A while ago I posted a joke on Face Book about how I wanted a Kindle E-Reader for Christmas and I said that under the tree I spied a present with my name on it, I silently opened the present to find a Ken Doll instead, and I chocked it up to language barrier. The Joke received a few chuckles and I thought that was that!
My Buddy Tommy is a Merchant Seaman and sails as a First Engineer, Five months ago when he left the Philippines to meet his ship in the Indian Ocean he said that he was going to visit two of his grown children who live in Casper Wyoming when his tour was up. Wyoming in December, better him than me. But while there he would pick me up a Kindle E-Reader and bring it to the Philippines for me. Now that’s a friend!
The first time we got together after he returned was at the party at my house that I told you about last week, Tommy and his lovely lady Lolet arrive and with manly hugs between shipmates we are happy to see each other, Tommy quickly hands me a U.S. Merchant Seaman, ball cap, which I put on right away. We commenced to talk about ships and sea and manly subjects pertaining to our commonly shared occupation.
But the subject of the Kindle E-Reader just never came up. I decided not to broach the subject feeling that Tommy in his own good time would get around to it. After a few cocktails Lolet walks by the table and with a twinkle in her eyes said to us; Tommy did you tell Paul about his Kindle?
You could cut the silence with a broad sword, all the people at the table turn to Tommy with baited anticipation. Tommy took a swig from his boat drink, a smile appeared and he lapsed in to his chronicle of the E-Reader. Purchased at Best Buy in Beautiful downtown Casper Wyoming, ready for its trip to the Philippines. Tommy was thinking that if it was still brand new in the box there could be a problem with custom duties upon arrival in Manila.
Being the worldly traveler that he is, and also wanting to read on the long trip home so he decided to use the Kindle on the flight over. Knowing that his friend Paul would have no trouble with that, but as in most things, fate will rear its ugly head and take maters into its own hands. Debarking the plane in Korea with a one hour layover be boarded the flight to finish the journey into Manila Philippines. As his flight reach cruising altitude Tommy reached into the seat pocket to finish reading his book. But alas, he was on a different airplane and this airplanes seat pocket held nothing but a puke bag and an emergency exit chart. The Kindle was miles behind on another plane in an alternative universe. And sadly he never got to finish his book.
The Pacman fight was about to start, the table of friends and shipmates was collectively on the floor laughing our tails off. (Fill in the word you know I wanted to use) The moral of the story is don’t try to fool customs, are fate will intervene.
17 December, I’m taken forcibly to the SM Mall in San Fernando by my Granddaughter and family for the obligatory yearly squandering of money tour prior to Christmas. While there my cagy mind said; “I will seek out and find a Kindle Reader.” Twenty five or more electronic stores and not one E-Reader were to be found, to add insult to the many “Not Available” I heard. Not one person even knew what it was I was seeking; reading is a lost art in the Philippines I’ll assume.
Then while gorging myself on my yearly Burger King Double Whopper w/Cheese and Onion Ring, I had a light bulb moment. Remember the not so funny joke at the begging? Well, my fearless leader Mindanao Bob commented that he used a Samsung Galaxy Pad deal or something like that, with an e-reader apt. So off I go again in search of the same.
Wow everyone knew what I was talking about now, up to and even about the e-reader part of the equation But I only wanted to read a damn book, and the prices for these pad things were off the scale for what I wanted. Then in “King Com.” (And no I’m not making up that name). Riza, the charming sales girl was sent to me by a higher power to solve my problem. A 9 inch Iview Cyber Pad Tablet PC.
She heard what I was saying, went directly to the e-reader section on the R2D2, called up a book (The Iliad by Homer) showed me how to load books, or read off of Wi-Fi, plus how to increase the size of the font, save my page, turn the page, and the rest about reading I already knew. She was set to show me both cameras front and back, still and video and a myriad of other wonderful things it would do. But why?
I smiled and explained that I now knew all I needed to know, as I just wanted to be able to read a book. While she was programming this tiny computer in a can, I watch her dainty little fingers dance across the screen with lightning speed, I was envious of her talent and knowledge that she held over this equipment. When she was done she asked If I wanted to purchase it, I was a bit taken back as I thought I already did, So I paid her the grand sum of p 6,000.00 and as she repacked the box and gave it to me, I smiled and thanked her for the trust she had placed in me. She looked at me askance and asked what I meant. I said “Your finger prints are all over that Tablet, if I kill someone, I’ll toss it beside the body and run. First shock, then she started laughing and calling over her co-workers and telling them what I had said. I departed the store knowing one very important thing; Riza will wipe down anything else before she sells it.
Back to the house, my two daughters and granddaughter are looking over the new pad tablet minicomputer in a can e-reader thing, and comparing it to their Samsung Galaxy and have deemed it a good thing. I’ve not seen it since. Oh I did find out it was an android, kinda’ like R2D2 and 3CPO, I always wanted something like that.
A few days pass, I checked my computer and found about 100 books I wanted to load onto R2D2 my tiny little android, when I encountered my first major major problem, the instruction was printed in a little book using size 4 fonts. The company had never intended that a sixty five year old man would be using their product. I turn it over to my daughter and request that she load my books to R2D2.
The books were loaded and nothing happened, couldn’t read them but they were there. Head scratching, confusion and anger entered into the situation, then I grabbed the offending little android dude and went up the hill to my friend Don’s house. Since he had a pad (Of another Brand) I felt he might be able to help. Within a few minutes I was informed that the book reading App on mine was only for reading books online, so the proper App was downloaded and the books jumped on the screen with a mighty flash of light and with trumpets blaring!
My daughter and niece removed R2D2 from my procession as soon as I returned home and I’ve not seen it since, but that’s okay as I still have 6 regular books to read before I’ll need my library Card carrying R2D2 Android buddy. Did I mention it was also my Christmas present?
Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!
(Well; all but one, but they know who they are! LOL)