I’ve been accused of having too many gadgets. I confess, I have quite a few. However, I’m not one to rush out and buy the latest just because it’s new. I need to have a purpose for the gadgets that I get – not just so I can have something shiny.
Yesterday, however, I met my match. I was in Arby’s for lunch, and I noticed a woman whom I assumed to be in her 60’s (a dangerous assumption, I know.) She was sitting in the booth reading her Kindle, and had it propped up on an interesting stand. The stand appeared to be part of the Kindle cover and looked neat, so I asked her about it.
It turns out the the stand was a simple plate stand she had picked up from a hobby store. It folded nice and flat, and was a simple solution to a problem. She then proceeded to pull a high-tech stand out of her briefcase that she had ordered online. She said that the expensive one required her to take the Kindle out of its case, and it didn’t fit her iPad like the plate stand did.
She explained that she had bought an iPod Touch for its color display and the Kindle app. But, she wanted more “screen real estate” so she bought an iPad. She explained that she had multiple magazine subscriptions and the Kindle just wasn’t up to that. Her Kindle was currently loaded with 132 books.
I was curious what other tech goodies she would pull out of the bag, but I didn’t want to disturb her lunch. I was curious as to whether or not she was just a tech aficionado, or whether she had some occupation that required a steady stream of information. I also was curious as to what was on her reading list. However, i saved those questions. I sat with my sandwich and my Kindle, actually happy that I had found someone who could out-tech me with such style.