I Prefer Paper

Photo by bravenewtraveler

Today I received an email announcing that the iPad will be at my local Apple store on Saturday. One friend announced his excitement on Facebook when his pre-ordered one had shipped. And ELLE sent me a reader survey asking me whether I would forgo the print version for the iPad one that they’re launching.

My answer is no. I will not be spending my reading hours basking in the glow of an iPad. I love magazines for a variety of reasons but one of the latest greatest reasons is that they give me a break from the eye fatigue that my computer’s LCD glow gives me. There is nothing better for me than to spend an evening in bed surrounded by kitties and reading a magazine. It gives my brain a break, calms me and prepares me to sleep.

Technology can be good, and who knows, I may have an iPad one day. But I know that I will enjoy my favorite magazines the old school way—printed on paper.

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I Prefer Paper

Powering Down

Last night an area of west Los Angeles lost power. (Apparently a faulty cable was to blame—nice to know that even cities have wiring problems.) I live in that area. For two and a half hours, I couldn’t watch television, listen to the baby monitor, check my Facebook page or use a light. At first I was a little stir crazy because I just wanted to know why I was sitting in the dark reading by flashlight. But then, when M and YaYa returned with takeout and candles. My mindset changed. Outside, the street was dark and inside, my apartment was lit by candlelight. It was peaceful.

Thinking back on the evening today, it was nice to be technology free. It was nice to just sit and talk because there was really nothing else to do. Sure, the power went out and it made driving a nightmare for those on the road but, for those of us at home the lack of electricity’s white noise allowed us to power down.

Powering Down