I was sipping a frozen drink overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a tropical island 3,000 miles from home when my cell phone rang.
It was a banking friend in Phoenix repossessing some computers.
"Can you swing by today or tomorrow and tell me what they're worth?" he asked.
"I'm in Maui," I said.
"Maui?" he asked. "How can you be in Maui when I dialed a local number?"
How my cellular company, Verizon Wireless, can track my whereabouts, then seamlessly and instantly route a call to me halfway around the globe truly is a miracle of technology.
Since it's summer vacation season -- and many of you, like me -- hope to leave your …