I name lots of things that are important to me. It’s fun, it gives material things the importance they deserve with a name. They are tools and machines that make life not just easier and simpler, but so much more. More fun, they are a means for creativity, visual enhancement for the sake of beauty, a vehicle to aid in daily life, a lens of self-expression. As I think about naming my new camera, I am reminded the names of things I have, how they came about, and why they are important.
I have already published a dissertation on Turnip, my white bike. Turnips two-wheeled counterpart is Pauline. She is a purple Schwinn cruiser with purple sparkly handle bars, the original S on the seat, and a large basket in the front. She is named after a song, for the lyric “everything is so easy for Pauline.” That’s the cruisers mantra, great for a lazy summer days, gliding around town.
But Ruby Darling. Ruby Darling is one of my most prized possessions, an unpredictably perfect machine for me, a travel sized companion to whom I can tell all my secrets. She keeps none of them. Ruby Darling is my means to spill my guts to the world, to preserve my feelings, emotions, thoughts, ideas, and odd expressions to anybody out there. Ruby Darling files and organizes, she processes and simplifies. She checks my spelling and everything. She not only communicates to the world at large, she keeps my friendships burning and my professional life spinning. Ruby Darling pours out the song in my spirit, keeps the music playing all day long.
Ruby Darling, without your technological glow as a guiding light, I might feel lost.
Ruby Darling’s real life name is Surface Pro 2, a nice sorta fickle tablet that is perfect for this nice sorta fickle gal.