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Sunday, March 11th, 2007

So my iPod is gone. It’s been over five weeks since I last saw it and by now I know in my bones that it’s not going to turn up somewhere. It’s either been stolen, or lost and then stolen. I’ve been through the Kubler-Ross stages and now have reached acceptance. It’s not going to turn up.

The iPod in question was only a few months old. I got it as a gift to myself for completing The Perfect Thing. It is inscribed, in fact, “The Perfect Thing, October 26, 2006.” That was the publication date of the book, five years to the day after the original iPod came out. If you ever see an iPod with that inscription, feel free to confront the “owner.”

The original iPod that came out five years ago cost $399 and held 1000 songs. My iPod cost $350 and held up to 20,000 songs. It could also play videos and movies and podcasts and games. I had gotten pretty good at a miniature golf game.

Someone else is playing it now. Are you that person? Are you playing the courses that opened only after I beat par of the previous course? Are you shuffling through my playlist, jumping from a tune from the Arcade Fire concert in Montreal last January to Bob Dylan and Joan Baez singing “With God on Our Side” from the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, and then to the Rolling Stones? Have you browsed through my family photos and scanned my contact list? Did you watch that episode of “CSI: Las Vegas” that I put there to view on an airplane trip?

If your answer is yes, I beg you: give it back.

I am not alone. Look through Craigslist, do a Google search for “I lost my iPod” and you see people like me similarly suffering. (Though very few have been in the embarrassing position of writing a book about the iPod and then losing one.) I recently was on the campus of a small liberal arts college and discovered that the student newspaper had half a dozen notices of lost or stolen iPods, with blood curses invoked on those who are enjoying the lost devices. They offer rewards for the return of the iPod, or threaten violent consequences if the iPod is not returned. Ha. They will not see their iPods again.

They, like me, will eventually trudge to the Apple store and buy another.

1 Comment

  • it sucks when you loose iPods and stuff …
    i lost mine few days back …
    it really sucks …
    and i’m thinking may be there is like less that zero chance that i’m gonna get it back …
    sucks …

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