a mecca to the big white apple

Writing Prompt: Ripped Into the Headline

Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper.

By zaji January 14, 2016

LAUREL – Surrounded by books from every genre, zaji wondered which one she should take with her to her appointment at the Apple store in Jackson, Mississippi. With an hour and a half ride ahead of her and a partner doubling as a quasi chauffeur, there would be time enough to read and possibly write. A trip to the Apple store had to be planned well.

For many Laurelites, the Apple store is a Mecca for technology lovers seeking quality computing products. A trip to the Apple store is like a trip to an amusement park. Zaji attests to the intrigue of shopping for everything Apple. “I’ve been an Apple user for nearly 30 years, when it was a tall rectangle box and a green command line.”

Most millennials under 30 years old, unless employed in some area of technology, are oblivious to command line computing. Having to tell the computer how to operate from a “C” prompt is something they are far removed from. “Most young people these days have no clue what I’m talking about when I use the term, command line,” says zaji. “They are accustomed to all functions of the computer being handed to them.”

What zaji says she loves most about the Apple store is the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. They are always ready to assist customers as quickly as possible. Zaji was in and out quickly, but not before roaming through the store and daydreaming about her next upgrade.
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“I’m looking forward to getting one of the gold Mac Books. It’s such a fun color, different for a computer,” states zaji.

Apple is a multi-million billion dollar corporation that produces millions of computer products distributed worldwide. They are at the top of the food chain of computer products, particularly desktop computing. Thousands of software are created yearly for the Apple computer and iPhone. Their user friendly operating system is what gives them the edge in the field of desktop and notebook computers.

Although Apple is a quality product, it is no stranger to controversy. Zaji acknowledges that her beloved Apple has been dealing with some unwanted press in recent years. “While I love Apple, I’ve recently learned of some unsavory business practices that I must address. While they may sugarcoat their employment practices and working conditions, they essentially are paying factory workers in China slave wages and subjecting them to unethical, dangerous and unsanitary conditions that have led to some workers committing suicide.” Zaji says she is a loyal Apple user, but is hopeful that Apple will clean up its act so she can, with a clear conscience, continue being a proud Apple user. She’s clear, however, that if things don’t change, she will be leaving Apple.

She ends with optimism. “Apple is the best computer out there. They’ve been around for decades and have come a long way from when they were Macintosh. I had the opportunity to experience the PC when I was in the United States Army in Germany. After returning to America, I found a job at Booz Allen & Hamilton shortly after completing my under graduate studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. It was at Booz that I was reintroduced to the Apple and fell in love all over again. After years of comparison, I realized that Apple was the love of my life.”

Zaji currently owns a Mac and does all her writing and business on it. Her day consists of honing her craft, graphic design and website development for authors, writers and publishers. She encourages non-Apple users to give the Mac a try for a year and visit the Apple store periodically to check out the new things Apple has created. Touch and feel is her motto when it comes to Apple. She believes that her Mecca can be your Mecca too.

“You won’t be sorry,” she says. “They never fail to wow you.”

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