The Critical 'I'

Read. React. Repeat.

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

LOSING A $20-GRAND PHONE
chitter-chat
If you've got nothing better to do with $20,000 worth of scratch, consider buying a genuine Vertu mobile phone. Because once the chicks see you with a platinum-plated, jewel-encrusted talking gizmo, you'll be geting more tail than you can shake a stick at!

Jay Christian Rado, who is of some repute for being a racecar driver, and of even more repute for being the first person to pony up the dough to buy this ridiculous status symbol, predictably lost the thing during the holiday season. The article here makes it seem like it was purposefully stolen off him; other accounts I read indicated that he actually misplaced it and then couldn't find it later. Either way: Idiot!

Interestingly, the dictionary definition of the word virtu, the theme after which this phone is named, talks of "a love of the fine arts" and "a taste for curiosities". Somehow, I kinda doubt that someone vain and materialistic enough to blow such a wad on this trinket exbihits either of these traits, or even aspires to.