Okay, I know that title is creepy, but that’s not what I meant. I didn’t mean that I’m kneading the nerd next to me. I’m more or less being overtaken by the inner Geek . . . the part of me that can’t live without a computer. Five years ago I would have never believed that to be possible – that I even had an inner geek. Oh, sure, I grew up with glasses. And I was dressed by my momma until I was 15. But I hated anything electronic. I wouldn’t even watch t.v. – let alone talk on the phone unless I HAD to.
Then my brother urged me to get a computer.
Oh, no, I’d said. I love books. I have a typewriter. I would never do research on a computer, let alone get email.
Well, I’m here today to inform you that I’m the proud owner of 3 computers, a cell phone, and an iPad 2. We are not a 3 computer family. No . . . all 3 computers are mine. As is the iPad 2. However, I only got the cell phone so I can talk to my husband when I’m at the coffee shop playing with my computer. I still hate phones.
It all started when my brother – the same brother who had urged me to get a computer – found a used one that I could afford. I bought it, he shipped it to me – he lives in NY – and I suddenly found myself with a homemade laptop. It weighed as much as a sack of potatoes and was the size of a cinder block. I also didn’t have anyone to teach me how to use it. I had never even touched a computer before, so I actually had to call my brother to find out how to open it. It didn’t take me long, however, to learn how to use a few of the programs. But it was too old to hook up to the internet. It was like trying to get Grandpa on a skateboard. Then . . . in the way of really, really old things, it began to wheeze, urinate on itself, and eventually die.
So I got myself another laptop, this time a new Toshiba. I’d been through a lot already with my Toshiba. I’ve been through two operations with her – a new fan and a new hard drive. I’ve written and edited two books on her. I’ve stored thousands of pictures. I’ve played an unhealthy amount of games on her. I’ve logged so many hours on her I attribute the tic under my eye and the mysterious rash on my wrist to radiation poisoning.
Then about a month ago, my little Toshiba keeled over dead. Right in the middle of writing my blog. There was a little beep, she shut off . . . and then just grew cold. I took her to Allied Technologies the next morning and left her. It was the motherboard. She needed a new motherboard.
So while they were giving her a much needed transplant, I went to Best Buy and got another laptop. Oh, I already had a desktop. But I couldn’t write very well on my desktop. I need white noise when I write – like the din of a coffee shop or a bakery/deli – not the opening strains to Perry Mason. My husband watching t.v. and me writing book # 4 did not mix. So I needed something mobile to cart around.
Meet Asus, Toshiba’s little brother:
The surrounding mess is the debris I generated trying to get it logged on, backed up, connected, downloaded, and running.
But all this is not the geekiest part. It was buying the iPad 2. I don’t have cable, so frankly, I didn’t even know what an iPad was. I’d seen random advertisements for them, but as far as I knew, they were asking $500 for a doo-dad to play games on. Then friends of ours showed me theirs.
Games, photo apps, research tools, websites, email, facebook, twitter . . . But the selling point came when they showed me how they underline various publications using only their finger.
Yee-haw. I gotta’ get me one a those, Grandpa!
I can’t explain it. I fell in love. It was the same feeling I get when I see a puppy, or a kitten. Or even Lil’ Drac – the orphaned fruit bat: ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/10/lil-drac-orphaned-bat_n_1141191.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false )
So I got one. Not a fruit bat. An iPad 2.
Now being the sophisticate I am, the first thing I did was use their ‘photo booth’ app to take pictures of my husband. Now before I go any farther, let me assert that my husband is a handsome guy without a vain bone in his body. . .
. . . Which is what made this next series of photographs possible. . .
And my personal favorite . . .
‘Do You Want Fried Rice With That?’
Of course my iPad 2 has the ability to do videos. So once I figure out how to get them on this blog . . .
Until then . . .
May the force be with you.
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