The New iPod

In “iPhone Obituary” (June 2011), I wrote about Nate’s iPod, well, his former iPod, that was a constant companion until he attempted to wash the screen clean. He refers to his iPod Touch as an iPhone, though he’s never received a call on it and he has an actual phone that does ring! None of these facts matter.

Nate replaced his short-circuited old device with a new one and has mostly repopulated it with his favorite apps and recreated documents and photos. His wallpaper is a drawing he’s created of Johnny Test’s legs in diapers, with this catchphrase ringing in the new season’s cartoons: “They smell like diapers and a truckload of those!” It’s funny and a bit creepy.

Nate has about 70 apps, from store apps (Wal-Mart and Target, for example), to cartoons (Simpsons and Spongebob), games (Pac-Man, Tetris) and his most frequented, (More Cookies, More Pizza), where he creates various virtual foods from the appealing to the gross. It was the product of the food apps that loaded his old iPod, literally thousands of cupcakes, pizzas, cakes, that he saved. I haven’t checked one for one, but in his new device he has 4,665 photos saved. My guess is he redid all his lost files.

I was most worried about his notes that disappeared as a result of the big bath. He seems on track with those as well, with 1,698 rewritten. They run the gamut from silly phrases (“Run for your burp…!”) he says to things he’s seen or wants to see (Prospect Heights Central School). While he was waiting for deliveryof his replacement, Nate used my iPhone for a bit. I have a note titled “Flaming football helmets” from June 5. We were at dinner and I mentioned that the giant pizza oven looked like what Nate wrote. He found that very funny and jotted it down.

I like that he has become interested in his own life to the extent that he keeps a log of his thoughts, events and memories. I’m sure it helps reinforce the good times, which is quite admirable.

When Nate’s grandparents bought him his laptop after he graduated high school, Joey, always quick to spot an opening, asked if he could have the iPod that came free with the computer.

“He doesn’t listen to music,” Joey correctly pointed out.

“I know, but it’s his and he’ll find some use for it,” I said, also, it turns out, correctly.

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About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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