As part of the cell phone generation, I'm a fairly active text message user. I'm not quite as addicted to it as some of my college students at church, or possessors of the ultimate PDA/Blackberry that provides a full-blown keyboard, but I can hold my own.
When I first started text messaging, I had no idea what predictive text was. I just did it the old-fashioned way. Three punches of the number 2 for the letter C, two punches of the number 2 for the letter A...and so on. Antiquated, yes, I know. Predictive text is a mobile phone technology that does a little thinking for you so it takes less keystrokes to enter commonly-used words. I tried figuring out predictive text, but somehow never did, and got very frustrated in the process. I don't think there was anything in the owner's manual...if I even knew where that was at that moment. So, I continued to struggle along.
Then, one day, my friend, Ashley, whose husband works for Verizon, was patient enough to take my phone and figure out how the predictive text worked to show me. I couldn't believe it! Text messaging accomplished in half the time...genius!
As with all technologies, we're never happy...always wanting more. Big screen TV isn't enough, it has to be high definition. Cable isn't good enough, it has to be DirectTV. And, can't catch all your shows? You obviously aren't a member of the TiVO Generation. Even though my predictive text was great, it wasn't perfect, and many words I commonly use aren't in the predictive brain of my cellular phone.
This weekend, I discovered that my phone is getting smarter. I'm a fan of Qdoba Mexican Restaurant. I'm convinced that when I get to Heaven, along the streets of gold will be an unlimited number of Qdoba restaurants....and replete with Starbucks at every heavenly corner. So, I text the word "qdoba" frequently when making plans with friends and, because we're never technologically happy, I get frustrated at having to spell out Qdoba. Well, after a few uses of it this past weekend, it miraculously became part of the predictive text dictionary. Life is good.
...Now, if I can just text message my order ahead and avoid those long lines at Qdoba...