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Worse Than Showing Up In The Same Dress

by on September 22nd, 2010

We all know the story. A woman shows up to a party in a beautiful new gown, only to discover another woman wearing the exact same dress.

I’ve never had that experience before with clothing, but I can now say I know how it feels with new tech. Here is what happened.

I found myself hanging out on campus this weekend with a bunch of my peers at a back to school event. We had some downtime and, of course, I brought my iPad with me to keep me entertained.

I was both overjoyed and greatly distressed to discover I was not the only one with an iPad. Good and evil battled over my heart with two differing points of view.

The Angel Point of View: You see another iPad across the room. Your eyes meet. Sparks fly between like minded people and conversation abounds. You trade stories about how you managed to get one, and discuss the special connection to the future of the technological world you feel. It’s like being in love.

The Devil Point of View: You see another iPad across the room. Your eyes meet the eyes of the other owner. An emotion flits through your heart. Jealousy. Resentment. Loss. Some other human being has stolen your thunder! You were supposed to turn heads! It was your iPad that was to be the centre of attention!

I’m not ashamed to admit my feelings most closely aligned with the little devil inside. I believe it to be a perfectly legitimate reaction. Less than enlightened, certainly, but legitimate.

This acquaintance who managed to reveal their iPad first, got the initial wave of excitement, but they didn’t seem to want to talk about their it and brag about how fantastic it is.

I, of course being a opportunist and attention hog, saw my opening and jumped in. I whipped out my iPad, showed off my favourite apps, and bragged about how fantastic it was for school. One by one, heads turned towards me and I knew that although my compatriot had won the initial battle, I would win the war.

After showing off and watching a hilarious viral video of the watermelon catapult everyone was talking about, and demonstrating that the touch screen keyboard was completely functional, I had half the room ready to convert and buy an iPad.

Now, when they want to share a music video or a song with the group, they call out to me, “Hey Gillian! Bring your iPad so everyone can watch this!”

I ended up on top. I’m the girl who everyone remembers in the dress, not the copy-cat, which is just the way I like it.

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