Monday, April 20, 2009

Luddite

I hate technology. This is a fact. I was the last person I knew to get a cell phone and still hate the fact that I just can't get a phone that is a phone. I don't want it to play music. I don't want it to take pictures. I don't want it to send me email. I don't want it to pretend to have a GPS. I want my phone to take calls that I ignore. That is what I expect from a phone... but I digress. I was talking about how I don't like technology. I have a laptop that performs regular laptop functions. I have a printer that performs regular printer functions. I have simple needs.

That being said, I found something that one day I MUST own. As much as I hate technology, I LOVE books. I like their smell. I like their content (generally speaking). I like to read a book in bed at night and wake up to it on my pillow in the morning. I like books littering my car, my purse, my living room. I go to bookstores, and used bookstores, and yard sales, and the internet... and come away with loads of books.

This weekend I moved for the fourth time in two years (if you count the flood and moving to the basement in my old digs) and realize that books are heavy... and bookshelves are awkward to lift. The sad part of this story is that I still have all the books in my parents attic that I didn't bring when I moved to Provo. Spoiler alert... that will be ANOTHER fun day of moving in the not too distant future. The other day on the internet my love of books almost beat my hatred of technology when I stumbled upon this:
What is it, you ask??? Only a genius idea... And Kindle2! I didn't even know about Kindle1. Now I have not yet held a Kindle2 in my hot little hands to see if it lives up to the hype, but a guy I know has a brother-in-law who swears by his Kindle2. If that isn't ringing endorsement enough for you! It has wireless access to Wikipedia for Heaven's Sake!!! So, my birthday is in several months and if all two semi regular readers start saving... I think you could get me the gift that says, "I love you." Just a suggestion...

5 comments:

Alan said...

Keep dreaming. Who do you think I am? Mr. Moneybags? You'll just have to make due with your water-damaged paperbacks for now.

smithfieldman said...

I would like to see what the hype is all about, too. I just don't see me ever spending that much for a device that only has Amazon-approved books though.

The Rage said...

How did you not know about it? I don't think that you were ever a true bookworm! The world doesn't make sense anymore. I need a drink.

Casey said...

I have wanted a Kindle since before they were released.

As far as your aversion to technology, I seem to recall your reluctance to have a cell phone, for years. Then you got one and couldn't stop texting. So do it. Once you go high tech you will never go back. The only thing is, don't get an iPhone. No one should have an iPhone. Go G1!!!

Alan said...

I agree with Casey. Go iPhone.

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