I recently joined the ranks of most people and equipped myself with a tablet. I was resisting for a long time because I regarded tablets as luxury tools of entertainment that I shouldn’t afford. Then I found a hybrid of a tablet and a laptop, which is tablet-sized, tablet-like but has an optional docking keyboard for when one means typing business. I picked this particular tablet because of the keyboard – and because it’s white. I’m the kind of person who purchases things based on colour and I’m not even ashamed of my silliness.
Based on an inner feeling in my guts, I determined that my tablet would be male and called him Snowhite. Yes, he’s a male Snow White, and so far he hasn’t expressed desire to switch gender. Since I’ve been commuting, for two or more hours a day, I’ve been carrying him around at all times. I’ve tentatively learned the time management skill that I admired in other people who just work or play as they go rather than staring blankly out of the window on their commute. Something to hate with less than my usual fierceness.