When Apple Watch IS a Necessity

Apple Watch showing friends screenThe Apple Watch (and all smart watches) are all the rage right now with smart people questioning whether we actually need them at all. A top question is whether you’d drive back home to get your smart watch if you forgot to put it on, like you probably would your smart phone. Of course I don’t put myself in the “smart people” category, I’m in the “buy whatever Apple invents next” category.

Over the last couple of months I’ve enjoyed my Apple Watch and I get a lot of value out of it but I wondered too whether this was something that could ever fit a critical need or whether it’s just really neato to have. This week it actually filled a critical need.

I got called to jury duty in downtown Los Angeles, which is about 40 minutes away from my home during light traffic. I’ve been downtown a fair number of times but I don’t often drive myself so it’s unfamiliar to me. On my way up the 110 freeway I noticed there was a Fastrak lane, which is like a toll lane but you carry a transponder that they scan as you go under the signs and charge you. I’ll pretty much pay any fee not to sit in traffic so I got out my Fastrak transponder and flew past the other drivers.
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