For years I was ahead of the tech curve. I had Astraltunes before I had a Walkman, before I had an iPod. My first cell phone was carried like it was in a little suitcase and had a receiver like a landline. My second was hard-wired into my car. I had a PalmPilot and one of the first BlackBerrys. I even have a Rocketbook somewhere, which was the eReader of choice before there was ever a thought about a Kindle, a Nook or a Kobo. I have been through three BlackBerrys that I only use for email; I will carry the one I have now 'til it dies. I also have a simple “dumb phone” that I use only for calling and texting. But somehow I really got behind the curve (cell phone upgrade was available two years ago), and I never got a Smartphone like most folks carry; I never hit the iPhone frenzy or coveted any of the endless Droid phones out there.