My journey on Fitbit!

I got an email from my “Fitbit” place. Apparently I have been good, and so I am given the SERENGETI badge! Whatever that is! So I opened the site and it says this.

Congrats on earning your Serengeti badge! There is an image of a giraffe in a background of lush green. I tried to copy the image here, but it is not possible to do that. Anyway, this is the message under the image.


You’ve earned the Serengeti badge

You may not have seen wild beasts, giraffes or zebras on this trek, but you have walked 500 miles—the same distance as the Serengeti, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

Are you kidding me? I walk a couple of miles and I think I have climbed the Everest without oxygen. I am aware that the miles accumulate and over a week I know that I have walked 15 to 20 miles. But 500 miles?? Come on! I think Fitbit is all confused out of its mind. May be I need to change the battery.

Oh, and talking about batteries, my iPad is going kaput. Actually it is not my iPad. When Sayeed became a Board Member of the local hospital, (Huge deal), he was given a lot of fine things, and a couple of trips to places like Scottsdale AZ. Among those freebees, he also got a brand new iPad. So, because he loves me so much, he decided to give me his old iPad. It really was OLD!

But I loved it…until Tuesday night. Some of you know that I paint every night from about 9:30 till almost 11. It relaxes me. I use the iPad to look at photos and or different sceneries to paint. On Tuesday night, I couldn’t get it to open to my pages, and I noticed that the 100% battery juice was going down fast. Within like twenty minutes it was down to 65%.
Yesterday I took the thing to Interstate Battery place, in driving snow and sleet. M thought I was crazy. He doesn’t paint, how would he know how I felt? Anyway, the guy there looked at it, and said “Yeah I can put the battery in, but, not today. There are five people ahead of you. So you will have to bring it in tomorrow morning. The cost would be $100.” I thought it was worth it. And decided that before I go into the studio for exercise at 10:30 in the morning, I would drop the iPad off and pick it up an hour later.

Came home, also in driving snow, almost like a white out, and got into the garage. Told M what happened, and he said, “Zakiah don’t waste $100 on an old iPad! I will buy you a new one.” What ? What? Come again? I couldn’t believe him. I asked him if he was serious. And to prove that he was, he went into Amazon and got me a 7th generation iPad with 32 or 34 GB.
I will get it tomorrow!

I am still reeling.

{{I don’t know what happened to my type set. I notice that the lines have space between them which were not present earlier in the post}}

Came across an old poem of mine, and thought I would post it here.

This face of mine will change
the memory of my name will fade
my voice, if you remember
will remain my identity.

Time tyrannizes,
always changing
and if we meet again
hurdling over the vagaries of time,
my voice, if you care to remember
will remain my only identity.

I had written this in ’10, it seems. I am not sure if it is in my first book. I hope it is. Thank you for reading.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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13 Responses to My journey on Fitbit!

  1. rushmorejudd says:

    Loved your poem. And M is right. The companies who make PC like devices often stop supporting them and even with a new battery they begin to slow down and not operate very well.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Rush. I am so happy that you liked my poem.
      Yes, I agree how things can get old and continue to get weaker in their performance. I am excited that I am getting a new iPad.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Glad you got a new ipad.

  3. My goodness – fit bit and iPad; you have more tech stuff than I do! Good for you!

    • Zakiah says:

      Fit bit was a gift from Carlos Carrion (Remember him from Xanga?) He had come to visit us from California, and brought that for both of us. I have had that for a couple of years now. The iPad, I haven’t received it yet. It is supposed to come today according to Amazon.

  4. murisopsis says:

    The Fitbit tracks and records from the moment you start — those 500 miles are cumulative not a weekly tally. I’m so happy that M decided to get you a new one! The old one wasn’t worth $100!
    ps – the poem is very good. I only wish I could remember my father’s voice…

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you for explaining that Val. I had given up on trying to calculate all the miles I had walked in the last few months. I know it wasn’t 500.
      I hope you will recall at least some of your father’s expressions as he talked with you or your mother. Love.

  5. Your poem is heart-touching, SweetZ!
    YAY for Fitbit AND a new iPad! Both can be life and joy enhancers! 🙂 Keep enjoying your journey! 🙂 And thank you for adding joy to all of our journeys!
    HUGS!!! 🙂 Happy Saturday!!! 🙂

  6. Love the poem. I don’t have either of those devices but I’m glad you were able to get a new ipad. How awesome. Enjoy
    LOL–that’s a lot of miles. Me thinks your fitbit was a bit confused. 😉

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Elizabeth. I am happy I have a new iPad. It is so much thinner and more sleek than the older one that I have.
      I think Fitbit was not confused. I was the one who was confused. Murisopsis, (Val), the intelligent and smart cookie told me the reason for the 500 miles of walking. It is a cumulative thing from the day I first had it on my wrist. It has been almost four years. Hah! Who Knew?

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