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<title>Ah, to own nothing! </title>
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Something's changed. <strong>I just can't get myself to buy an iPhone</strong>.
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I had been planning it for months, when friends would tell me about theirs, I knew I was going to wait for the 3G version. It's even the reason I chose AT&amp;T. The day it was announced I thought, “Yes! Finally! July 9! Can't wait!”
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But luckily I had time to think, between announcement-date and availability-date. And as time went on, I wanted it less and less. I realized <strong>my existing phone works just fine</strong>.
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Maybe it was the amazing <a href="http://storyofstuff.com/">Story of Stuff video</a> that made me realize that <strong>every manufactured thing creates a ton of waste</strong> just to make.
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Maybe it's the <strong>savings</strong>: <a href="http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1125.html">(click this comic:)<br /><img src="http://sivers.org/images/iphonecomic.gif" width="295" height="128" /></a>
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Mostly it's that I've been <a href="http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2007/07/11/how-to-travel-the-world-with-10-pounds-or-less-plus-how-to-negotiate-convertibles-and-luxury-treehouses/">living out of a backpack</a> for much of the year.
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<strong>Every item is now judged harshly as a major burden that better have a damn good explanation why</strong> I should carry it around with me everywhere as I travel.
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After my <a href="http://sivers.org/asia-diary">amazing time riding a motorcycle around Vietnam</a>, you might think I'd want to buy a motorcycle, but no - then I'd have to OWN it. (Say the word “own” with your most disgusted po-faced tone.)
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<strong>Wouldn't it be more fun to never have to OWN anything, but to just have it when you need it?</strong>
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P.S. Here's my <a href="http://www.bikingviking.is/?id=64">next daydream bike ride</a>.
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