Couple of thoughts:both have their advantages and disadvantages, but….I admit I looked twice to see what year this was written.
1) Did you know that there is a “notes” field in iCal, where you can type/copy/paste longer lines? Granted, you have to look at the notes field by clicking on the events. I used it to hold details for reading assignments of the “read pp 350-359, 400-430” etc. type (I recently finished a professional degree).
2) Back when I had an iPod (pre-touch) I could sync the calendars with it. You can certainly do it for the iPod touch. See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1296?viewlocale=en_US.
Bottom line: I’m a little curious about your actual use of technology and knowledge of it.
BTW I’m 50 :)