You folks are not going to believe this, after all the soul-searching I did before buying my Nook e-reader. The thing is, and I tell Cliff to remember this also, once he retires, a lot of this buying fun-but-needless things is going to stop.
So it was almost Valentine's Day, which Cliff and I largely ignore except for my using it as an excuse to eat at Olive Garden. The more I surfed and studied, the more I wanted an Ipad. I began dropping this bomb on my husband in small doses.
When these gadgets first came out, I recall saying to my daughter, "Why would I need an Ipad?"
She replied, "You don't."
Now I realize that those of you who have fancy phones that surf the Net are used to this type of thing. We've never needed such phones, nor could we justify the expensive plan that would be required to use them.
My first reason for wanting an Ipad was that it's a compact way to carry my computer with me. I've already added all my music and some pictures from my computer. If we manage to go on some motorcycle trips after Cliff retires, space is at a premium in the little trailer we pull. The Ipad is, first and foremost, a very compact computer.
As I studied the situation more, I found out that by buying an Ipad with 3G capabilities, I can get on the Internet, for a fee, any time I want, without signing up for a full-time plan. Whoa!!! So when we visit Cliff's sister in St. Louis, I may be locked off their wi-fi, but I can buy some Internet time for $14. Sweet!
Don't get me started on the apps. Discovering all these things about my Ipad, I get the same sensation as when I watch beautiful, extravagant fireworks displays: Each one is better than the last. I went to PC Mag's website to get suggestions for the best apps to download. I didn't load a lot of them; many were games, and I don't need games. But there are some dandies.
There's an App for ABC television that lets you watch any of their shows on the Ipad. News apps from most any local or national TV station. All sorts of weather apps. Epicurious gives me recipes; I type in the ingredients I want to use, this app gives me a recipe.
Now, you ask, what about my Nook? I find I still prefer it for reading, although I did add it to the Ipad; you never know when Cliff and I might want to read books at the same time. I also added Kindle.
My daughter asked yesterday why I hadn't blogged about getting the Ipad. I don't know, maybe I felt a little guilty at spending so much of Cliff's money on foolishness, although he gave me the go-ahead before we got it. Or maybe I was so overwhelmed with its greatness I was speechless.
Whatever. Now the whole world knows.