For once, the office was quiet. Me and my iPad came in and found a seat among the multitude of empty chairs.
The doctor, who was standing by the reception desk looking through medical charts, glanced at me over her glasses and smiled. I smiled back.
I like her.
But then, I have a predisposition of goodwill to people who smile at me.
A few minutes later she finished with the file and then motioned me in. I closed my iPad and followed her into her small office.
The first thing I did was show her my latest toy, like some 10-year old boy, at show-and-tell. “Check this out, doc!”
And with that, I opened up the iPad and started showing her some of the cool applications. Like the weather application that shows videos of weather, depending upon the city that you choose.
I don’t mean videos of news reporters, giving weather reports. No, these are videos taken of clouds, at cloud-level as the plane races through them. Or overhead straight-down videos of rain hitting the ground. Or amazing videos of a full moon, as it gazes over a field, while the wind ruffles the grass.
Most people humour me when I give this demonstration. I know this (remember my last blog? I read people, right? How could you forget so quickly? Geeze, people.) and I show them the device anyway. Their patient reactions don’t matter. I love this thing. My iPad and I are coming up on our third week anniversary. I may have to buy something for it, in appreciation. Or just send it an email. Maybe a poem.
Oh my iPad
How ever much I love thee.
Playing with you always and for too long
Even when I have to pee
(Yeah. I’ll work on it.)
The doctor didn’t humour me though. I saw a spark of true appreciation in her eyes.
“Can I use it?”
I beamed. “Sure! Go ahead.” And with that, I turned it completely to her and watched as she smiled and began playing with it.
She tried out different applications, all the time asking me questions. “How much did you pay? Are you keeping your iPhone data plan? Can I use this for my recipes? I love to cook.”
This appointment had turned a direction that was much more interesting than I had anticipated.
“Well doc, they start out at around $500. This one has the most storage and has internet access so I paid about $1000.00. How many songs do you have?”
She looked at me thoughtfully. “Not many. Only a couple of hundred. I don’t do the music thing that much. I’ll probably only use it in the kitchen. Wait – do I need a data plan or can I just use it on wi-fi?”
“Well you probably won’t need one with large storage, and yes you can get one that just has wi-fi.”
“Hmmm” she said. “We don’t have wi-fi in the office but we will have internet soon.”
I could see the wheels turning, as we both sat there in silence.
Her eyes focused back and she looked at me. Then she smiled again. “I’m going to treat myself to one of these.”
I couldn’t help grinning back. “You won’t be sorry. I promise.”
“And I think I’ll get the large one.” Her eyes fairly glowed. “You know – I can get one of my friends to fill it with all of his songs. He has a massive collection.”
Her excitement was infectious.
My first bona fide convert. As Barney Stinson would say: “This is awe…….(wait for it)…..SOME!”
Her normally serious face dimpled in actual pleasure. It was great to see.
“Now, what did you want to see me about?”
I told her, while thinking the whole time that…..
I’m pretty sure Apple owes me some money now.