Yep, I realize that technology is moving at a breakneck pace. And yep, I realize that all these cool gadgets and gizmos actually can make my life easier. Do I have any of 'em? Nope. Well, not many. Besides the actual computers in my house, a very basic GPS unit, and a mini-recorder that I take to band practice, I literally have nothing cool or “with-it”. I guess that makes me old. Okay.
Don’t get me wrong, here, it isn’t because I don’t desire some of these items. I just don’t believe I actually need them and so I don’t have them. Would I love to try out a Kindle or a Nook? Absolutely. But, as long as the local thrift store has books for one-dollar, I can’t see me spending all that money just to try something I may not like. All I need is something else to charge or buy extra batteries for. Naw. Books work for me.
Ah, yes, the iPhone. You bet your socks I want one. But they cost a *lot* of money, and the plans are ridiculously expensive, too. I don’t give a hoot about giving or receiving text messages or games or applications of any kind. I would, however, love to jump onto the Internet from wherever I happen to be at the time. That, friends and neighbors, sounds super cool. But worth hundreds of extra dollars? Nope. Guess I’ll just continue to check messages when I get home. Not that big a deal.
The iPad? Fuggetaboudit. That thing just oozes awesome. Unfortunately, the price tag does, as well. Looks like it’s Etch-A-Sketch and Lite Brite for me.
The one iPod we had, the great big model that was just slightly smaller than a microwave oven, broke years ago and we haven’t replaced it. I have a tiny MP3 player made by Sansa that was like forty-bucks at the Radio Shack. No, it doesn’t have ten gigs of space and it won’t tell me when I’m lost, but it plays music and does so reliably. Is the iPod cooler? Sure. Is it way more expensive than forty-bones? You bet. Looks like the Sansa stays.
One technological device I’ve been trying to get my hands on is an EMF reader. The Sweetie won’t let one in the house because she’s afraid the needle will ping at a certain spot, and she’d rather not know if ghosties are here. Sigh. Looks like I’m even relying on good old fashion intuition for that stuff, too.
Is there anything currently available that you do not or will not have? Why? Does price play a part in that decision, or do you just not feel the need to be constantly connected to the rest of the world, during every single waking minute of your life? For me, it’s a little of both. I’m a writer, not a real estate investor, and so I don’t have a lot of money to throw around. However, even if I did, I’m not sure I’d get the iNewst-things-available. Just saying.