In a tackle shop deep in Baja there is a shelf of books left by past travelers. You can take one to read if you leave one. A common book exchange ides. However, as I scan the titles and look at the broken spines and the flakey scratched covers I don’t find anything that I would remotely want to read. I have probably already read half of them, some of them weren’t too bad but others got returned after a chapter or two. I have raced through the books I brought with me and now am hungry, oh so hungry, for a good book. Desperate, I even write a book. When that is done, I still need something to read.
Fortunately for me, my stepson flies down and thoughtfully asks if there is something he can bring me. He is trying to travel lightly and need to bring surfboards but can fit small things in for us. It only takes me a few minutes to order a Kindle and dark chocolate from Trader Joes. Yes!
The first night Kevin camps with us we are busy talking and eating and I don’t ask if he brought my kindle. The next day, he hands me a package, about book size and says, “I know you can’t wait to see this.” I open it and there, in a beautiful tri color case is my new kindle. I read the quick start directions and turn it on. Oh my. In the bright sun I can easily read the screen and it is light in my hands. I put in the password for the WFY in our camp and download three books in seconds.
A month passes and I have read ten good books. Every time we visit someone who has WFY I download a few more books. One night I downloaded a scrabble game. The next two days all I did was play “Al” the computer. Al is a great scrabble player. He feels no mercy at all when he lays down those high scoring words you never heard of before, tying them into already point-laden words. It takes me days to beat Al for the first time, and then a run of loses before I can beat him again.
Mike and I discover we can play each other on the kindle over a period of days and in-between scrabble games I can read or play other word games. After two months of kindle heaven, I learn that the kindle will read to me out loud. Now I let the Kindle entertain me while I wash dishes.
I thought I would never buy a kindle because I was such a fan of books. Well, I was wrong. The kindle is my new thing and I just love having a stock of good books ready to read any time or anywhere. Next year when we travel to Baja I bet we have two of them because I can tell Mike is getting hooked too. We just don’t have room enough to take all the books we need and the kindle is the perfect solution.
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