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Happy morning to all of you. How was your collective weekend? First, let me start with a brief grievance. As a football fan, and a fan of a particular team, I have realized there are few things more frustrating than watching your particular team dominate a game for fifty-three minutes only to be beaten by a team that plays all sixty. Oof. That said, the AFC West is fortunately bad this year, so the Chiefs are still atop the division. Woo hoo.

After the disappointment of yesterday’s game, my evening took a dramatic upturn. I met up with a fellow some of you may recall from the depths of iResQ history, my good friend and yours, former sales-department favorite Chuck. He and I and our wives took in the epic performance of Sufjan Stevens at Kansas City’s Uptown Theater (currently ranked #82 on Pollstar’s best theaters in the world. Shazaam). Any of you who might be a fan of the whispery folk singer may be in for a surprise if you’re picking up his latest album which was released last Tuesday, or planning on seeing him on the Age of Adz tour. All the history and American culture themes that you’ve come to expect from Sufjan are there in glorious and meticulous detail, but the folk sounds and banjo melodies are strikingly absent in favor of electronic drum pads, heavy synths and auto-tuned vocals. Not to mention seizure-inducing video accompaniment playing on a giant screen behind the band at the show.

The real reason I bring up the show, however, is this- the 2000 hipsters that filled the theater all seemed to share one common trait. And that trait is iPhone 4 ownership. I fully realize that what I’m about to say may make me sound like the cranky old guy at the concert who just wants everyone to sit down and enjoy the music, but I now have one, albeit minor, complaint about the new iPhone. While the flash is a wonderful new feature for amateur photographers who know that the best camera is the one that’s with you, it also causes about a dozen backs of heads to light up, bathed in halogen glow. Which is a little distracting every three seconds at a concert. So it goes.

On the other hand, the pictures that came as a result of all the annoying flashes were excellent, and the 720p video was stunning. So I have three recommendations. First, go to iTunes and pick up Sufjan’s new album The Age of Adz. It’s a captivating departure from the folky orchestral arrangements of his previous efforts.

Second, get yourself an iPhone 4 before attending your next concert. Sub-recommendation: ignore the cranky old guy who’s annoyed by the flash. And finally, if you drop your iPhone 4 at said concert, go here to order one of our fast and affordable repair services. Have a good week, everyone.

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