My friend Nathan got this text from someone thinking they were reaching out to Irene about purchasing a Nissan.
He asked me to text back and see how far I could take it.
We can all agree that since the first cell phones were introduced almost 15 years ago, life has been, well... fantastic. We have virtually unlimited access to a world of information, music, navigation and entertainment. Awesome right? Well not so fast.
1. The lost art of just not knowing anything.
Okay, here's a question for you. What is the Capital of Australia? Without Googling it. Clearly it's Melbourne, right? No way, it's Sydney. Well ya know what, unless you either had a globe, an Atlas or Encyclopedia Britannica lying around, you would never really know that the answer is actually Canberra. You thought you knew, sure, but you never really knew. The great debates around Christmas and Thanksgiving about whether Burt Reynolds was ever married to Loni Anderson (he was). The problem is, Uncle Tony calls bullshit on that, and thinks Uncle Bob is full of crap. Uncle Bob takes offense and calls out Tony for being a horrible Father. This would go on for years, the same stupid argument, until one day, Bob pulls out his phone and Googles "Is Loni Anderson married to Burt Reynolds" and suddenly his argument is immediately invalid. I remember I thought for about 10 years that the Hartford Whalers were a football team. How the hell was I supposed to know that they were a Hockey team? It wasn't like I watched the news. Sure I heard of the team in passing but I legit spent 10 blissful, oblivious years thinking they played football every Sunday. Nowadays if I even had an inkling of suspicion they may not be, i'd type "Hartford Whalers" and be able to see the entire history of the goddamn franchise.
Shawn McGovern grew up on a farm 15 miles from Toledo OH. His life long dream is to one day visit that magical city and tell all of his friends about it.