you'll get a smile back.
To all those who have served, their to their families and loved ones, thank you for your service.
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