The use of the word tosser — an emotive one at the best of times, unless you’re referring to the salad people* — in my piece about Google Glass has struck a chord with a lot of MIR readers. I was umming and ahhing over the use of the word but decided to go for it to see if we could stir things up. And yes, it did. I’ve had a ton of email about it.
One particular email stood out deserving of more attention. It’s this one from Cameron. Here we go, over to Cameron:
Re. the dork wearing a Google Glass while waiting for his train to arrive, that story reminds of 25 years ago to the month, when I worked at Orpington station on the ticket barrier.
Every morning a fella of approximately 45-50 years old passed the barrier onto platform 2 to catch a morning rush hour train to London. He was noticeable because he always had a large 1G ‘brick’ type phone clasped to his ear and was always talking in to it loudly, saying things like, “The meeting is at 10, we’ll seal the deal then do lunch.”, and, “Sell 10,000 if the price reaches $2.50 otherwise phone Damien in New York and say he’ll have to re-cast his figures.” In short, classic late 1980s yuppie talk from someone too old to be a yuppie. In short a dork but we always noticed him and thought, “Wow, he’s got a mobile phone!”, and that alone gave him some kudos.
Until the morning he got into a bit of a fiddle trying to put his train ticket away in his shirt pocket after showing it at the barrier. He ended up dropping both the ticket and the phone. Except it wasn’t a phone at all. As it hit the platform it fell apart, revealing two halves of an empty shell. So it wasn’t an über-cool yuppie accessory costing hundreds of pounds in all its 1G glory. Nope it was a very good looking, but in fact totally uncool and very, very fake phone. The guy grabbed both halves of the empty shell and his ticket and walked as far down the platform as he could as I think he realised we’d seen what had happened and the subterfuge was over.
I wonder how many years it was before he had a real working mobile phone? More to the point, I wonder if he has considered wearing a fake Google Glass?
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Ah thank you Cameron. Your note really made me smile. I shall shortly be hunting for my own fake Google Glass knock-off!
[Photo from the Motorola history page]
* Seriously: The folk in the salad shop, Tossed, refer to themselves as tossers. Always gives me a smile.