Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I Made My Choice in the Tablet Wars

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This time I actually did it. After talking about a number of purchases that I had flirted with recently (including a Canon G12—still lusting after that), I started wanting a tablet. Although I liked a number of things about some other makes, ultimately the iPad stood out because of the superior display. Naturally, I want to put photos on mine. I might even use it occasionally for e-mail and reading blogs.

I placed my order last week after agonizing over the expense of this indulgence for a few weeks. Since the closest Apple store is a two-hour drive from our house, I talked to an Apple online rep. No way I wanted to make that four-hour round-trip drive to stand in line. The Apple rep was patient, informed, cheerful, and kind. We had a good time chatting. It made giving her my credit card number just a little less painful.

I know that the tablet won't take the place of my notebook, but I decided to take the plunge, anyway. Furthermore, there is no doubt that you will see posts, here, bemoaning my struggles as I learn to use a new device. I promise that I will try to keep the shrieks of panic to a minimum. Of course, I already have one complaint. I want the darned thing, yesterday. Still, in spite of that impatience, I am eagerly looking forward to the arrival of my first, ever, Apple product.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Don't Stand Near The Shaft

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The photo is another from Randsburg. As you can tell from the sign on the left, this is an open mine shaft. And, it is right smack dab in the middle of town. There really was silver in them thar hills.

Friday was a good news day. The Husband left the house to "just go check a horse's feet" and assured me that he would be home in less than half an hour. An hour and a half later, I called him to see if he was all right and to rib him about that half-hour thing. With a strange note in his voice, he informed me that he had ended up trimming the horse's feet. I was shocked and he seemed a rather surprised himself. The best part is that he said he felt great. No, the best part is that the next day, he still felt great.