For months now, I've been walking around with my white iPhone looking naked as the day it was produced in an Asian factory by poorly paid workers. Time and time again, my loved ones have told me to buy a case for it. They would show me the evidence of their similar mistake. Their screens glowed through spiderweb-looking cracks. "Dude, just buy a case," they'd say. But I didn't. I  just like how the phone looks without a clunky case around it. Steve Jobs really knew what he was doing. Not just because he designed the phone so beautifully, but because the damn thing breaks if you so much as sneeze on it. That's some evil genius right there. Still, I was basically spitting in the face of the cell phone gods, begging them to give me a huge case of the butterfingers and send my phone tumbling to the ground. Every time I dropped it, I let out a sigh of relief when I picked it up and found it still intact. ---

I knew my luck would eventually wear out, and it did. Holding a coffee in one hand, my purse, a magazine and my phone in the other, my hands buckled under the pressure and down went Humpty Dumpty. I lifted up my phone and there were the spiderwebs. First-world problems, right?

Now that I've been defeated, I figure it's time to shop for some protection. I was turned on to Recover cases at 5&A Dime (701 Eighth Ave., Downtown). They're made from different types of wood, including mahogany, walnut and cedar, giving your phone a cool juxtaposition between nature and technology and making you look super deep. Also, the protectors are more like a skin, so they don't look chunky. I guess I'm just a phone sizeist. 

According to their website, Recover isn't attempting to re-invent the iPhone cover, "just make it look good."

That's great because I'm totally into distinctiveness. Priced at $20, the covers are a bit cheaper than what you usually see in indie shops. I once saw an iPhone case priced at $37. That's just ridiculous. I assume the case was made of white tiger fur and I'm against that sort of thing. For a unique design that won't drain your Jack in the Box funds, the Recover phone skins are a great option. And they make cool skins for MacBooks and iPads, too:

 

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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