I’ve been home since Tuesday. My bags are not unpacked. This and the fact my wife did the laundry before we left for home makes packing for my flight tomorrow a lot easier. It’s made it so easy that I haven’t started yet, unless you count putting the suitcase on the floor in front of me while I play with all my toys.
It’s the toys the brought me to the table tonight. I fear I may be 100% on Fonzie’s shoulders as he makes that fateful jump over the technology shark. Within just feet of me I have:
All of these things will be in my backpack as I depart for my nine-day work trip to the Caribbean. All of the items except the digital book reader are fully tested and vital to my travel survival. [This is not to mention the portable XM radio player that is a complete luxury and one of my new favorite toys.] The book reader was a holiday gift. At first, my neo-Luddite tendencies bristled at the idea of a book reader. Everybody likes the feel of a book in their hands, right?
Then I thought about it for about two seconds. I canceled my newspaper subscriptions about five years ago and have never missed holding an actual paper. I read 100% of my news online. What’s more, when I travel, the weight of my pack is always an issue. I generally carry two books for a week-long trip. If either or both of those books are hardback, that’s a lot of unnecessary weight. The digital book reader weighs nine ounces and is 6.9″ x 4.8″ x 0.3″. It’s easy to slip in my bag. If the specs are right, I can read 10-15 books on the thing on one battery charge. It also came with about 500 free books. The reader will get its first run on this week’s trip. I don’t think I’ll ever go completely digital in my reading, but I like the idea of being able to carry dozens of books with me wherever I go and have it weigh next to nothing.
There used to be a time I thought I not only could, but wanted to live without tons of technology. These days, I can’t imagine going a week without any of my toys.
Or, as the saying goes, I’m not selling out. I’m buying in.