Music and Words

April 5, 2010

The iPad Story

Filed under: Words — melomania @ 7:46 pm
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I woke up nice and early (hey, 8:30 is really early for me on my day off) on Saturday morning to go stand in line at the Apple Store for an iPad. I had already reserved one as soon as they were available to be reserved and I was excited to get my hands on one before I was going to go flying with my dad. As I got ready to leave, the puppy decided it was time for her walk and started to bark at me. Instead of giving her a walk, I took her with me.

The Apple Store here in Tucson is located in an upscale outdoors mall and they are very pet-friendly. It wasn’t completely out of the blue.

We got there at about quarter to ten, and heard that the line for people who had reserved iPads was much shorter than it had been at 9, when the store opened, but it was still pretty long. We probably stood in line for a good 45+ minutes. Aria didn’t like it because I wouldn’t let her go explore and pick up the food that people had dropped on the ground.

By the time I finally got inside, Aria was ready to go home, so I didn’t stop to look at accessories. I just grabbed my box, flashed my debit card, and I was out of there.

We got home and I activated and synced the iPad to my laptop and played with it for a while (I’ll work on writing an actual “review” later) and then went flying with Dad. While we ate lunch, I got him hooked on the iPhone version of Flight Control. Now pay attention to that point, because it’s going to be relevant later.

We went flying, which was really fun, and then came home. I spent the rest of the night continuing to play with my new toy. I was only interrupted once, to go to Blockbuster and rent Sherlock Holmes. The dog came with me again and managed to escape from the car because she wanted to come inside with me. But this post isn’t about her.

On Sunday we had an Easter service in the morning, and I brought the iPad to show off to some friends. He lorded his iPhone over me for two, maybe three years. I feel it’s only fair for me to get a few weeks of being more technologically advanced than him. (Then he’s getting the 3G/GPS version, so I’ll have to shut up. Again.)

After church we had lots of people over for lunch and a couple of kids ran off with my iPad to play games on it. Then when they left my dad stole it and played Flight Control (which might actually be the only thing he knows how to do on the thing). After I finally got it back, the battery was almost dead (after probably 11 or 12 hours of game-playing) so I had to get my laptop and charge it.

I systematically rearranged all my iPhone and iPad apps on the screens according to which I use the most. Then tonight after work I stopped off at the Apple Store on my way home and bought a sleeve for the iPad and a bluetooth keyboard.

Because I hadn’t spent enough money already.

The keyboard is really nice though. I touch-type, and very quickly, so the software keyboard just wasn’t working out well if I needed to do any more than a sentence or two. This whole blog post has just been done on the bluetooth keyboard through the iPad WordPress app.

Pretty sweet.



  1. I like how you said you brought it to church to show off to “some friends” and then you switched to singular right away. 🙂

    Comment by fitzage — April 6, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    • I did show more people than just you. But you were particularly relevant to the story.

      Comment by Stephanie Bowyer — April 6, 2010 @ 11:17 am

  2. I also noticed this. My first thought was ‘pronouns need antecedents’.

    Comment by C T Hall — April 8, 2010 @ 10:45 am

  3. There, I fixed it. Everybody happy now?

    Comment by Stephanie Bowyer — April 8, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

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