I am a gadget guy, as I have stated previously. I understand that it is a weakness, but I don’t care. When I see the thing, I want the thing.
Over the last five or six years I have gathered around me the following:
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This is basically a keyboard with a little led screen (think calculator). I’ve had it for quite some time. There are seven AA batteries in it that I’ve never had to change. It’s tough. You can drop it. It has 8 files to hold whatever writing chaos running through my mind at any given time. My daughter uses it more than I do, but I love it anyway.
We all know what a Garmin is, right? I can hardly go to the corner store without glancing at my GPS navigator. I love watching the cross streets pass by, changing my icon from car to truck to pirate ship and I really dig it when it changes from light background and dark streets to dark background and light streets. It knows when it gets dark. My Garmin’s name is Gary. Gary has a woman’s voice. And when Gary says, “Arriving at destination,” it sounds like she’s just found the man of her dreams.
I don’t have one of those fancy iPod Touches. I’ve got the big 80 gig monster that will hold anything and everything I feel like uploading, including thousands of pictures, thousands of songs, probably 100 audio books, lots of podcasts and an episode of Madmen. I used to fantasize about filling it up, but I’m no longer sure that’s possible. My iPod is most used in my truck, floating on a docking station just below my Garmin. They take care of each other.
Ah, love the Kindle. Love it a LOT. This reader is magic as far as I’m concerned. Wrapped in a leather holding case, it’s just like holding a book. I also love paper books, but my Kindle is the perfect combination of my love of books and my love of gadgets. Just writing about my Kindle makes me want to go read something on it right now. The screen is like paper, or as close as it can get.
This list is getting ridiculous, I know. But the Skycaddie is my buddy on the golf course. Whatever course I play, it tells me dutifully how far I am from the hole, keeps my score for me, shows me where the hazards are and doesn’t criticize my ugly swing. It hasn’t improved my game one stroke, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything. (This is my second Skycaddie. My sister got it for me last year when I was visiting her in Arizona. I love my sister.)
Oh, iPad. I want you so bad. I want to hold you in my hands, trace my fingers across your touch screen. May I please brose the web with you, read and answer my E-mails, write my next short story, watch a movie or go through my photos. I luff you so much. I must resist. Luckily it won’t be available until after my birthday or things might get ugly. I’m afraid I’ll have to fantasize from afar for now. Goodness knows I have enough, more than enough gadgets to keep any sane man happy.