Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Are you the kind of friend who will talk me off a window ledge, or are you the one who yells, “Jump!”?  (Oh yeah, YOU try to punctuate that last sentence.) Anyway, as I was saying, here I am on the ledge, down below is an unproven, first edition of iPad, and I want you to help me make up my mind.

A few weeks ago few had seen the iPad, though rumors abounded. Even then I was snatching those trial balloons by the string and pulling them to examine. Well, now the newest tech creature is out there. I’ve held one in my hand, though it was wisely tethered to a strong desk in an Apple store. To my credit I didn’t hug it to my chest and suck my thumb right there, but almost.

So now you are thinking, well what’s her problem? She wants it badly; it might poke holes in her budget, but she wouldn’t eat cat food, so what’s the problem? The problem is I’m a practical girl. Objects should fill a need or at least beautify me or the house (extra points if it beautifies me). I’m not sure the iPad qualifies. This is my assessment.

First, why NOT?

  • I have a laptop.
  • I have a desktop.
  • I have books.
  • I have magazines
  • That pesky budget thing
  • iPad doesn’t have a phone
  • I don’t travel all that much

Second, WHY NOT?

  • So much easier to travel with than laptop
  • So much cooler than laptop (Think of modern cell & old mobile phone.)
  • So much lighter than laptop
  • Touch screen—Whoa Doggies!
  • Easy note pad & quick research at writers’ conferences
  • Cats won’t get in front of screen
  • Can read online magazines instead of germy ones at doctor’s office
  • Can update blog, twitter and Facebook anywhere (Why? I don’t know)
  • Can easily download and send pictures on the fly
  • I talk less than 10 minutes a month on my cell phone
  • I can watch movies, TV or listen to music while on treadmill

Probably the strongest argument for WHY NOT? Is the whole treadmill thingy. OK I don’t have a treadmill, but I’ve thought of getting one. The problem is without something to keep me from getting bored, we both know I won’t be using it. There is no room to keep a treadmill anywhere in the two rooms with TV’s. The guest room, though would be perfect, but it has no TV, no cable connection. You see where I’m going, don’t you.? Buy iPad, buy treadmill, work out regularly, lose weight, gain bone mass, strengthen heart, become hot babe with hot new tech device.

You can see I might not be objective. That’s why I need your help. What do you say? Jump or Don’t Jump? I’d like your comments as well as votes.

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Ross Perot is b-a-c-k, and I’m glad. He’s back in the form of his famous charts at perotcharts.com.  When our eyes glaze over and our ears begin to tune out the canned, poll driven commercials there is a place we can go to fact check on the economy. Believe me, you aren’t getting the real story unless the facts happen to mesh with an agenda, purely coincidental. Take the time to scan the work Perot has done for you. Here is what some are saying about Perot and his site.

PerotCharts.com will help Americans understand the serious fiscal challenges facing our nation. These new electronic charts will also serve to hold elected officials accountable while accelerating needed actions to help ensure that our collective future will be better than our past.
Hon. David M. Walker
President and CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Former U.S. Comptroller General (1998 – 2008)


The facts speak for themselves in Ross Perot’s powerful website for all Americans. Runaway spending and a rising national debt will destroy America’s future as a great nation. As more of our debt is held by those in other countries, our political independence is put at risk by our economic dependency. We must act now!
David L. Boren – President Univ. of Oklahoma
Longest-serving Chair of the
U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee

Ross Perot is exactly right to echo Winston Churchill’s famous cry for “action this day” to rally the nation to reform our entitlement programs, end deficit spending, and balance the federal budget. Perotcharts.com contains information every citizen needs to know so we can demand real change to get the nation on the right track.
Newt Gingrich – General Chairman, American Solutions
for Winning the Future
; Former Speaker of the
U.S. House of Representatives (1995-1999)

Know the facts when presidential candidates promise you the moon. Perhaps you are just getting “mooned.” 

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