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Do You Have Old-School Habits You Won't Let Tech Replace?

Do You Have Old-School Habits You Won't Let Tech Replace?

I use my iPhone for most things — scheduling, phone calls, photos, email — but one old-school goody I won't give up is my Moleskine day planner. No matter how many calendar entries I keep in my iPhone, I like to have an on-paper record of my schedule, too. Then this happened:

I was running late for a connecting flight and grabbed a bottle of water at an airport newsstand before racing to the gate. As I stood in the aisle waiting to take my seat, I felt the dreaded drip-drip-drip that could only be one thing: an open bottle of water in my messenger bag. The same bag carrying my iPhone, laptop computer, camera, planner, and various chargers.

As soon as I got to my seat I pulled all of the gadgets out of my bag and frantically dried them with napkins, paper towels, my scarf, anything I could get my hands on. Luckily there was only one casualty — my treasured daily planner was full of water. The ink was smudged, pages stuck together. Even after drying out, it turned into a mess of warped pages and smudges.

You've shared stories of saving water-damaged phones, and I'm thankful my gadgets made it out alive. But I can't help but lament that the one essential non-tech item in my bag was the first to go.

Do you use gadgets in most of your day-to-day life, or do you have any old-school habits you won't let tech replace? What are they?

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