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It boogles my mind sometimes

Going against my wishes, Husband bought me a Kindle. He was right, I did really want one, I just didn’t know it. Instead of writing I have been reading.

Embracing new technologies is not my thing, I have Luddite tendencies. When Apple came out and Microsoft invented Windows to compete with the new easier operating system, I clung to barefoot DOS. All those icons seemed ridiculous when all you had to do was type a short script at the prompt. Nowadays, I can hardly remember any of those commands. In my defense, Windows did take a long time to do anything and was really expensive. My dumb terminal and 300 baud modem were as modern as I wanted to be. 300 baud was a great speed for me, I prided myself on being able to read each new line as it scrolled on the screen. Now, I get frustrated when my connection doesn’t bring up a complete web page in seconds.

It’s ironic that I think of my self as old-fashioned type of person because when I discovered science fiction it was true love. The year I was 12, I decided to read the entire sci-fi section in our little branch library, starting at Asimov and working my way to Zelazny.Unfortunately, such a disciplined approach was problematic, since other people had the audacity to check out and return books out of alphabetical order, with complete disregard for my plan. I haven’t achieved my other goal which was to either live on the Mars Colony or the Lunar Space Station, which isn’t as contradictory with my back to the land phase as it appears at first glance, if you think about it. However, my life now is better than any thing I imagined back then. Even with having to deal with the effects of gravity, I’m content here.

I like to say that we are living the lives that I read about when I was a kid. Some of the futuristic stuff has come and gone already! Cell phones are totally beyond even Captain Kirk’s away team communicators. Uhura had a blue tooth in her ear to communicate with the huge computer on the Enterprise. We have asceptic packaging, it’s even more common here in Mexico than it is nob, I routinely buy milk and cream in boxes that don’t require refrigeration until they are opened. The ubiquitous microwave is the flash unit of Heinlein’s stories. Enormous flat screen TVs and tiny laptops are straight out of the Foundation Trilogy, especially when you throw in VOIP systems like Skype and Vonage!

It’s all so amazing, maybe I am not such a Luddite afterall?

About Theresa

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!

15 comments

  1. Thank you Leslie! I am being dragged kicking and screaming into this century!
    regards,
    Theresa

  2. Congrats on your Kindle! I’m sure you’re going to love it just as much as the rest of us! 🙂

  3. Thanks Jean for taking the time to write back and give me the scoop on where to begin. I’ll add it to the list of books to be found and read!

    regards,
    Theresa

  4. Shoulda previewed:
    envy
    Good Omens

  5. Dear Theresa, if you can find The Colour of Magic or Guards! Guards! you’ll be at the beginning of Pratchett and I envie you so much! He’s got an amazing list of DiscWorld & other books, his collaboration with Neil Gaiman – Good Omen – is one of the most funny, evil, tender, smart send-ups of religion & childhood “innocence” you’ll find. He’s been diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer’s, striking him at an early age – mid 60s and the thought of that amazing mind not delivering a fresh DiscWorld to me every year is sadsadsad. Dan Simmons Hyperion saga is an amazing “quest” story, with strong females, amazing projections on religion, poetry, history, technology. I hope you can find some of these, I love to recommend them. I wish I could have these tales erased from my memory to read and reread them again.

  6. Refried Dreamer,Many books are cheaper than their hardbound and paperback versions. There are lots of free books out there, but most of them aren’t current best sellers. But as my friend BK said,”If I haven’t read them, they are new as far as I am concerned.” I don’t think you can trade books if they are in the Kindle format.

    Ron, I have the little netbook so that works for me as a small portable computer, especially as I am going to change the operating system to Linux. However,I wanted something I could use to read in the hammock before I fell asleep, the Kindle fits that bill.

    Karen, I remember reading Anne McCafferty’s “Dragon Rider” series and really liking it. I’ve read a lot of Piers Anthony’s stuff too, I think of him as more fantasy then sci-fi. I love the puns.

    Gloria, if I lived in California and had access to the great public library system, I probably wouldn’t want a Kindle. The Merida English Language Library is great but they don’t have the resources that the California Public Library System has, especially the intra-library loans.
    I wouldn’t know what to do with an IPOD either.

    Steve, yup especially for us that will read anything including cereal boxes.

    Madame Pliers, Keeping in practice reading and writing English is why I started blogging, or rather one of the reasons I started blogging.
    Occasionally, I notice a more Spanish phrasing in a sentence or two that I have written, usually before I hit publish.
    I firmly believe that if you want to write well you must read what others have written, so I am off to read your post!

    Jean, I have heard of Terry Prachett but I think I need to start at the beginning of his series to understand the books. I don’t think I have ever seen any of his books here in Merida. I haven’t heard of Dan Simmons. I am hopelessly out of touch with current writers sometimes. I will check him out too.

    regards,
    Theresa

  7. I’m hoping for a Kindle Christmas. And on the subject of speculative fiction – have you read any Terry Pratchett, aka The Cleverest/Funniest specfic writer around… and the Dan Simmons Hyperion novels, an amazing work.

  8. Oooooohhhhh, Theresa!

    Your husband is sooooo sweet! I would have been waiting until hell froze over before mine would have popped up with a Kindle. In his defense, at 74, he just took his first 2 Internet classes and can now use the Gmail address I created for him!!!

    I LOVE my AmazonKindle, which I bought just before I didn’t let the door hit me in the ass on my way out of SoCal through the friendly skies to central France.

    I love the commitment that your 12 year old self showed to SciFi and hope that you have all the time in the world to revist your old favorites on it.

    While I love the fact of being able to speak French without any problem, I was very worried about losing touch with Standard American English in paragraphs that end up being book length. I would have been very lonely without all those words and ideas.

    Now I feel secure about my ability to get words when I need them. Just last night I downloaded a couple of beefy biographies on women authors that I would never have bought in the USA because of the cost and the sheer volume/weight. I just couldn’t justify carrying them around. Now I don’t have to worry about that and I can read all about Edith Wharton, among others.

    I wish you hours and hours of reading in your and Bravo! to your husband for his thoughtfulness, generosity, and empathy!

    (You might enjoy reading about what happened to my Kindle once it got to France: http://spitandbalingwire.blogspot.com/2010/07/two-degrees-of-separation.html)

  9. Welcome to the Kindle crowd. Amazingly addictive, isn’t it? We will have to share tales in two short weeks.

  10. Congrats Theresa. Enjoy it. I don’t have one but I’m leaning towards it. I’m also thinking IPOD but wouldn’t know what to do with it. Tee Hee. Happy Halloween and have a great day tomorrow.

  11. I’m still at the no Kindle phase. I love books! I like the idea though so will most likely get one. I loved your post, I actually had some kind of record for most books read in Jr High.

    I am a huge Anne McCafferty fan and when I want light reading enjoy Piers Anthony, not Sci Fi but out there kinda reading.

  12. I bought an iPad two weeks ago, and have bought one book for it. It seems to be a pretty good reader, but I like it because it is a multi-purpose computer. Then Kindle is less expensive, though.

    In addition to the iBook store, there is a Kindle app for the iPad.

    Love your Kindle. I think we are going to save some money when we move by bringing books on the iPad and computer instead of the physical books.

  13. @Leah: No you’re not. I don’t have one either… but I did ask for one for XMAS… 😉

    @Theresa:Congrats on your kindle. I hope you fill us in on all the goodies! I hear books are like half price, your can read the first few chapters BEFORE you buy the book AND you can trade with friends. sigh if only clothes shopping was that easy!

  14. Leah, I would still be without one if Husband hadn’t talked me into it. Part of me was waiting for them to get really, really cheap to buy, like cell phones. LOL, of course by then there would be another gadget that works much better.

    regards,
    Theresa

  15. I must be one of the last mexpat bloggers without a Kindle. Oh well, I am sometimes slow to adapt such gadgets. Happy Reading. 🙂

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