Two years ago this month, Boston had an unseasonably marvelous Sunday afternoon. I needed to go to the Apple Store on Boylston, and I decided to walk there with Jacoby. Apple Stores, as a whole, are known to be pet-friendly, and the Boston flagship store is no exception.
We were walking home after having my MacBook Pro checked by the lovely Geniuses, just enjoying the still-warm February evening and enjoying Boston, when…
…We met a boy.
A boy in a stroller. It was adorable. Jake was checking out the kid’s stroller, and the kid was checking out Jake’s. It was like when two vintage car owners see each other on the street, comparing chrome and fin height.
It took him a little while to screw up the courage, but finally the boy reached out and petted Jake. I couldn’t tell with the pacifier in his mouth, but I think he was smiling.
After we parted ways, Jake went back to looking at the fancy windows at Lord and Taylor. He always liked looking at those windows.
We are very lucky in that we live extremely close to a very good pet supplies store. Skövde’s DjurMagazinet is the equivalent of five Boston blocks from our apartment.
And they carry almost everything we need. The rest we can order online.
But they have our Bozita, our Vaisto raw, and everything else we need on a regular basis.
And of course they welcome pet visitors. And you know how Jacoby loves to help me shop.
He always makes sure we have gotten everything we need before we pay.
The staff all know Jake, of course.
With our purchases safely stowed in Jake’s light stroller, we’re homeward bound!
When Jacoby and I went to the Apple Store, I took some Hipstamatic photos of him on the red line train.
I love how riding the T is No Big Deal to him.
Jake was so happy to be back in his stroller!
He could not stop rubbing and head butting it.
He could do without the really screechy wheels, though.
He may look like a typical, blase commuter…
…but he can be as outraged at the T’s service as any Bostonian. This is why we’ll never get the Olympics.
The very first time Jacoby went to the Apple Store was back in 2011, when we went to get our brand new iPhone 3. It was a Massachusetts sales tax holiday, so everyone was trying to get a phone to save money, and we had to stand in line for a while.
That was his first, tiny stroller.
He seemed to enjoy himself.
And then, just for comparison, here we are on our most recent trip.
He still enjoys coming out on errands with me!
When you need to go to the Genius Bar at the Apple Store, you’re experiencing a multitude of emotions.
Of course, you’re totally stressed out and worried about your machine isn’t working right.
It’s almost like worrying about a sick loved one. Perhaps worse, since apart from AppleCare, your machine hasn’t got health insurance…which means it’s probably going to cost you.
Admittedly, there’s a certain thrill when you get to the Genius Bar.
And then, when you’re met and greeted by an Apple Store concierge, you feel so special.
But, once you’re checked in, you wait.