Have you ever had exactly the wrong response to a present? I have. It is unfun, and I feel like a bounder.
In the world of technology there is a spectrum which runs from early adapters, those who must have tomorrow's latest gadgets yesterday, to late adapters who will accept a technology when they absolutely must and then there is everywhere in between. I'm a non adapter. My car is 35 years old. I am one of the few adults on the planet that still has a home phone, albeit without voicemail or an answering machine, I do not have a cell phone, although my wife does. She had to update her bag phone when the networks went digital, and hasn't changed phones in 10+ years. I have a laptop, but the computer at home that gets the most use runs Windows 98, and fills all our requirements. I hope it runs forever.
For Christmas I received an Ipad. Tens of children wanted one for Christmas and were disappointed they didn't receive one. I, on the other hand, received one, and am disappointed. I'm not mobile, I read books on paper, I rarely watch television on screens under 40". I prefer mechanical toys. Am I missing some compelling, life changing reason to have this thing?
Unfortunately, my usual aplomb abandoned me. Unwrapping the paper I must have looked like I opened a sack of eels. I know and appreciate how hard my bride works to find just the right present for everyone. She researches, shops, knows everything about her target, and can explain its why in great detail. This time, I was underwhelmed and showed it. Mrs T was powerfully disappointed. My reaction had let her down and I feel terrible. Disappointing my bride is not a position I enjoy.
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