I’m currently in NYC staying the night at stevesbets’ apartment. He lives pretty close to Columbus Circle (because he’s in the Fordham MBA program) … pretty nice area. I always have mixed feelings on NYC when I visit. On the one hand, it’s awesome because there are so many friends around, so many girls to meet, so many things to do, etc. You can basically do almost anything. Not to mention the 24-hour Apple Store (great for night owls like myself) and tons of other conveniences. I can’t imagine a better place for me to live on certain levels.
On the other hand, I really dislike a lot of things. First, the weather is pretty miserable. There are so many far superior climates to live in — and weather is really important to me. Second, it’s so absurdly expensive. I don’t know if this info is private so I won’t mention details, but the amount of money that Steve pays for this place is absolutely ridiculous. It’s like people are packed into this city like sardines and they all pay a massive premium for the privilege of living as closely as possible with millions of others. I don’t really like the idea of being so close to everyone. Third, the lack of ability to drive comfortably is not something I like. I really like driving on open roads (assuming the car is up to it). Steve has a brand new M3 convertible and he has to leave it in a super cramped garage all day (don’t even get me started on the parking spot, it’s utterly ridiculous that he somehow manages to fit in that). I would want to be driving that thing on country backroads all day, not to mention testing out the speed potential. In NYC, you have to deal with short blocks, ton of cops, bumpy roads and a general lack of ability to safely go fast anywhere if you don’t want to drive 30+ minutes out of the city.
Anyway, long story short, I don’t know if I would enjoy living in NY. Sometimes I think yes, sometimes I think no. I guess I won’t know until I try (or, if I try).
Moving on, I recently read this post on Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5119165/dad-wheres-the-digital-photo-frame. The post itself isn’t anything all that special, but some of the comments are terrific. It really reminds me a ton of my own family, although my family isn’t nearly as bad in a number of ways.
For instance, I recently bought my mom an iPod Touch as a holiday present (I don’t celebrate religious holidays, but I’m happy to jump into the gift-buying part of things). She has been using this archaic Palm device for her calendar needs. Also, she’s a doctor, so she uses this program called “Epocrates” which somehow helps in the process of prescribing drugs (I’ve never really asked for the details on how it helps). I noticed that Epocrates had an Apple App, so I figured it would be the perfect gift. I also installed about 10 apps on it which I thought she might like and gave her a brief run-down on how to use it. She isn’t NEARLY as bad as some of the parents described in the Gizmodo post, but she still has a “show me how to use this” attitude instead of a “I’ll figure this out” attitude. Not saying I blame her for it because, 99% of the time, it’s much faster if I just show her. But what I really see from my family is a general lack of early adoption or branching out without some pushing on my part. I don’t think they even got HDTV until sometime last year. And I also gave them a Logitech Harmony universal remote (I think a year ago), but it’s back sitting in my room completely unused because they have no interest in setting it up themselves. This is despite the fact that I still see like 4-5 remotes on the couch by the TV when I go home and, in well under 1 hour, they could replace all of them and have a much easier overall media-controlling experience. I think it’s just a general ambivalence about the benefits of a new technology, even when it’s being presented directly to them. Not saying I blame them, just an observation. Now, on the other hand, my grandparents are a totally different story… I shouldn’t even get started.
What about your families? Do you have experience giving “tech” gifts to the tech n00bs of the world?