"Learning to live and living to learn"
The other day, someone challenged me to name the one thing that, if taken away from me without notice, my day-to-day life would change beyond recognition, and not for the better. It’s the kind of question that regularly pops up on your plate of BuzzFood or in your bowl of FaceTube as you swipe your way around the netiverse.
Now, a word of caution! You must tread carefully when faced with such a challenge. Let me explain.
The first and most obvious consideration is “who is asking”. If its your mate, or colleague at work, who stops by your office for a bit of mindless chatter, then its ok, you are safe to declare that the most important item in your daily life, your one true love, is your Ipad.
My Ipad, or Paddy as I refer to him due to his Irish-American ancestry, (Designed in California but used by an Irishman), is a very special friend indeed. Our relationship is one based on mutual trust. Paddy trusts that I will keep him juiced-up and he, in return, ensures that I am, well, “juiced-up” too.
However, if the inquisitor is the wife/husband/life partner or “significant other”, (a phrase which, by the way, makes me want to hurl), then declaring your love for Paddy the Ipad is akin to stepping on a landmine. How do I know this you may wonder?
Well, if its proof you seek then I shall direct you to my dear, close friend, Javier, (pronounced “Have-ee-air”), the local florist. As I write this, Javier is probably on the phone to his travel agent, booking 2 weeks in the Seychelles, with the proceeds from my latest “faux-pas”. You see, the wife is rather upset with the amount of time and attention I give dear Paddy. When you cause such disruptions in the domestic firmament, it pays to be on good terms with someone who knows their way around a bouquet.
So next time you curl up on the couch with your iPad, spare a thought for your dearly beloved who must compete for your affections with a hand-held, digital platform interface. It really isn’t conducive to good relationship management in the home. However, if you can’t live without your digital buddy for more than 5 minutes at a stretch, then I would advise that open an account at the local florist.