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By Joshua Miller: Facebook
What I’m Thankful For:
My Laptop on the Airplane
There a various milestone in one’s life when a new piece of technology – whether it be new to the world or simply new to you – so radically alters/improves your life that even just a few years later you are hard pressed to remember how you functioned without it. For me their have been many:
My first bicycle
Inheriting my older sister’s private phone line when she went off to college
My first car
The Internet (I was a late adopter)
The cell phone
The iPod (how did I go to the gym before iPods?)
And more recently it has been my laptop, specifically as it serves me on airplanes.
I’ve been a laptop man since college, but only fairly recently has my laptop been light enough and had enough battery power to make watching DVDs on a cross-country flight feasible. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy reading a book when I travel, but that’s generally my time-killer of choice while waiting in the airport and taxing in the plane. Once we’re up in the air, and the pilot gives the go-ahead to use portable electronic devices, that book goes away and out comes my computer. It has completely changed my attitude towards flying. The first time I ever watched DVDs on a plane I had season 4 of The Wire, and I was actually upset when they announced the plane was landing – I was still midway through an episode! It took a moment for that to sink in, to realize that I was actually annoyed the flight hadn’t been longer.
Soon bringing DVDs onto the plane is going to seem passé. For I have tasted the future, and it is…
Free wi-fi on airplanes.
I say “free” because most airlines do currently offer wi-fi, but for an obnoxious price of roughly $15. But last month, as a Xmas gift (ie, promotion), Delta Airlines had free wi-fi, which I got to bask in as I flew back home for the holidays. It was amazing. I did a little work on CHUD. Farted around some favorite sites. I streamed some episodes of Arrested Development, and part of A Boy and His Dog before my flight ended. It was glorious; an entire lifetime of memories of trying desperately to fall asleep to make the flight go faster – gone. Now flying has become a great opportunity to catch up on a film or TV series.
So I am thankful for my trusty laptop, on airplanes and in general. It is the gun to my gunslinger.