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July 2010 - Volume 7 - Issue 1


Publisher’s Note

To Geek or Not to Geek?

Apple announced late last month that it had sold its three millionth iPad … without me. (Sigh.) How could such a thing happen? Usually when a new gadget comes out that I absolutely can’t “live” without, I just bat my baby blues, stick out my lower lip, pout for about 2 hours and presto … Carol’s begging me to buy it. After 39 years, have I lost my allure? All she did that day was show me her iPad — I mean her eye make-up remover pads.
Then last Saturday, I sank to a new low. I voluntarily said I would empty our loose change bank and take it to the counting machine. Now granted, we generally use this “found” money for grandkid surprises, but I really thought my time had come. It was $235 — good grief, I was half way to an iPad. But, nooooooooooooooooooo, Carol grabbed that cash for safekeeping like a gator at a chicken farm. Now, I don’t want you to think she controls the Felix purse strings, but I do have a bit of a reputation for frivolous purchases and impetuous shopping, so Carol likes to pretend that our credit cards are in a block of ice. If you still want something by the time the ice melts, then you should consider it … and just consider it. Carol can successfully belabor a purchase until it’s either out of stock or discontinued without blinking an eye. 
I even tried to get her in the mood by walking her through the Apple Store on Sunday. Of course, she focused on all the people waiting to get their iPads fixed, as opposed to the line of eager purchasers. She even tried to deflect me with questions about the new iPhone4, dangling that possible purchase. (But she’s a crafty woman, knowing it was a safe suggestion since they had suspended pre-orders weeks ago.)
And then yesterday, I caught a newscast featuring the inaugural release of the iPhone4. Just looking at all the people camping out for the latest and greatest got me thinking. Was I really that shallow and gadget obsessed? Did I always have to have the latest and greatest?  Is any material possession really worth a 5 or 6 hour wait? Was I a true Geek? Hey, my mom always told me apples were good for my health!
P.S.  By the way, Carol handed me a present yesterday — a magnifying glass. She said when I got the urge I should place it over my iPhone … and abracadabra, I’d have an iPad. 

Charles Felix, Publisher

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