Yes, I want an audience. Of course I do, I’m a writer. I want to be good to that audience, give them something valuable. I’m their audience in turn – I pay attention to what they share, provide feedback. Once, I would have said that social media isn’t really friendship, but I’ve come to think it might really be the essence of friendship.

Serial’s new season will be about Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years, before the Obama administration negotiated his release in 2014. The facts are already known – there isn’t a whodunnit to figure out. The whydunnit is much more interesting.

The atmosphere of waiting and illness is replaced by activity and health. The patients we cheer for are as sick as any I’ve seen, but they reclaim their health before our eyes.

I’m a comics aficionado. My personal library includes the bound complete works of The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, a significant number of Doonesbury volumes, as well as Bloom County… Yesterday, NPR’s Fresh Air broadcast a new interview with Breathed. I was pleasantly surprised: Breathed spoke well and frankly, elevating my opinion of him in the process.

I attended a theater performance last night, seated immediately behind a woman with a screen bigger than the color TV in the livingroom of my childhood home. As the story played out on stage, she browsed the Internet, checked her bank account (twice), watched a video, shared vacation photos with her seatmate, and (you guessed it) texted incessantly. Then her phone rang, and she answered it.

Recently, Mark Zuckerberg announced his team would be adding a “dislike” button to Facebook, in response to repeated requests. For me, that would be the beginning of the end – I don’t know how much posting I’ll be doing if that change is enacted.

Bottom line: Yes, it’s an expensive watch. Yes, there’s a learning curve… But it does everything you want it to, with more on the way. Above all else, it’s a genuine pleasure to wear. The Apple Watch is everything I dreamed of as a young boy, and more; how many things in life live up to that?