My wife and I recently joined the modern ages and purchased our first iPhones.
Making the jump from to smartphones from our old C-student phones wasn't nearly as pricey as I expected. I have my fingers crossed that it won't catch up to us on our next bill from Ma Bell.
We shall see.
Among the obvious things I should like about my new device -- iTunes, Twitter, the ability to follow sporting events I'm not watching -- an underrated feature has emerged.
I've long used my phone as my alarm clock, but I was always at the mercy of the ringtones included on my phone and those short snippets I bought online.
Being able to wake up to an entire song is a wonderful, new concept to me. But what would I want to wake up to every morning?
In honor of "Groundhog Day," I thought "I Got You Babe" might be funny. It would probably get old fast, though. Plus I don't really want any part of what Bill Murray goes through in that movie.
I also always thought the intro to the Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" would get my day off to a rockin' start. The problem is, I'm not always ready to rock first thing in the morning. I have a feeling that those first notes might give me a heart attack at 6:13 a.m.
No, I need something to ease me into my day. Something mellow. Something to make me smile.
Something like this:
Now, before the rumor starts, the assistant editor of the Banner Graphic is not condoning the use of drugs. Not even close. As journalists go, I'm about as clean living as the come.
This song has always just made me smile. Hippies being hippies -- that's always funny.
We're only two mornings in, but I've awoken with a smile each day, and I walk around humming that song all morning.
It may not be the most convenient song to be humming when your first stop each morning is the county jail, but I think I'll be OK.