Yesterday I saw someone's status update on Facebook that referred to "paying tribute to Steve Jobs". We've had a busy week, and I haven't seen much news lately. I looked up from my phone and asked Jason, "Hey, did Steve Jobs pass away?"
We were both standing in the kitchen, Jason was slicing a loaf of bread. His head whipped up and he looked at me. "No," he said emphatically, "He's just stepped down as CEO of Apple. But he's still on the board and will be very involved."
Oh my gosh you guys, I wish I could do a better job here of conveying tone. Because the way he said this--it was as if I'd insulted his mama. Like I'd made an accusation instead of asking a question. Not even a loaded question, just a question! He sounded defensive, as if there'd been all this misinformation about Steve Jobs out there and he'd spent all day talking to people, taking phone calls, hitting the airwaves to set the record straight; only to find the lies in his own home. His own home! (Can you imagine it now?)
He said that, and my jaw opened just a scootch. We looked at each other for a second. Then we both started laughing. "Wow. Babe," I said. "Didn't mean to hit a nerve there." "Oh," he said, "I said it that way to be funny. Like I'm some kind of Apple nerd, you know?"
Jason has an unabashed love of Apple and all iProducts. Oh--and please don't ever slam Google Plus because then Jason will have to tell you all about its superiority and all the different circles you can be in and how its web conferencing capabilities are peerless and if I have to hear about it again I will die. I will fall to the ground and be taken up lifeless and it will be all your fault.
But anyway, our little exchange got me thinking. Do you have any products/companies that you are a teensy bit irrationally attached to? Like, you take it personally if someone else slights or criticizes them? I think I'm a little like this about Chik-fil-a. I don't really know why. I guess it's just that the food is just so yummy and the people that work there are always so earnest and eager to please. I suppose I can be a little defensive of Target as well. Why do people gotta hate on cute bargains, anyway? But I don't think I have a regard for any product or company that approaches Jason's for Apple, or Google.
All I know is that from now on, I'll be careful how I mention Steve Jobs' name around here. There are some issues in a marriage that you just have to tiptoe around.