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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Svelte

adjective

definition:  attractively thin; gracefully slender.

Although I've always thought the word sounded vaguely Scandinavian, it is actually borrowed from the French 'svelte', and directly related to the Italian 'svelto', both of which mean roughly “stretched out”.  

Apropos since I am currently stretched out on the couch, writing this post on my new toy which is indeed svelte; my new iPad.

I know, I know... I said I was planning to wait until the second generation iPad (with a camera) came out.  But two things conspired to send me home from the US with this new toy tucked into my carry-on:

1.  I'm not so good with the whole 'delayed gratification' thing.  Granted, I was doing pretty well with this.  We paid two visits to the Apple store on Broadway in Manhattan... and Zahava can testify that she was able to drag me from the store empty-handed (albeit sobbing) on both occasions.

2.  My parents have been wanting to get an iPad for themselves so my mom can do her daily reads (Times op-eds, news, magazines, blogs, etc.) without having to sit down at the dreaded computer.  The idea of being able to consume her media fix from the couch or a comfy chair without wires, mouse or other distractions was incredibly appealing to her. 

She had asked me to check out the iPad for her when I was at the Apple store, and if I thought it was a good fit for her, I would take her to the Apple store in Stamford to buy one.  What I didn't know is that once they saw how much I was jonesing for an iPad, they decided to surprise me at the Stamford store by buying two and handing one to me.

As the saying goes, resistance is futile. 

I can't remember why I ever used a computer, and have been happily reading and writing email and blog posts, reading the news, following my daily comics, reading books, listening to my iTunes collection and even watching TV shows and Movies; all on something smaller than an issue of InStyle or Cosmo.

Is it a computer?  No.  But it can do almost everything a computer can do...all while being described as 'svelte'.  On the rare occasion that I need a full blown computer, I'll book some time on one of the Macs belonging to Zahava or the kids. Lord knows they will all owe me some reciprocity for all the iPad time they are logging.

I am a happy camper.

Posted by David Bogner on August 29, 2010 | Permalink

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The lack of Flash compatibility concerns me. It is a very cool toy, but I want mine to do just a little bit more.

Posted by: Jack | Aug 29, 2010 10:25:29 PM

So I said to Morey, I sez: "Bogner got an iPad"
Morey: "I hate him."
Me: "His parents bought it for him when they saw how much he was jonesing for one."
Morey: "I really hate him."

Use it in good health!

Posted by: Alissa | Aug 29, 2010 11:59:10 PM

drooling!!! Mazel Tov.
Does this mean we get MORE posts from you?

Posted by: Kiwi Noa | Aug 30, 2010 2:19:00 AM

Not what I needed to read! How can I resist now?

Posted by: Ilana-Davitata | Aug 30, 2010 1:23:34 PM

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