Last December, I wanted to hear a little music while I did the dishes, but for some reason, our Sonos player wasn’t working. Sonos is a wireless music system my husband bought, which is great when it actually works. The system plays music stored on your iPod or your iPhone — no more CDs. If it were up to me, I’d still be playing records instead of relying on Wi-Fi, but I surrender to these technological times and operate Sonos with my iPhone. I couldn’t figure out why the Sonos suddenly wasn’t behaving, and I thought maybe it was because I hadn’t yet downloaded my iPhone’s new operating system. So I downloaded the new operating system and the Sonos player still didn’t work and now I could barely read my iPhone because the new system was apparently designed for 20-year-olds who can still see close up, which I haven’t been able to do in years.
Abandoning all hope of hearing music, I decided I’d back up my iPhone on my iMac as I responsibly do each day. But this time, my iMac told me that since I had a new iPhone operating system, I couldn’t back up my iPhone until I downloaded the newest iTunes version. So I began to download the new iTunes, but after 20 minutes, my computer told me I couldn’t install the latest iTunes version until I upgraded my iMac’s operating system. I needed Snow Leopard at least. I was still using Tiger. You see where this is going.
Since I was in the middle of my memoir book proposal, I refused to risk any technological disruption (which happened in a major way when I upgraded my MacBook) and, God forbid, loss of two years worth of work, in what started as an innocent desire to hear a Christmas jingle or two. But now, six months later, I have submitted to my agent a 90-page book proposal, which includes a partial manuscript and a whopping business plan that explains why the book will sell. There is nothing I can do now except wait to hear if a publisher agrees and so I thought I would begin the daunting task of upgrading my technological infrastructure.
Slowly and cautiously, I upgraded. And, much to my surprise, everything works, which feels like a miracle or at the very least a metaphor. I have let go of my Tiger self and moved into the bold new world of the Snow Leopard. I’ll let you know where it takes me.
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