Day’s Verse:
Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.

John 1:3-5

Merry Christmas, only a little bit late. Life has gotten busy since December 19, but in the best possible way: Family, friends, giving gifts, eating, playing games, going for walks. I really value the time we’re able to spend not necessarily doing things, but just being together with people. We kept Christmas very low-key from a gift-giving standpoint, and as a result, we aren’t inundated with “wonderful” gifts that we don’t have anything to do with. As usual, though, we did give away lots of money to a wide variety of charities, which I find much more satisfying than giving people stuff.

On the stuff side, though, I had a very cool thing happen. About a month ago, I got an email from Apple. They said that the batteries of first-generation iPod Nanos, like the one I owned, had started exploding. Exciting! So, much as I wanted to keep a potentially explosive device, I filled out the paperwork to return my iPod to Apple. A few days later, I got an empty cardboard box, including return shipping label, with special iPod-shaped foam inside. I put my iPod in it as per the directions and shipped it off to Apple. They promised “a replacement” in about 6 weeks.

Time went by and I forgot about it. I hardly use my iPod these days — I don’t use it on my bike, because of the risk; when I’m at home, I use my computer speakers or the really nice speakers downstairs; in the car I listen to the radio (NPR, usually). Not working in an office, I don’t have to worry about keeping my music to myself. Owning music isn’t really on my radar these days. Why buy an album or song when you could stream?

Anyway, periodically I wondered what the Apple “replacement” would be. A “new” first-gen Nano? A newer Nano? I figured that anything newer than my old iPod would be an improvement: Devices only get better with time, usually. The latest iPod Nano is a really spiffy device quite different from the one Ian gave me, oh gosh, 6 or so years ago.

Then, a couple days before Christmas, I got the shipping notification from Apple. My curiosity went up a notch. What would my replacement involve? I admit, I hoped for something better than an exact replacement, although I couldn’t exactly complain if they gave me a first-gen to replace my first-gen. Long story short, my box from Apple came today. Inside: An 8 gig current-generation Nano. Awesome! It has twice the memory my old Nano did, is half the size, has a touch screen, and was totally free to me.

Merry Christmas, indeed!

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