Notes from The Buffer Zone: Get Off My Phone!

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I've been doing a lot of thinking about my phone lately. That could be because I'm going to replace the phone in the next month or so. It's getting a little temperamental and whenever my electronics get temperamental, that means the Kris Effect is about to hit (or maybe has hit).

Yes, I'm one of those people who fry things on a regular basis. I can't wear a watch. I've been nearby when . . .

Three different microwaves have exploded

Two different TVs have exploded

One computer exploded

. . . and so on and so forth.

I know, I know. You folks are sf fans so you expect a reasonable explanation for all of this. I'd like to say these things died because I live on the Oregon Coast and our electrical grid is . . . well, to call it unreliable is unfair to unreliable things. We have surges every winter. We have power outages on clear sunny days in the summer.

I'd love to blame that—and do for the loss of two different washing machines and three different dryers.

But the other stuff? That's been happening to me my whole life, whether I live in a place with a temperamental grid or not.

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