Lileks meets someone caught in a time warp. Weirdness ensues:
As noted, this is a sorta-kinda hiatus week, as I am taking some time off from work, kid’s out of school, and I am finishing the novel this week. Today’s brief note: I was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, fiddling around on the iPad (using Zite, which is a fine, fine iPad newsreader). Seated adjacent was a tall fellow in a dark suit, perhaps early 30s. Well-groomed. Reading a magazine.
“Excuse me,” he said in a standard American accent. “Is that some kind of touch-based laptop?”
“Yes, it is,” I said, somewhat nonplussed, if there are gradations of nonplussedness. “It’s an iPad.”
“And it gets the internet?”
“I just noticed you using your fingers to operate it,” he said. “It’s like, you know, Tom Cruise.”
I couldn’t instantly recall the name of the movie either, but I knew what he meant.
“It’s an iPad,” I said.
“An iPad?” he said.
Then he was called into the doctor’s office for an exam, and I could only wonder. Car crash? Coma? Memory loss? If so: Does he go around every day asking people about their iPads and iPhones?
Point B: It’s a sign of the times that the most reasonable explanation for a 30-something American male to be ignorant of the iPad is some sort of mental handicap or brain injury.