A Dilemma in the Form of an iPhone

A Dilemma in the Form of an iPhone

Because it is one of the most annoying things at the moment.
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If you've been paying attention recently, it's hard to have a conversation with someone without having the "a" in the box come up every time you try to text, "I". Yes, it's quite annoying and I'm about to tell you how to fix it. Or if you haven't experienced this issue, I'm going to tell you how to avoid it.

A lot of us usually ignore the updates because most of the time... well, they're trash. Usually, I wait a couple months, but I recently updated my phone to the latest iOS and I haven't been having issues with it at all. I can also type without being rudely interrupted by random a's.

There has also been a rumor, that has not been proven, but the evidence presents itself, that every time a new iPhone comes out, a lot of the older versions start acting funky. I've noticed this to be true. I'm not bashing iPhone because I love the phone and the software. (Though sometimes, I admit I do switch back and forth from iPhone to Samsung very often) It's just that it gets annoying, yes we know your company has a new phone out, no we aren't going to be within the first group to purchase one. A lot of us won't purchase at all because we love our current phones. If Apple could just make the updates.... better, then the hesitance to install the recent update wouldn't be a big deal.

So if you absolutely can't stand the boxed "a" thing, go ahead and do the update. Plus, you get new emojis and those are always fun.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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It's Time Stop Texting In Text-Talk

We're not 12 and it isn't 2012.

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When most of my friends and I started getting our first cell phones, the most popular phone to have were still those phones that you had to 7 four times to write an "s." You were super cool if your parents bought you a slider phone with a QWERTY keyboard.

Because texting took so long, we, of course, used text-speech like "LOL" or "TTYL" or "WRU?"

"Are" was just the letter R and "you" was just the letter U. And this was acceptable at the time. Some of these acronyms followed us into present-day, but some just really need to be left in the past.

A boy recently texted me, sent from an iPhone, "How r u? Wryd?" and I honestly sat there for a few minutes utterly flabbergasted. An adult with a modern, top-of-the-class phone, really sent me a text message that looked like it was sent from 2010. I didn't even know iPhones, with Autocorrect that changed the simplest words to something so obscure, could even let you send a text like that!

There is a certain level of unattractiveness when people misuse "their/there/they're," but it goes to the next level when adults don't even bother to spell out a three-letter word. There is a sense of laziness and call me pretentious, but I just can't stand for laziness at this age. What does that say about a person when they don't even want to put forth the effort to do something as mundane as type out a full, coherent message?

A text message does not have to be written as a formal essay, fit with transitions and long SAT words to impress somebody. To me, if you're trying to impress someone, especially an adult, the message shouldn't look like it was written by a 12-year-old and make me want to answer back, "Smdh ttyl."

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