Thankfully I continue to regard my phone as a tool, not as my master, and it spends more time turned off than turned on. As for apps, I abjure everything except those essential to achieve a goal - for example the app my gym forces me to use to make an appointment. As for buskers, I was for 19 months fortunate enough to live in Lausanne and street musicians came in all levels of quality, from the worst hack on a banjo to professional opera singers, orchestral cellists, and once a superb classical guitar player. I'd always stop on my way to or from the gym, toss a couple of CHF into their hat or pail, and pass a few minutes thinking how fortunate I was to be in such a place.

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