Red Cups and Relaxation

A few weeks ago my wife and I, along with six friends took a cruise to the Bahamas. It felt good to check out of the real world for a week. No phone, no email, just the water, the sun, a few drinks and each other. We had a blast. No email, no phone calls, no technology -just rest and relaxation.

The Monday after we returned, we hit the ground running. On top of catching up on all the work we had missed, our friends came up from Richmond to see a concert at the 930 club in DC. Prior to leaving for the show we wanted to listen to some music, except we were moving and our apartment was almost 80% packed up- making it difficult to find anything. So we sat there with the Samsung smart TV, an iPad, three iPhones and a Droid and SOMEHOW – we couldn’t get the phones to play music through the TV speakers. We just couldn’t. I’m usually pretty good at these sorts of things and find a way to hack the audio cables so that it just works, but this time it didn’t work.

The 5s wouldn’t connect to the the old Apple dock, the HDMI adapter wouldn’t let the iPhone 4s play through the speakers and Samsung Smart TV wouldn’t connect to the Amazon Cloud music player. Trust me. It wouldn’t work.

So there we sat, four friends with the most technologically advanced equipment in the palm of our hands,  listening to music out of a red plastic cup. Yup, a red plastic cup you see, acts as an amplification device with the sound waves reverberating off the rounded tube. It works.

So, the next time something technology related won’t work for you- just stop and grab a red cup and maybe fill it up? Just relax, it’ll be okay if you don’t have your phone, or your laptop, or your tablet, it’ll be fine- I promise.


Mike Toner

Based in Alexandria, Virginia Michael is the Manager of Social Media at Navy Federal Credit Union. By evening, he's a husband, dog owner and runner. Toner writes about social media strategy, tools, training and best practices for social and digital marketing programs.


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