Who Wants to Get "Sandwich Face???" (aka "Shimojis", & the story of my phone)

Before I start, just a little background on my phone.

I got my first smart phone about 6 years ago in 2011. Before that, I had 2 hand-me-up phones from my brother (the kind where you have to push the same button 3 times to get all of the letters when you text kind of phones LOL). 

The first one's life ended when I did not follow one of my first rules of shooting:

"Put your phone in your camera bag when you are working by the ocean."

LOL you can guess what happened X( ....

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The second one, sadly, met a very similar fate.

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People who know me were not surprised (a plus is that now I can always count on my friends to send me random updates whenever any new waterproof technology comes out lol!).

So, when my brother's new iPhone 4s had a malfunctioning button, I offered to take it off his hands, went to the Apple store, and they were nice enough to send me a brand new one :D! Yay great customer service!!!  A+, I say!

All of my friends were ecstatic: Finally we could all group text!!!

(With my granny-phones they always had to text me separately - so many cheers Lol.)

I suppose in many ways I have always been a little old fashioned. So I just didn't see the harm in writing things down on a calendar, or emailing when I got back home at the end of the day. Or using things until they were completely worn out or broken - or drowned in the sea I suppose LOL.
My Mom just says that I should stop being so cheap lol - XD thanks Mom.

But with all that being said, I will be perfectly honest and say that my new smartphone did totally change my life! 
 

Fast forward to today, my awesome iPhone 4s is still a topic of conversation:

My uncle:
"Hey Erin! I saw your phone on Antique Roadshow last night!"

My best friend (whose husband works for Apple):
"Tony really hates your phone, Erin." 

Another Good Friend (when my case broken & I was using my phone sans-case):
"OMG did you finally get a new phone???"
(sad face & silence when they realized this was not true)

My boyfriend's dentist:
"Wow! Does it still run apps?"
(I haven't even met my boyfriend's dentist)

Random cashier at the drugstore when I'm buying gum:
"Dang, that's really old school."
*Silence*
My Boyfriend: ("Erin, he's talking to you.")
Me: .... X( 

So basically everyone has something to say about my phone LOL. Even strangers. 

I get it.
It's really old.
It's slower.
It's camera is kind of poopy.

But it still works!!! And I really still like it!
So.

Everybody who hates on my phone gets SANDWICH FACE!!! Wahahaha!!!

ENTER: The "Shimojis"

(Taken with my phone at Tokyo Central Japanese market in the refrigerated food section. My boyfriend & I have looked for Sandwich Face ever since that day, but have never seen him again.) 

(Taken with my phone at Tokyo Central Japanese market in the refrigerated food section. My boyfriend & I have looked for Sandwich Face ever since that day, but have never seen him again.) 

(Sandwich face is a "Shimoji". The term one of my old friends Calvin coined - basically the Shimazu form of Emojis.)

Since my phone is so old, it does not support many things (such as many of the newer emojis). Actually lots of times I get these kinds of messages from my friends, family, and Adam too when we are texting about wedding shoots coming up or about ramen lol:

Wahaha tan colored block!!! What do you mean? What mysteries are within the question mark error icon?? XO

But never fear!! I am always at the ready to reply with the appropriate homemade, low-tech, & very ghetto pictorial expression of my true feelings!!

Pumpkin from Ralphs: "Happiness! :D"

(Taken at the local Ralphs in October)

(Taken at the local Ralphs in October)

Eggs Benedict Face: "Quiet Contemplation"

(After brief discussion with Adrienne, my bestie, we have decided that this contemplation is of not the most intelligent nature LOL.)

(After brief discussion with Adrienne, my bestie, we have decided that this contemplation is of not the most intelligent nature LOL.)

Anxious Whale: "Worry"

My boyfriend is really good at crane games.

My boyfriend is really good at crane games.

Anxious Whale + Tie-Dye Chicken - "REALLY Worried."

Like he's really good at them LOL :D

Like he's really good at them LOL :D

Octopus Guy - "There was no coffee today Lol."

"You Trippin'./ Hmmm? This still confuses me."

Photo cred: @forest_limit an awesome bird/nature photographer from Japan!! Totally check them out too!! https://www.instagram.com/forest_limit/

Photo cred: @forest_limit an awesome bird/nature photographer from Japan!! Totally check them out too!! https://www.instagram.com/forest_limit/

These are just a few of the Shimojis. One day I will get a new phone for sure. Until that day though, I will continue to gleefully wander out into the world to search for more unexplored weirdness. Shimojis & beyond :D!

Wishing everybody Happy Pumpkins for days!! XD
~ e :)