The other day, my roommate Jimmy and I were walking home from our occasional Sunday afternoon basketball pickup games with some of his work friends. We were almost to the intersection of Market and Castro, when this older couple stopped us and asked us for directions.
Excuse me, sir, can you tell me how to get to the intersection of X and Y?
I responded in a manner my mother would be proud of:
Not off the top of my head, but I'm happy to look it up for you! Give me one moment…
I pulled out my iPhone, opened up Google Maps and typed in the intersection.
After figuring out the easiest way for them to get there and reciting it to them, we were about to head our separate ways, when the lady stopped and asked me to repeat them to her. I did.
Jimmy and I took two steps before we realized what had just happened.
The older lady took notes in her Notes application on her iPhone on how to get there.
She didn't open up the Maps app. Or google it. Or look it up on Yelp.
She typed in the directions that I gave her in her Notes app.
She's probably never heard of Pinterest, Rdio, Instagram, Fantastical, Twitter or Evernote. Frankly, she probably doesn't care.
I'm amazed by that.