I’m not tech savvy. I’m no tech geek. But I do like me some technology. What guy out there doesn’t like gismos and gadgets? Very few. I am, however, very conscientious with my money. I hardly ever buy the latest gadget. I just ogle at them on the pages of ad magazines or on commercials, and when I go to a store with a tech department. I’ll touch them. I’ll talk to them. And I’ll create fantasies of me wielding the latest piece of technology awing everyone around me. But then I wake up and go home to my VCR, DVD, big-old-bulky TV, and my newly acquired Sega Genesis. (Yes, I live in Outmodeville). Recently, however, I heard an interview on N.P.R. about a new phone called Blackphone. Boy, was I watering at the mouth.
The phone was developed by Mike Janke, an ex-Navy Seal. The whole focus of the phone is privacy. It doesn’t let apps like Google or Facebook and others mine your data. It is “Android-based”. Sounds pretty awesome. It’s cost? $629.00! Yikes. The first thing that comes to mind is: no way am I buying that. I’m stuck with the rest of these suckers being mined for our data. But then I thought that maybe I could start a project aimed at saving for this phone. It’s supposed to come out this summer, but I could wait ’till the first half of next year.
In the meantime, $629/12 months = $52.00. I drink a lot of fluids in aluminum cans (only a few of those being beer **wink**) That amounts to roughly $5 a month in recycled cans. Ha-ha. Funny, I know. However, I do spend on movies every month. Eating a good meal before going to a movie cuts down the price of buying popcorn. Just sneak in some candy in your pocket. It’s cool. That saves about another $16/month. Forgoing the movie purchases and rentals adds another $18/month. And, of course, dining out is also bound to get snipped. That’s an additional $15/month (I’m not giving up the good dining-out experiences!).
That all adds up to $54/month. Put that money some place where it don’t rain or shine and forget about it. By March 2015 I’ll give you a ring from my Blackphone and you won’t even know it was me. That’s how top level, military-grade this tech is, baby.