Christmas 2006. My husband took great pride in the heavy, gift-wrapped box with my name on it. He wrapped it early in December so that it would linger under the tree, drawing out the mystery for most of the month. When I picked it up, I realized this puzzling present must have weighed about 20 pounds. As I shook it, all I could hear was rattling. Coal. Definitely coal.
On Christmas morning, after several breaks for coffee, cheese danish and egg casserole, this was my final gift to unwrap. When I removed the festive paper and opened the box, I found another box inside, propped on a few of my husband’s old college textbooks. Within the second box was an even smaller gift-wrapped package nestled among some geology samples. Romantic, I know.
When I unwrapped the final box, I was astonished and overwhelmed by my husband’s thoughtfulness and creativity. He had cleverly disguised my tiny new iPod Shuffle in a cluster of boxes. And that was the exact moment when the addiction began.
Since that holiday season nearly six years ago, I have not only owned an iPod Shuffle, but an iPod Nano, two iPhones, and an iPad. Their sexy, sleek design is a siren call for a gadget junkie like me. Most importantly, though, these devices allow me to organize and coordinate my life with military precision all from the palm of my hand. My dad, the former Marine, would be proud.
I use my iPad as a digital cookbook, portable television, game console, e-reader and sophisticated photo editor. My new iPhone wakes me up in the morning, outlines my daily agenda, organizes my grocery list, remembers all my passwords, fetches all my email, maintains my music collection and still manages to make the occasional phone call.
If you are a gadget geek like me, or considering purchasing a smart phone or tablet, stop by the library and check out the awesome collection of photo guidebooks we have for Apple and Android devices. The Columbia Public Library also offers regular classes to help you utilize your Apple or Android device to the max. If you already own one of these magical devices, then download DBRL’s list of staff-recommended apps (PDF).
And, when your simple curiosity has blossomed into full-blown techno-lust, you might consider checking out “The Digital Diet: The 4-Step Plan to Break Your Tech Addiction and Regain Balance in Your Life.”