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iPhones and other New Sensations
Chris Mooney with his new iPhone - photo by Robin Gunn

Just call him iDude

Chris Mooney’s phone has been ringing off the hook since June 29, the day he became the first person in Savannah to buy an Apple iPhone.

“So far all I have done is show my phone to everybody,” he says.

That’s not entirely true. Mooney, a salesman for Backus Cadillac-Pontiac, has also been using his new iPhone to check the weather around the world, listen to music downloaded from his iPod, email clients, and watch a goofy Justin Timberlake music video on YouTube (something about a gift for his girlfriend that we’d rather not go into in print).

“This is the mack daddy of telephones,” says Mooney. “It just does everything.

“I have a friend in Baghdad that I text all the time, so I hit my world clock and it shows me Baghdad time,” he says, scrolling with his fingertip on the index-card-sized screen.

“I love New York so I hit weather, and it’s got the five day forecast.”

Within minutes of owning his iPhone, Mooney had his new toy up and running. “I was already an AT&T customer so I went online, went to iTunes and it came on, no problems. If it were a PC I’d still be learning it, but Apple is for dummies.”

About the only tricky feature is the notepad, with a keyboard that “takes a day or two to get used to.”

Purchasing the iPhone was a more time consuming process. On June 28, Mooney was tipped off that another potential iPhone customer was planning an overnight wait outside the AT&T store, the only local iPhone outlet. Mooney threw a chair into the back of his convertible and at 2:30 p.m. was the first in line, joined that evening by new friends and fellow line-sitters Jonathan, Jennifer and Grayson. (Mooney has their photos on his iPhone.)

“This is Bob, the AT&T southeast regional manager,” Mooney says, flashing another photo. “He would come out every thirty minutes to see if we needed anything. They brought us doughnuts in the morning.

“That was an expensive day,” says Mooney. “I’d do it all over again because, you know, I got the first one.”

Books + peach cobbler = sensational!

Last year, avid reader Genitha Singleton noticed a lone shelf of African-American books in a large bookstore chain.

“They had thousands of square feet of space. I thought, ‘there has to be more than one shelf’s worth of African-American books out there.’”

In April, Genitha and her husband Don opened Sensational Minds, an African-American bookstore, on Montgomery Crossroad. The store is “African-American owned, and 95 percent of our books are by African-American authors, with African-American characters,” says Genitha.

Hundreds of books fill the pristine and airy storefront located next door to Star Bike Shop. The fiction wall features authors Patricia Jones, Bernice L.McFadden, Tina McElroy Ansa, and Toni Morrison, to name a few. An expansive poetry selection includes collections by Antwone Fisher and Nikki Giovanni. Memoirs range from Barack Obama to comedians Bernie Mac and Wanda Sykes to educator Marian Wright Edelman.

Don has been pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the Ethnic Studies/Social Sciences section. “They’ll come in and see this section and they will not move from here.”

First time customer Dr. Lillian Williams visited looking for a book of affirmations for African-American preschoolers. Don found just the book she needed as a special order.

Williams browsed the cookbook section and went home with Soul Food: Recipes and Reflections from African American Churches. She buys cookbooks based on “whether I can see myself preparing the recipes and eating them. This one has peach cobbler so I said, ‘Hey, this one is for me.’ ”

Sensational Minds, at 129 East Montgomery Crossroad, is open Mon-Sat, 10-6. Call 927-8600.

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