Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Good Karma or Just Dumb Luck?


PensiveFace, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Since my beloved (Ha! Yeah right!) current mobile phone has opted to croak out on me just days before the big iPhone 4 pre-order release, I thought I would stop off at my local AT&T store on the way home from work to see if I could rectify the situation.

All day long I heard rumors about how the computers were acting up, about how AT&T and Apple were having a hard time keeping up the pace of the "big iPhone 4" order, yada yada.Oh, so I don't know, maybe I was expecting a long line? Or, even worse, for them to tell me they had run out? What was I in store for and how ugly would this get?

So, after work, I trogged down to my local AT&T store and, as I was pulling my car into the lot, I noticed a promising sign: the parking lot was not full. Not full to say the least-I got a spot right near the front, almost right next to the door. Ok, so much for the "angry mobs and long lines" theory, still, there could be a lot of on-line ordering "foo" going on behind the scenes, right?

I went in and put my name on the list, then plunked myself down in front of the big AT&T U-verse display, which is basically a TV set. I waited for a few minutes until they called my name. I'd have to say the wait was no longer than maybe 5 minutes at worst and, frankly, watching TV a bit wasn't too shabby.

I spoke with the nice man behind the counter, who looked obviously tired from a full, harrowing day of filling iPhone 4 orders, but was still nice enough to chat with me a bit. I answered all the questions as best I could, and picked out the options I had to pick out, all the while thinking, "gee, am I really going to get this thing?" He did warn me that the iPhones might not ship and be delivered on the 24th-that they could be delayed until July 5th (or later) because I did not get my order in "by 3 pm" which was some kind of unadvertised "cut off" time. Ok, again, whatever. I've waited a few years now, what's another few weeks, right? I placed my order and the computer didn't back up, nothing blew up, the world didn't end, and life just sort of quietly went on.

So now I want to know, was it good Karma, dumb luck, fate, destiny, or some other thing? I mean, why did so many other people have such a hard time securing their iPhones? Did I maybe like order the wrong device? Maybe I was just a new customer and so they were kissing up to me a bit? Maybe their computers just decided to grace me or the sales guy I got was jumping? I don't know.

But, this I do know. I'll be getting a new iPhone 4 sometime in the near future. I hope. At least, I think. At least, that's what all the paperwork was for.

And you know, you just know, the next time I try to get some kind of device, the entire world, life the universe and everything is going to blow up in some grand big "kaboom!" because, well, crap, even *I* can't be all that lucky.

Until next time...

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