Happy Thursday, Scribe fans. Susannah here.
The winner of the 7/7 contest is Joy Shaw! Joy, your Starbucks card was mailed out earlier this week. Enjoy! Hope you find some heads-up pennies in the parking lot.
Today I’m talking about gadgets.
Not that kind.
Last week my family took a quick trip to Florida to see the last launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. We drove, Griswold style, in a rental car (unfortunately, the Wagon Queen Family Truckster in metallic pea with woody accents was unavailable at the time), straight through from New England with just a few stops. Here is a picture of most of the electronic gadgets we “needed” for this trip:
- 2 cell phones
- extra camera (not sure why we needed this, since the cell phones have cameras)
- battery charger for camera
- husband’s ToughBook computer (basically indestructible — I think I heard this computer has stopped a bullet)
- separate DVD drive for ToughBook, which does not have an internal drive. “Necessary” so we could watch movies.
- cigarette lighter charger
- splitter for cigarette lighter charger, so we could charge 2 things at once
- huge tangle of cords for wall charging of each device
- ear buds for son’s iPod
- sports bag for holding all of the above
Taken with us, but not included in this picture:
- son’s iPod Touch (possibly permanently fused to his hand. Could not pry it out of his fingers this morning before I took this photo)
- the waterproof digital camera used to take this photo
- not one, but two tripods for the camera(s). Not electronic, but “needed” for the electronics.
Stuff I wanted to take, but had to draw the line somewhere:
- my Nook. This one was hard to leave behind, but I felt like it was just one more thing to keep track of. I took Jess Andersen’s Bear Claw Conspiracy in paperback form instead.
- my laptop. I knew, realistically, that I would not get any writing done on this trip, so Dell-ilah stayed at home.
Stuff we would have taken, but could not find:
- son’s cell phone. He’s under orders to locate it immediately 🙂
You know what? We used every one of the items we took, except for the second tripod. Everything. I’m not going to start a debate on whether this is good or bad, whether the pervasive nature of electronic technology is eroding society, or making it better. I just know I like these toys.
Tell us what electronic items you can’t live without.