and it's all thanks to iPhone. There was recently a blurb in my local paper, the News and Observer, requesting email submissions from both iPhone fans and haters discussing the device's launch and why or why not they planned on purchasing one. Here was my submission: Dear News and Observer Staff, This submission is in response to your short column entitled "Help us report on iPhone's debut." My name is Ethan Sherbondy, and I am a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina. I can be reached at *phone number*. I am fifteen years old and will be a sophomore at Enloe high-school when everything starts back up again in August. Below is my rationale for purchasing iPhone when it hits stores next week: June 29th is a date that shall remain fixated in my mind for years to come. The prophets of tech journalism have come to recognize it as the day that the very definition of the cell phone will change forever. I have been waiting for years now for a device capable of reshaping the way I view my life, and it is with great certainty I utter the name of the messiah of mobile handsets. It's called iPhone, and it is the future. Many of my peers know me as that nerdy apple elitist kid, and, as such, they are often surprised when I tell them I do not own and have never owned an iPod. Why is this? With each new iPod release and revision, I remained steadfast, unimpressed by Steve Jobs' latest offering. Sure, mp3 players are cool, but I always knew, in the inner chambers of my soul, that there was something truly awe-inspiring waiting just around the corner. On January 9th, my thirst for a technological revolution was finally quenched, as Jobs revealed iPhone to the world. This device did it all. It took every exemplary attribute from each iPod, mobile phone, and pocket PC ever conceived, amplified them, and conglomerated them elegantly into one sleek, small, device. It was the answer to all of my prayers. As Jobs demoed iPhone's features to the mesmerized crowd, I realized the emptiness I had felt for those many painful months of anticipation would not subside until I had an iPhone of my own. I was finally ready to let go, and slip away into Steve's reality distortion field once and for all. My sole wish for the past 6 months was only for the day on which I would toss my six hundred well-earned dollars at Apple Inc. to arrive sooner. Never before has a product created such strong cognitive dissonance in me. I have been molded into Apple's teenage consumer tool, and the funny thing about is I've been happy to play that part in every step of way in the genesis of iPhone. I am an Apple Addict, a Mac Rumors Junkie, and most importantly, I am a future iPhone owner. Thank you very much for the potential inclusion of this piece in your newspaper. Sincerely, Ethan Sherbondy --- During the interview, I showed him the fake iPhone I made by printing out to -scale pictures of it and gluing them to popsicle sticks. I also showed him this essay I wrote on iPhone for a weird class, in which the teacher told us we could write about anything pertaining to America. That can be found here. I'm going to have an entire article dedicated to my obsession, all because of Apple's latest thing. It's awesome!