Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Passed

The anticipation is so great, and then, before you know it, Christmas is over.

We here at Casa del Blanco had a very Holly Jolly. We had an early Holiday party with the Fabulous Sisters and their Hubbys, as well as Maggie the Semi-Wonder Dog. On Christmas Day, Perfect Wifey (as well as Rocco, THE Wonder Dog) and I had a nice quiet Christmas. All by our lonesome.

The gift-haul was particularly gratifying for me. In addition to some cool books, I got an action figure set of the four Ghostbusters,  as well as the Mamma-Jamma of Christmas gifts, a replica of Doctor Who's TARDIS! This set is scaled to all the DW action figures I already have, so it fits in perfectly with the massive display that graces my studio. In continuing with the Doctor Who theme, I also got an AWESOME tee shirt, depicting the Doctor's loyal dog, K9. All in all, quite the Christmas bonanza for  me. Again, I think Santa is not doing a great job on keeping track of his naughty/nice list. If he was, I doubt I would have made out so well.

I realize, once again, that the above list sounds like it came from a nine year old. You are right. It does.

Perfect Wifey really scored on the Christmas Present front, though. Santa, or some other thoughtful person (ME!), gave her a Kindle! She is absolutely loves it, and, I have to admit, I do too.

At first, I  was sceptical of this new technological wonder. I love books. How could  some stupid electronic gizmo replace the printed page?! Well, it does it by having an easy to read screen and by providing access to almost any book you want, in a handy portable form for a modest fee. That is not to say the Kindle doesn't have it's shortcomings: I wouldn't want to read a graphic novel (we used to call them "comic books") or  any kind of illustrated book in this format. Also, Kindle's biggest shortcoming: What do you do when the power goes out, and your charge is done? Talk with each other? Yikes!

Really, the Kindle is a wonder, and I highly recommend it. Keep in mind this is coming from  a hard-core Luddite, who doesn't know how to text, Tweet or whatever. So, this is high praise indeed.

In spite of all of this gift getting, what I really loved about this Christmas, and every Christmas, is being with the people I love, in spirit if not physically. For all of you out there, I hope  you had a Happy Holiday! If you didn't, there's always next year.

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Blogger David said...

Kindle, Kindle, Kindle!!! She's going to love her Kindle. I've had mine for about 3 months and have read about 10 books with it. It works like a charm and the ability to enlarge the text for my not so new eyes is a huge plus. You are right that it is more for text and not graphics. I'll continue to purchase the actual books for any comic or art types, but it is a huge space saver when you read a lot. Don't worry about not being able to read when you lose electricity...I went 9 days without charging it (the 3G drains the power, so buy your book and shut off the 3G when you read).

And as far as what YOU got...there is absolutely nothing wrong with remaining a nine year old at heart...this coming from an 8 year old.

December 29, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Newton said...

Sounds like a good Christmas. Have to love getting some Doctor Who goodies at this time of the year!

December 30, 2010 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Mark Heng said...

Apparently the Ipad is cool for reading graphic novels...Maybe a present for next year?

December 30, 2010 at 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the cartoon you came up with for this post! it would make a great holiday card.

you should pony it around to card makers and see how they respond to it.


December 30, 2010 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...

David- The Kindle is indeed a wonder. I may have to buy my own, as Perfect Wifey may soon tire of me using hers.

Newton- Doctor Who swag does make the Holiday brighter, but I still haven't gotten my remote control K9...

Mark- I dunno, I still like flipping through a comic book. I think the printed page will hold an advantage for awhile.

eeteed- No greeting card company wants anything to do with me, but I appreciate the thought.

December 30, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

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