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Sunday Ramblings: People Not Reading, My iPhone, GPS

Greetings, just back in town from lovely Zeeland Michigan, hosts for the Division 2 State Track and Field Finals.  They did a great job hosting the event, as did all of our athletes from O.A. Carlson High School.

I have a few random things to write about this fine Sunday morning in Brownstown Township.

First, Zeeland Schools does a wonderful job hosting the State Track and Field Finals.  Everything is so well organized.  The stadium is quite crowded, but there is plenty of space to watch the events of the day.  The school places signs along the railing in-front of the bleachers informing spectators "not to stand along the railing."  The signs are placed about every ten feet.  There are even county sheriff deputies informing people not to stand along the railing.  However, people still stand along the railing!!  Blocking the view of many fans.  There is room to sit watch from other areas.   The P.A. announcer has to repeat over and over not to stand.  Do people read the signs and just ignore them?  It drives me crazy (much like the person with 30 items in the 15 item or less line at Kroger).  I am not sure what it is, people just do not care, or do not take the time to read and know what is expected.

Tomorrow Apple is expected to introduce the newest version of their iPhone.  I currently own the iPhone 3g (not the most current model).  I must say it is an amazing piece of technology.  It is on me everyday, everywhere I go.  I realize there are some Apple haters out there, and that is fine, but I have zero complaints with this phone.  My contract is up, and I hope to pick up the new version sometime this summer.  My current iPhone is going on two years old, and the battery just does not hold a charge like it used to. That is my only complaint right now.  I actually like the AT&T service (there is a tower very close-by to both my home and work) that is where I use this phone the most.  If and when I do pick up this new device I will be sure to write a column.

To wrap up, one of the greatest advancements in the past five to ten years for me is the GPS navigation systems that are now available to consumers.  I remember when I would first drive to the State Track and Field meets and print up directions online.  Having a pile of papers in the center counsel trying to make my way to Grand Rapids.  Now many cars have built in GPS systems, and if not individuals have their own "Garmins" that they can move from car to car, road travel is so much easier.  If you do not have one of these devices you need to get one.  They make road trips so much easier.  Even simple things like attending the wedding or graduation party of a friend in a part of town you are not familiar with is so simple.  They are quite reasonable in price (unlike the models built into cars).  If you travel via auto quite a bit, this is definitely a gadget you want to pick up today!

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