The quest


The wife informed me that she was going to
buy both of us e-readers or tablets. So of
course I replied I had plenty of tablets in
the file cabinet.

And that is when I got an education. With
the e-reader you can check out books from
the library to read, but they disappear
after two weeks.

Nobody we talked to could tell me where
they go. After visiting a couple of brick and
mortar stores to get enlightened, I was
worse off than when we left the house.

Ice cream cone operating systems are not
as new as the Jelly bean operating system?
Really? Who designs those things, 7 year olds?

So nobody could tell me why I needed a front
and rear facing camera to read a book on a
little piece of electronic plastic. Is that
so you have photographic proof you actually
read something?

I have a desk top computer that serves me
fine, but was expected to know what Android
and WiFi meant.

So now I was being told that in order to
read a book on one of these things I needed
two cameras, the Android and WiFi, and email.

I don’t want to browse the internet, check
emails, or take two pictures at once. I just
want something that will let me read a book
in peace.

I was told that what I wanted was a “Nook”.
But then I was told it only contained books
from Barnes and Noble and didn’t have many
free books on it, and I couldn’t check my

I was advised against buying the “Nook”
even though I never got to see one. Who
knows, I may have liked the little bugger.

It was two hours of my life I’ll never get
back and I’m more confused than before I

I have come to the conclusion that it would
be easier to write a book than figure out
what I need to read one.

This low tech redneck is officially waving
the white flag.
Comments are always welcome.

9 Responses to The quest

  1. yourothermotherhere says:

    I like my books. I have my favorites that I keep because when the mood strikes I read them again. And curling up with a good Nook just isn’t the same for me as a paper book. We’ve got fake food and boobs, do we really need fake books?

  2. Mart Dawson says:

    I have just read this post and have been chuckling all the way through it. Not at you of course but the situation itself, I have been there and thought exactly the same things. It’s made my day. Let us know what you eventually get or decided on. The line where you say picture of you reading is classic, I wont ever look at a tablet again in the same way again. Brilliant.

  3. cruisin2 says:

    I prefer the books myself. Our problem is I have about 200 favorites and can’t narrow it down.

    Mart Dawson,
    Glad you enjoyed it. The sales clerk and myself took turns being confused. He didn’t understand my questions and I didn’t understand his answers. We’ll give an update when we finally decide.

  4. rmactsc says:

    I write books specifically for e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle. I also read books on the kindle. Once you try it; going back to a book where you turn pages becomes harder and harder to do 🙂

  5. yourothermotherhere says:

    I had quite a few books too. When I moved I had to make some choices and one of them was to part with some of my books. Otherwise I’d have quite a few too. I have about 200 now and it would be very difficult to part with any of them. I think a good part of their value comes from the memories I have of what was going on in my life when I read them.

  6. davenport resident says:

    As a person with thousands of books this post was fun, fun read. Too bad there isn’t anybody on the City Council in Davenport with your sense of humor. Wow.

  7. cruisin2 says:

    We’ll let you know how it works for us.

    We got rid of a lot books when we moved here also, but no more.
    Fond memories are a great bonus with a good book.

    davenport resident,
    Thank you. We’re sure someone on the Council has a good sense of humor but most people don’t have fun at their own expense.

  8. I wish I had seen this post sooner. You might have liked a Kindle from Amazon. I prefer reading on my Kindle to reading on my Ipad. It’s simpler. I still buy books and check them out from the library.

  9. cruisin2 says:

    Thanks, I was actually leaning toward the Kindle but got too good a deal on the tablet. I’m sure we’ll keep buying books and using the library also.

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