As the B.C. day long weekend comes to a hot and beautiful end (and every weekend in Harrison Hot Springs is beautiful) I lament the loss of a faithful companion. My one and a half year old -Apple I pad has gone berserk. If you received a Facebook message or messenger FaceTime call from me in the last couple of days it was the result of the random actions of my iPad. It would move uncontrolled through several apps and randomly contact or message people .
Not since the loss of my parents have I suffered a loss of this severity. My iPad was my constant companion. I took it to work, to UFV, and spent hours of quality time with it daily. It provided me with the news, and informed me of the thoughts and actions of President Trump.
I researched issues, even legal issues on my beloved iPad. It also allowed me to communicate and argue with people on Facebook. It was always supportive of my positions, no matter how arrogant.
And my relationship with my IPad was not only platonic. It went to bed with me each night. Many were the nights both Pam and I laid side by side both basking in the light of our individual iPads, exchanging the occasional texts with each other. And they say romance is dead.
And now I am confronted with the loss of my dear friend and forced to use my small iPhone to communicate with the world.
When my iPad started acting on its own initially I thought that it had been taken over by Russian bots,or perhaps a victim of a virus. Was it possessed by the idevil or simply suffering from digital dementia? Whatever the reason I apologize to those of you who have received an irrational contact from me( or at least more irrational than usual)
I will survive my grief with counseling and move on to another new IPad but it won’t be easy. Or cheap. Pray for me please
Photo by Pamela Palmer