This morning I woke up to a winter wonderland outside my window. It doesn’t last that long in Manhattan, too many people walking on the sidewalks, too many cars on the roads. I was curious to see what other neighborhoods looked like. I decided to ask family and friends to take photos and send them to me so I can post them on DigiDame. Thank you Mr/Mrs Internet for allowing us to share photos so easily.
Being the snoop I am, I took a picture of what I thought was a Croatian family all glued to their personal electronics. It was almost midnight when I spotted them. Eliot and I, along with Ruth and Howard Greenberg, were having White Coffee (the term we use so Croatians know not to make it strong) on the veranda at our hotel in Dubrovnik, The Lapad.
I was attracted to the fact that the trio was also drinking coffee together but only interacting with their ebook, iPhone and iPad. I commented to my group, “Look at the Croatians next to us. They look so American.”
It turned out they were from Georgetown, Kentucky. They had just arrived in Dubrovnik from London where they had participated in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Now they were touring Croatia.
The Johnson’s take their electronics very seriously. Even though they were in Europe celebrating the dad’s 70th birthday, they were monitoring the sales levels of their mom and pop business back home. The Johnson’s are funeral directors. Mrs. Johnson explained that they check the obits in the vicinity of their business on a daily basis to see who is using their facilities and service.
Wow that was an eye opener. By the time I had the conversation with them, Mr. Johnson had retired for the evening frustrated over some technical difficulty with his company website. Mrs. Johnson was posting pictures on Facebook and her son was communicating with friends in Australia, where he now works as an interior design consultant for a local airline company. He ventured outside of the family business, but his sister is full time.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have been using iPads and ebooks for three years now and claim they could not be as free to travel if they didn’t have their digital equipment. I checked out the apps on Mrs. Johnson’s iPad and was astonished to see the depth of her library.
My next post is going to be all about how the $100 Mrs. Johnson spends per year for a personal assistant at the Apple store has changed her life.