JUL. 08 | Introducing the newest member of the family ... RUFUS!

  • Posted on: 8 July 2009
  • By: Michelle

So my wonderful husband gets the Pulled-it-off Award of 2009. After a great day of birthday lunching with friends, starting a new tradition of buying myself a birthday outfit each year (to cover my ... uhhh ... other birthday outfit ... ) going to the movies and blowing out the candles on my homemade Devil's Food cake, my sly husband pulled a spanking new iPhone from his pocket, minutes before the clock struck twelve.

I give you Rufus (from the German verb "anrufen" which means "to call") ...


And yes. I did indeed name my iPhone.

And my car (Fiona). And my laptop (Dexter). And our Bonsai tree (Takahashi). And the plants Jay gave me (Gertrude the Marigold and Ferdinand the Salvia). And the snail I once found in the backyard (Herman).

Why name a large portion of the inanimate objects in my life (along with the vast majority of animate ones), you ask?

For one, when I say things like "Oh, I can't, I have a date with Rufus tonight" or "Let me ask Rufus" people think that I have an exotic, foreign friend and not simply an extreme case of iPhoneurosis with a touch of appiphilia.

And for two, normal is overrated.

Rufus, on the other hand, is not. We have been seeing each other for a mere 17 hours, and it is inconceivable to me that I ever managed to survive three decades on this planet without this device. Are you aware that there is an app which mimics a Zippo lighter, complete with being able to flip the lid closed with a flick of your wrist? And one to see how much bubble wrap you can pop in a given time frame? Ummm ... hello ... these are critical life skills, people.