Well, I've become more a member of the 21st century. My wife bought me my very first iPod for Christmas (she's on her third one). What was nice was that she uploaded many of my favorite songs on it so it was ready to go.
Actually, it wasn't a surprise present. I asked for one ever since the Burbank YMCA upgraded their cardiovascular exercise equipment over the summer. No longer were there containers on the machines to place a portable CD player. Every machine was wired for iPods. I began to feel like a dinosaur as I hand held my CD player while jogging on the treadmill.
Now, I proudly walk into the Y brandishing my shiny iPod Classic. And I have to admit it, it is a wonderful invention.
The only thing is that I haven't been able to find the job to create my own playlists, and add even more songs.
That's the problem with technology. We think the devices save us time, but actually they use up much of it.
Brian Crosby is a teacher in the Glendale Unified School District and the author of Smart Kids, Bad Schools and The $100,000 Teacher. He can be reached at brian-crosby.com.