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    Wherefore art thou, my

    On an ill-fated Saturday night a few weeks ago I lost my iPhone. (Have you seen it?) I might have left it on Bart, (I was a bit preoccupied) it may have fallen out of my leather jacket pocket while I was waiting for the bus. But where I left it isn’t important. I mean, searching for it, retracing my steps, that’s when where I left it is the key. But now that it’s gone, it doesn’t matter where it is. I’m starting fresh.
    One Christmas in the late 90’s I got a Sailor Moon address book. It easily became my most prized possesion. With smartphones we may have Emojis and Instagram but what I find the most genius is the contact list in all of our phones and the luxury to never having to memorize a phone number again. Well, I wish I still used my Sailor Moon book because upon losing my phone I only have two phone numbers currently memorized, because numbers are terrible.
    And then, of course, the obivious cursed thing to losing your iPhone is calling Apple. I felt like Carrie Bradshaw the time she carried her broken ’98 Macbook in a scarf to the Apple store, the same sad smile from the Apple employees after they asked Carrie “You don’t back up?”
    Later that Saturday night I announced with a giggle that I could “go totally 90’s!” You know, an authentic CD player/flip phone combination. I would just use an actual camera for actual pictures and abandon Instagram for a while. Disappear and just be me. But that Sunday I wasn’t as optomistic.
    I ate my words. I wasn’t 90’s at all. I was in middle school all over again. My mom lent me her pink iPod nano and I got a pink burner phone to match (edgy back when Bush was in office, not so much now.) I acutally felt this tinge of depression. I experienced my first case of first world problems. I felt that I was more connected to the world, but also wasn’t a part of my world. A piece of me was gone. On a sidewalk somewhere or or a cold bus. I’ve missed people before but never something made out of metal and broken glass.
    I work from a 2004 laptop that sounds like it’s a plane about to take off. Most of the time I wear vintage men’s jeans from the 2nd hand store. (Tight jeans on them, nearly high waisted on me.) But as a writer, on the go, always thinking of something to write, as a person that doesn’t own a watch, as a human being that could never remember anyone’s phone number, fuck it, I love my iPhone.
    Angel Sunlight is a Tower staff writer. Email her at [email protected]

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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