Got my Apple Watch

I  might have to get back into the gym if I'm gonna wear this thing. Also, I'm gonna need pants with bigger pockets.

I might have to get back into the gym if I’m gonna wear this thing. Also, I’m gonna need pants with bigger pockets.

It’s bigger than I expected, but what the hell, first-gen product, right? Herself says she picked it up for a song. And it’s the easy-to-read Senior Citizen Edition, too.

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27 Responses to “Got my Apple Watch”

  1. Steve O Says:

    Read that folks stayed up until 0300 EST so they could order something that ships in June. Makes sense to me.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Yet more stuff to buy that we don’t need.

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Several of the reviews I’ve read argue that having a computer on our wrists means our public behavior will be less socially assholish because instead of staring at our phones all the time, we’ll be staring at our wrists.

    Hm. Not sure I buy that one. Seems to me that back in the day, before computers, someone who was constantly consulting his/her watch in your presence was hinting none too subtly, “I don’t have time for you.”

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      My “Apple watch” is a 1930 (simple and not collectable) Buren pocket watch. Pulling it out and winding it drives those gloomy Gus folks away.

    • Steve O Says:

      I think I’m on the watch starer’s side on this one. As the dad of two special needs girls, I’ve got meds and appointments pretty much around the clock. And if I’m supposed to worry about offending someone who has no business worrying about what my next appointment is, and who thinks his face time with me trumps my girls, then we have problems. Not sure how I would have felt about this five years ago. But there is an objective, measurable argument to be made that it’s equally as rude to assume that one person’s physical proximity trumps everything else in the watch-checker’s life. Two way street, pot/kettle action, at least.

      The stuff we hairless apes have to worry about, yeah?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Never been much of a watch person. I favored pocket watches as a high-school stoner, when my pals and I dressed like mobsters from the Bogart-Cagney-Robinson flicks, I recall a period when I was enamored of a brand — Seiko? — but once I got back into athletics it’s been one cheapo Timex Ironman after another.

        I swagged an Avocet Vertech Altimeter watch early in my freelancing career because I considered vertical gain a critical part of my training regimen, and I wouldn’t mind having another altimeter to collect data for bike-review purposes, but they’re pricey and way down on my list of priorities (see Steve O, “too expensive for me.”).

        Also, as Steve O notes, societal norms are changing, and it’s less and less likely today that physical proximity determines who gets your attention.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    PS: If I may ask, is your house built from real “honest to god” adobe bricks? Spent a week of voluteer work for the Forest Service last year repairing an adobe chimney on the 110 year old Brown Canyon ranch house. Adobe is fascinating stuff.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Y’know, Pat, I never asked, but simply assumed that the brick portions are actual adobes. No one brick is quite like another, and in a couple of spots the white plaster overlay has cracked to reveal brownish brick beneath.

      The entire east-southeast interior wall is “adobe,” if adobe it truly is. As is one wall of my office, the entryway, and some other interior walls, along with some decorative bits.

      Other walls are what look to my uneducated eye to be lath-and-plaster, with some drywall elsewhere (the house was built around 1970, as we understand it). Wood ceilings, brick floors … it’s really pretty damn cool.

      Bits need work, but bits always need work. That van down by the river looks mighty fine some days.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        The mix we used for the chimney mud (mortar) was adobe mixed with 10% portland cement. The Forest Service historical preservation rules allow this mix to improve strength and water resistance. The bricks, made in Tucson, were also adobe mixed with 10% portland cement. The only thing the Forest Service archeologist and preservation guy told us was if it gets wet and stays wet for a long time it begins to “slump” which is slowing eroding from the outside in with pieces falling off.
        Pretty damn cool is what I would say too based on your photos! Good enoough to delay the van bit for a long time. Now a houseboat on a river, quien sabe?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I should delve into the history of this place a little. I’d love to know what it looked like when originally built. The house next door was the model home for this cul-de-sac of ours, if I recall correctly. Nice young couple with a kidlet living there … they’re cyclists, too, so you can tell they’re beautiful and intelligent people.

        That “slumping” — that’s why full-on adobe haciendas have to be mudded periodically, que no? To keep them from crumbling and/or washing away?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Here is the National Park Service brief on adobe preservation. A little digging might unearth that stabilized adobe, if it is adobe, was used in Rancho Pendejo. It was probably stabilized with cement or other things, and maybe even fired instead of sun dried. The mud plaster we put on that chimney about 18 months ago is already starting to crack and fall off, so you are right about frequent mud plastering being necessary to maintain old time adobe. Our house is built from “slump block” which is concrete blocks made to look similar to brick. Doesn’t seem like a very good name for the blocks.

        http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/5-adobe-buildings.htm

  5. Libby Says:

    Good one!

  6. Larry T. Says:

    Don’t they call these “mature markets” or something like that? The bike industry has sold everyone a road, mountain, all-mountain, downhill, cross-country, dual-suspension, hardtail, ‘cross, aero, shopping, touring, chrono, BMX, gravel, fat, endurance and single-speed BICYCLE while the Apple folks have sold them Macs, I-pods, I-pads, Macbooks, I-phones and now Apple-watch. Just think up a new category and watch ’em flock to the stores!!! Why? You know what my wife says…

    • Steve O Says:

      Funny that you’re making a bike comparison.

      I saw a bike mount for the Apple Watch. $50 I think. First reaction was, that’s crazy. Last time I checked, most folks take their wrists with them when they go for a bike ride. Why mount your watch to a bike??

      But then the price caught my eye. $350 watch + $50 mount … that’s still only half of a Garmin Edge. Not exactly apples and oranges, but close enough for government work. The only thing I remember from Econ 101 is that price is always subjective. No such thing as “too expensive,” only “too expensive for me.”

      This was at least 10 years ago, but there was some story about a big shot TV dude getting his/her costar a bike for his/her birthday. Damn Huffy, 3 speed, townie cruiser, with a Gucci paint job and ostrich skin saddle bags, and he paid $13,000 for it. But it wasn’t my money, so no skin off my nose.

      • Larry T. Says:

        I’m one who thinks Garmins are overpriced junk too. Actually, GPS wizards tell me their actual hardware is good but the software is crap. When I ask why they don’t use something else the response is that the competitors are even worse! I have no issues with convenience – but for me attempts to use these devices are anything but convenient and results too often end up being inconvenient, like when the Garmin battery croaks with a big chunk of the ride left! The final straw for me is touch-screens, I find them just awful.

  7. Ryan Says:

    It will be a nice addition to the Newton

  8. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Just heard that Apple sold out of first run of watches in 6 hours. You know what Larry’s wife says………..

    • Steve O Says:

      Xcode has been downloaded one million times. So that’s one million people who can write off the watch as a business expense. Apple might have just invented the self-licking ice cream cone!

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      You’re right Steve. This glass house has Apple bits all over it, six of them at this point, including the new Apple TV. Since I retired, the exact time has become less important to me. I used to be a clock and watch watcher.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The DogDesk

        The DogDesk, above.

        Oy, do we ever have a pile of Cupertino jewelry around Rancho Pendejo. The rough count:

        • 2009 21.5-inch iMac, once the Main Machine, now banished to a spare bedroom for Crimes Against the State.

        • 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro, the new Main Machine. Hooked to a 27-inch Dell and a 22-inch Viewsonic for extra visual real estate.

        • 2012 11-inch MacBook Air. The road machine.

        • 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro. Herself’s machine.

        • 2010 Mac Mini. Command-and-control system for the entertainment center.

        • 2006 13-inch MacBook (black). The emergency manual override, this old ‘Book runs Snow Leopard from an internal SSD and has copies of Word and Photoshop installed. While it awaits callup it streams KRCC-FM in the kitchen.

        • 2005 12-inch G4 PowerBook. Don’t ask me why, I just love the form factor. It also has Word and P-shop, so it’s my backup backup. Multiple redundancy.

        • 2003 12-inch G3 iBook. Poor adhesive choices makes this one smell ike pencil erasers when it heats up. Keyboard sucks. But it came loaded with some nifty software, including a third-party precursor to GarageBand that was a damn sight easier to use for audio recording. Word and P-shop on this one too, but lord, is it slow.

        • 2000 14.1-inch G3 “Pismo” PowerBook. This used to be the Main Machine back in the day, and it still works. Runs on the original everything, too. Those Malaysians knew how to build a laptop. A museum piece, though if push came to shove I could still earn my meager living on the thing.

        • 1999 G4 AGP Graphics Power Mac. Got it from BRAIN for the cost of shipping ($50) and modified it heavily. Used for storage and coloring my cartoons (it runs a flatbed scanner and can launch into the OS 9 “Classic” mode so I can use Adobe Photoshop 4, the last version of that application that was affordable and intuitive).

        • iOS stuff: Two iPhones (his and hers); two iPad 2s (his and hers, with his serving as an external monitor on road trips); one iPad Mini (his, for reading in bed and bike touring); one iPad Air cellular/wifi (hers, for work); two iPod Touches (his and hers); one iPod Nano (hers, for work); one original click-wheel iPod (his, entertainment center for stationary trainer).

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Wow! Steve must have paid for half his yacht from O’Grady profits. Tools of your trade, I suppose.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Well, yeah. Plus I’m a MacHoarder. Just can’t let the little rascals go. Shucks, it wasn’t that long ago that I finally recycled the Quadra 650, a couple of G3 “Wall Street” PowerBooks cooked by dirty power in Weirdcliffe, and a truly crappy 12-inch G3 iBook that had gotten too sideways to even boot up.

  9. Hurben Says:

    No Man, that’s an Apple iFob watch which comes with it’s own iChain & you’re right, you need big pockets..

  10. Larry T. Says:

    PO’G. If you really want an Avocet altimeter, remind me in August and I’ll send you one. We have a couple of ’em laying around the house with dead batteries doing nothing.

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