I dropped the iPod tonight. Even its soft canvas holster case wasn't enough to keep its click-wheel from harm. It still plays, I just can't press the bottom of the click-wheel to turn it off. Thankfully, to save the battery, I can fast-forward to the end of a song or podcast and then wait for it to turn off by itself.
This would normally be a traumatic occurrence for me, but I played with it a bit and decided that I can live with a less than perfect iPod. Anyway, I don't want to spend any money to repair or replace my mini. Not while I'm lusting after the new iPod touch. It'll be my next favorite thing. I thought about the iPhone for a bit, but ultimately decided that I'm just not enough of a phone guy to want that. My basic Samsung flip-phone is just fine, I don't work in advertising, I'm not Drew Domkus, and I'd just be worried about running down my battery playing music and watching videos and not be able to make a call later if I really needed to.
My phone is for emergencies, and my iPod is for making me smile. I think that the iPod touch would make me smile a lot. It may take me a year or more to afford the purchase, but I'll love it and I'll cherish it and I promise that I'll never drop it onto the locker room floor.