So I had to write a love letter to an inanimate object for my English class. I decided to go full cheese on writing one about my phone.

Dear Hammerhead,

While some may simply call you a Google Nexus 5, that name does not do you justice. I prefer to think of you with the exciting codename you were using while you were just a rumor that tech bloggers liked to write about. How alluring you have been to those in geek culture as your specifications and price were discovered and later confirmed. You truly were the belle of the ball that many other geeks wanted.

While some geeks looked to other smartphones built by companies with large marketing budgets, I have always loved the software freedom that you brought to me. Locked down popular phones built by companies named after fruit were never a temptation to me. The freedom you allow me to customize and tinker to my heart’s content is truly one of your greatest virtues. Besides you, there is no other.

When I didn’t think things couldn’t get any better, we placed a custom recovery on you and flashed a new ROM. New speed, customizations, and the latest the CyanogenMod operating system had to give us were now in our grasp. What a wonderful development that became in our time together. You can now be customized in ways that carrier branded phones couldn’t even think of. Every time we flash a new nightly ROM, it’s like opening a gift of new free things to enjoy with you.

We have been through a lot, everything from drops and bumps, to rain and dust. I do my best to protect you and I hope you are enjoying your new case. I’m hoping it will keep you protected from many of the other bumps we will encounter as we continue through life together. Hopefully we will be able to share many other geeky adventures together and have fond memories to look back on in our photo gallery.

Who is Paul Darr?

Paul Darr has lived in California, Oregon, Colorado, and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. Paul is also an Army Veteran, who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. On the political spectrum Paul is a Libertarian that advocates fiscal responsibility and social tolerance. Paul is currently employed as an IT Manager and is a father of a handsome boy and beautiful daughter. In his free time Paul enjoys reading, using and modifying open source software, gaming, and several other geeky pursuits.

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