The purchase was a bit of an adventure. I scoured ebay looking for the phone. I found a semi-local dealer (Monterey Park) who had T616s, the U.S. version of the 610. All 616s right now are Cingular phones, but the phones were unlocked. Now, at 5:30 on a Friday, I hop on the 10 east. How do people do that every day?
An hour, and many rush hour chats with ucpsychguy later, I arrive in Monterey Park to retrieve my prize; make sure the phone works with my SIM, and get right back on the freeway back towards the westside. I don't know what happened on the ride home, but all of a sudden, there I saw the sign for the 405. It never looked so beautiful. I was home! The drive flies with no traffic. Compared to the trip over, it felt like 10 minutes. But of course, I drove all the way out to Mission Viejo the following day to have the firmware reflashed with the generic Sony version to get rid of all references to Cingular.
*Way too much driving* Everyone needs to live in L.A. So now I have my new toy. I'm sure I could surmise that the toys are just a distraction. They probably are.
But this one will display animated gifs as screen savers :-) Quickly scanning my porn for animated gifs, I located a Bel Ami gem that serves as a rather interesting conversation piece. I now alternate between it, the Matrix intro, and my friend Tony dancing on stage at Kurfew. Now why did I think about this now? I think just because I spent the last 20 minutes scraping the Cingular logo off the case.
Did I just avoid the whole toys being a distraction issue? I think I did.