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Mar 12, 2019 09:15PM
Mar 12, 2019 10:56PM
keywestfan, if it's on your way home from Evanston Hospital, treat yourself to some killer pie at Dollop (Chicago 2 blocks s. of Main). I suggest (if they have it) the Passionfruit Meringue or Smores.
Yesterday I decided to get ready for my upcoming trips (NOLA this weekend, Amsterdam & Israel end of March/1st wk. of April) by upgrading my iPad. I have a few old ones (a 2014 Air, a 2011 Mini and a 2013 Mini 3 with cellular) that don't hold a charge very long, and have been using them for the bathrooms and kitchen. Last year I bought the 10.5" Pro, with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio, and it's been my travel "laptop" ever since. (Nice not to schlep the actual laptop, and the Pencil lets me scribble notes at lectures & seminars without amassing & having to save legal pads). But the problem had been that I'd chosen the wi-fi-only version, figuring I'd use the Mini 3 (Verizon) and my phone (AT&T) to "tether" as mobile hotspots if I couldn't find free &/or trustworthy wi-fi. Thought I had it all figured out--I was sooo clever.
Let me tell you what a PITA (and I don't mean Middle Eastern pocket bread) that was: had to carry the Mini 3 with me, along with my iPhone, because I needed to maximize available data on both carriers' plans w/o overages*--plus the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, accessories, yada yada. Picture me sitting on a hotel room bed with the iPad Pro with keyboard on my lap, with the Mini and phone scattered about within range...and needing 3 USB ports to plug all of the stuff in. (Not to mention Bob plugging in his Kindle and iPhone). And last year's Pro had no place to park the Pencil, so I had to use a clear plastic shell around the back of the Pro with a clip to hold the pencil. That Apple Pencil charges via Lightning, so I couldn't charge it and the Pro at the same time w/o buying another adaptor...and therefore, needing yet another USB port or outlet to acccommodate a charging cube. Then there was the pencil case to hold the Apple Pencil, rear cap, tip protector, charging attachment & cable, yada yada. The plastic clip didn't hold the Pencil very securely, either--and the combined weight & dimensions of the Pro, its rear shell, the Smart Keyboard and (insecurely) attached Pencil were about the same as my actual laptop (sans clamshell protector).
So when the 11" iPad Pro came out, I read a lot of reviews and decided to get it: even though I had to buy a new Smart Keyboard folio (the magnets that dock it to the tablet are in a different place) and Apple Pencil (the old one won't work with the new Pro). But even though the 11" model's screen is bigger, its dimensions are smaller and weight lighter than a "naked" 10.5", and much smaller & lighter than the 10.5" model with accessories attached. The new Pencil charges by magnetically attaching to the rim of the tablet--and stays much more securely than the old Pencil did in the clear shell's clip. Only downsides are no "home" button, which means FaceID instead of fingerprint sensor, and charging via a USB-C port & included short cable instead of Lightning. (Both Pros lack a headphone jack, since most users now prefer Bluetooth, but the iPhone's Lightning earbuds work with the earlier Pro). I am a comparative dinosaur). My Lightning cables will still work with the iPhone, but I had to pop for a USB-to-headphone-jack adaptor so I can use old-fashioned earbuds rather than burn through the battery in my AirPods (which I have linked to my Apple Watch).
(Sorry if I'm losing the tech-averse here--I still can't believe I understand all of this at 68).
And most importantly, the new 11-incher has cellular. All I had to do was swap out the generic SIM card with the Verizon SIM from the Mini 3, and confirm with Verizon that the cellular data number ported over. I mentioned offhandedly to the salesperson that I guess I'd have to find somewhere to give away the Mini 3. She typed in its serial#, and said "Well, you just saved yourself $175...unless you'd rather have an Apple Store gift card." I took the trade-in offer. Meanwhile, I looked up Apple's buy-back program when I got home--and I'm getting $70 for the iPad Air and $30 for the original 2011 Mini. Of course, those will have to be gift cards, but I could give them to Gordy if he wants more accessories for the MacBook Pro he's buying with the Apple gift card we gave him for Christmas. (Or I could always use them for replacement cables & accessories).
So the 10.5" Pro will be seeing kitchen "cookbook" and bathroom "library" duty...unless I get tired of it and decide to cash it in, too. I think the salesperson said I could get upwards of $400 for it. Alas, the old Apple Pencil & Smart Keyboard Folio are not eligible.
* A data horror story: when I visited Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville) with the Bar Assn. in 2015, I flew business class on Iberia because it wasn't much more expensive than Premium Economy. One of the perks along with our free tapas & sherry was a little gift card for 250MB of onboard wi-fi. The forums I frequented back then were Bonesmart.org and the Acoustic Guitar Forum (not having yet been diagnosed with bc, I didn't know of BCO). When airborne, the wi-fi signal kept cutting in & out, so I gave up and put both my iPad Mini 3 and me to sleep. When I arrived at my Madrid hotel, I got an e-mail billing me for $250 for in-flight wi-fi overcharges. I hadn't read the fine print to buy another block of data, nor did I realize that unless the tablet was completely turned off, it would remain online; so I racked up that overcharge MB by MB--my tablet remained technically online because I hadn't turned off the wi-fi when I turned off the tablet and it was merely "asleep" despite its cover being closed. Never again.
And on that earlier cruise, I kept getting nasty messages from Verizon that I had exhausted my travel data (a paltry 3GB for two weeks' use), and racked up some overcharges--though nowhere nearly as humongous as the one I'd incur on Iberia three years hence. I learned my lesson and between my current AT&T and Verizon int'l day passes, I get up to 500MB per day on each, for $10 per day of use. Last year in Rome, I didn't hit that daily cap on either the AT&T phone and Verizon tablet,
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)