After years as a modified Luddite, I’ve finally acquired a smart phone to replace my dumb one. David gave it to me. He bought it a couple of years ago and used it for a while, then decided it wasn’t worth the trouble.
I still carry my dumb phone. Before using the new one to make and receive calls, I’m learning to use the essential functions nobody knew were essential till phones got smart. So far, I’ve learned that people go around staring at the little screens all the time because they’re trying to figure out how to make them work.
The backstory is that I bought one of those bracelets–sort of a faux Fitbit; there was a discount, and it didn’t cost much to begin with–so I can see how many steps I take every day, how many calories I burn, how much deep sleep I get, and so forth. Because it’s a smart bracelet. it works only with a smart phone, hence the upgrade.
About the name: Yoo. In the set-up, there’s a reference to a “New Yoo.” It took me only two hours to figure that one out. I get points for various activities–steps, sleep, whatever–but if I’m not active enough in a day, I get 200 Revenge points, which means they’re taken away.
The first day, after I finally figured out how to download the software, I burned 20 calories. That can’t be accurate, because, if I remember correctly, if I were in a coma, I would burn 7 calories/pound, and I think a woman who’s conscious burns 11 calories/pound. Or maybe it’s 9. I do remember that men burn two calories more per pound than women, which isn’t fair.
Anyway, I have a lot of pounds so I should have burned more than 20 calories. I guess they mean I burned 20 calories over and above what it takes to just lie around.
Unfortunately, there are challenges. I chose the 50K Challenge, also known as the Up Off the Couch Challenge. I’m supposed to win in it less than a week. It’s not going well. In the past seven days, I’ve fallen far short of the 10,000 steps per day the Yoo Challenge advises. I reset my daily goal down to 5,000 steps per day, but that didn’t help. Today I got in 1550 steps, my personal best.
At present, Yoo says I have to amass 38,207 points to win the 50K Challenge. Last night, it said I had only 37,000+ points to go. I guess between readings it deducted 200 Revenge points for yesterday’s idleness.
I sadly fear the Old Yoo is winning.
I have published stories in Austin Mystery Writers’ two crime fiction anthologies, Murder on Wheels and Lone Star Lawless, and in Day of the Dark.. Read my short-short story “And Justice for All” at Mysterical-E.