Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Apple's iPhone 11 Commercial reminds me of Lost Opportunities
In the winter of 1978, I was sledding on a hill near my house at night and went straight into a partially snow-covered barbed wire fence. Part of the fence cut into my neck. If I hadn't been wearing a heavy collar, I might have bled to death that night, at the age of 14.
In the fall of 1983, I lost control of my grandfather's Volkswagen Beetle and rolled it four times before crashing into a stone bridge. No seat belts. If I missed the bridge, I would have plunged into the creek, maybe being crushed by the collapsing chassis of Germany's Finest in Engineering. That was the day after the Orioles won their last World Series. I was 20.
In the summer of 1990, I almost drowned off the coast of New Jersey. If I hadn't managed to find an emergency rescue rope stretched out into the ocean, I might not have been able to pull myself out of the water. I might have drowned that day, at the age of 26.
What I'm saying is....several times in my life, I had the opportunity to permanently avoid being subjected to this commercial, and I blew it. No one to blame but myself.