Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The silent partner


My husband seldom wants things.

Besides beer, he hardly ever buys anything for himself.

So when he began talking about the iPod touch for weeks without end, I finally said, "Why don't you just go ahead and get it?"

The original plan had been to ask for money for Christmas from the various sets of parents. But it became apparent that he shouldn't have to wait that long. Seriously, I heard about the Touch ("It's got all these games -- like air hockey! You like air hockey, right?") just about every day.

So about two weeks ago, thank God, he ordered it. And in true Dane fashion, he saved 10 percent and avoided all sales tax by ordering it from Amazon.com. A savings of about $30. Great, except it meant he had to wait two agonizing weeks for the king of all grown-up toys to arrive.

Today, it came.

I got home from the gym after work and rather than a greeting, I got: "Look."

And, yes, lo and behold, there it was, on the living room floor, plugged in in all its glory to our laptop.

Hallelujah, a new day has begun.

So tonight, we've played air hockey (I beat the computer 7-6, thank you very much), waved it around while it made light saber noises (a true hit with Rye, who actually instructed me how to do this within a minute of my arrival home), played Labrynth (you remember - this is where you maneuver a ball through a maze without letting it drop into a hole. Just now, Dane said, "OK, I just have to stop. This is getting stressful!") and bowled. Dane has also done a myriad of other things, I'm sure, like check his e-mail, comment on friends' Facebook statuses, visit Huskerpedia, plan our retirement ... I'm thinking there is no end to what the Touch can do.

Earlier, he said, "You're never going to hear me talk again."

Hmm.

I didn't sign up for that, but I am glad the grown-up boy in our house finally has a really sweet toy.

8 comments:

bryan said...

hmmm ... I feel slightly responsible for this.

Jenny @ Daily Dose of Motherhood said...

Yay for Dane!

It does look like a lot of fun. And thanks to Dane and Bryan (twitter updates), I'm leaning toward adding one to my Christmas list as well. Will I get one? Probably not, but a girl can dream!

This post was fun, thanks for the smile!

Sara said...

Hahaha. Great post. The Touch does look super sweet.

chris said...

Yes, Bryan is fully responsible for this. And it will cause you to have a silent husband. ;) I speak from experience.

Veronica said...

Bryan, I am blaming you. At least 95 percent.

We also now have a worn-out white athletic sock seemingly everywhere I look. Like on the kitchen table.

I'm also blaming you for that.

Jenny, you'd like it, I'm sure! Sara, so would you.

Chris, you and I will have to band together or something in support of wives everywhere who have been dropped in favor of an electronic.

Dane Stickney said...

I'm totally posting this from my Touch. That is all.

bryan said...

hey, the less I talk, the less you have to hear about my iPod. Or bikes.

Ashley said...

COOL! That touch sounds awesome! But, unfortunately, I will probably never ever get one!