Apple Pay: 0-60 in About 5-Years

The Pony Express Barn and Museum in Marysville, Kansas

The Pony Express Barn and Museum in Marysville, Kansas

There is a lot of internet buzz about the all new Apple Credit Card that just came out. But people forget that Apple Pay has been out for nearly 5 years now (Apple Pay first started in the United States on October 20th 2014). When I go overseas on travel I am always amazed at just how prevalent contactless payment is over there. You can use Apple Pay virtually anywhere in the major cities across the UK (specifically in the London area where I have made several trips). Compare that to the US and I still can’t use Apple Pay to pay for my groceries and up until very recently it was very hard to find a gas station that would accept it either. Very few of my normal haunts allow me to use Apple Pay. Why is the US so far behind?

Our lack of progress here in the US was really driven home to me last month while I was on vacation in Kansas. I went to Marysville, Kansas to visit the Pony Express barn and museum. I walked into the 150 year-old barn and was able to use my Apple Watch (via Apple Pay) to pay for admission to the museum and buy a few books. Seriously?!? Come on, if I can use Apple Pay in a 150 year-old Pony Express barn why is it so blasted hard to get contactless payments in a major grocery store chain and at gas stations? In less than 2 months the Pony Express went from ZERO to operational back in the 1860s. Fast forward to 2019 and even after 5 years we can’t get contactless payments into many of our chain stores. Some of our current day retailers have a lot to learn from the folks that started the Pony Express about how to rapidly set something up. But the lesson should probably end there because the Pony Express only lasted about 18-months and I like my local grocery store chain (despite their draconian payment methods).

1000 Workouts

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Last night I hit a rather interesting and surprising milestone...my 1000th Apple Watch workout! I received my Apple Watch exactly 1579 days ago. That means in over 4.25 years there were only 579 days out of the 1579 days that I didn’t complete a workout. That’s a 63% success rate.

That may not seem like that big of a success, 63%. But I’ve gone through 2 launch campaigns (during which I have to work very long hours making workouts nearly impossible). I have also traveled more in the last 2 years than I have in all the years of my career previous to that combined...a seriously insane amount of traveling. So given all that, I take this milestone and 63% as a huge win.

I’ll go even further, each and every workout any one of us does is a huge win...period. One of the great things about Apple Watch is that it gives each of us these badges and other nudges of encouragement to keep going. Another sneaky thing the watch does is it makes it easy to connect with friends and share workout summaries with them. Nothing gets you off the couch faster than getting a notification that a friend or family member just finished another workout. If they can do it they I can too, right?

Sharing My Commonplace Book

Photo by Jan Kahánek on Unsplash

Photo by Jan Kahánek on Unsplash

During the past 8-months I may not have been writing much here on 1WaySwim but I certainly was reading a lot. One of the things I started doing with books I read is to highlight and keep track of passages and quotes from the book. Anything I come across that is impactful or has some kind of meaning for me I save for later. I save all of these passages and quotes in what is called a Commonplace Book. Commonplace Books have been around a really long time and the point behind them is simply this…to capture important knowledge. What is important? That is completely up to the individual.

But the real value of my Commonplace Book is that I read through the information I save at a later time. I keep my Commonplace book in a digital tool called Ulysses (in fact it is the editor I am writing this blog post in now). You can keep a Commonplace Book in a physical book or just about any digital tool for taking notes, but the two main reasons I use Ulysses is for its organizational tools and for how well it ties into the iOS automation tool “Shortcuts.” Everyday I can pick up my iPad or my iPhone and press a single button and my device presents me with a random entry from my Commonplace Book. It’s a great way to revisit important facts and quotes from things you have read.

Which brings me to the purpose of this post. My Commonplace Book is getting large enough that I figured it was time to start sharing some of my favorite nuggets of information from books I have read. So I set up an automation in Shortcuts that lets me take a random Commonplace Book entry and put it out on Twitter once a day. So if you want to know the type of information I find interesting from books, follow my 1WaySwim account on Twitter. Not on Twitter? Not a problem. Just check out my Reading List & Quotes page here on this site. On that page I list the books I am currently reading, the last few books I have completed and at the bottom of the page I have my latest few tweets of quotes from my Commonplace book.

I have just barely scratched the surface of the Commonplace book topic with this post. I have a whole series of articles I will be publishing soon on GeekDad about Commonplace Books so stay tuned for that if you want to know more or are interested in starting one for yourself.

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