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A Decade Without Jobs

Posted on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Dave!My personal hero is Steve Jobs.

He died 10 years ago today. I still remember when I found out he had passed. I had been out snorkeling at a reef in the glorious waters of Fiji...

Pretty red and orange fish.

TA sea snake!

Dolphins were all around the boat as we headed back to shore...

Dolphins jumping out of the water.

Dolphins speeding along at the bow of the boat.

It was a wonderful moment in my life. Then, as we came back into cellular range, I heard my iPhone beep that I had a text message. I ignored it because I didn't want to have an interruption of this perfect day. I loaded up my gear and trudged back to shore. For the entire walk back through warm waters as my feet gooshed into the mud below, my mind was distracted by the message notification. At the time I didn't get texts very often. Usually when I got a text it was bad news...

The guy ahead of me trudging back to the SCUBA shop in Fiji through the water.

So when I got to shore I was torn. Do I look at it or do I keep ignoring it? I pulled my iPhone from a waterproof pouch and saw that the text was from my brother. So now I had to read it. My brother never texted me, and the thought that something had happened to my parents or grandparents made avoiding it impossible. The text was four words: Steve Jobs has died...

TEXT: Steve Jobs has died!

I was absolutely crushed. I worshipped the guy, and the irony that I found out about his death on a device he had a hand in creating was not lost on me. But instead of being sad, I decided to appreciate the beauty in the world around me, just as Steve Jobs did. Since I was in Fiji, this was not difficult, even though it started raining like it had the day before...

Plantation Island in Fiji

When I flew back to Sydney, there were flowers piled in front of the Apple Store. THAT'S when I broke down...

Flowers in front of the Apple Store Sydney in 2011.

It was a gut-wrenching moment knowing that I'd never see him on stage delighting everybody with his "One More Thing" or hear new stories of his antics at Apple and out in the world. My life had been made more interesting with Steve Jobs in it. Now that he was gone, I knew there would be a hole there. And it's still there a decade later. I miss you, Steve...

Steve Jobs smiling and looking like a genius.

An interesting aside here... Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011. But I was in Fiji, which was in the future because of the time zone change. Which means I always remember the date as October 6th, 2011... so for me, Steve Jobs had one more day on this earth.

If you go to Apple's website right now, there's a nice tribute movie to Steve Jobs and a statement from the Jobs family that's worth a read.

UPDATE: The video has been posted to YouTube...

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  1. Every time I hear about Apple I think about you, although I have to say that on my recent Alaska fishing trip, there were three of us, one I had never met before, and he had worked at Apple for years before starting his own company and I have to say that is the only guy other than you who was totally APPLE. He was impressed that I had a 4S, and maybe also embarrassed that I thought the S stood for Steve.

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