Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kindle vs. Nook?

Recently, I have come to a halt in my decision on whether or not to buy a new piece of technology. The problem is that there are two types of this item. The debate? Nook versus Kindle...

One thing I love to do is read. Reading is like a second nature to me. I can and love to read pretty much everything. For those of you who don't know, Nook and Kindle are electronic book readers. As the world becomes more technologically advanced, and books increase in cost, it is just more convenient and cheaper to download and read e-books. I need some feedback on which type of electronic book reader I should buy.

The Nook is Barnes and Noble's electronic book reader. If you go to the store, you can buy a Nook with free 3G wi-fi for $199. It is a new model with a touchscreen and a port for downloading music to it. It can store up to 1500 books at a time. It has almost every book written, including newspapers, magazines, and textbooks. The price for each book is around $9, but most classics are free. You can change the font and the size of the letters on the non-glare screen. It is newer, but more expensive.

The Kindle is Amazon's electronic book reader. The cost, including 3G wi-fi, is $189. It stores up to 3500 books. It is the same shape and size as the Nook. However, it has a keyboard instead of a touchscreen. You still touch the screen to turn pages, though. The cost of the books is the same as the Nook, but it has a slightly smaller variety of books. Books take less than 60 seconds to download, and you can read them in all types of light.

It's a really tough decision to make, and I am not an expert in the area of e-books. So I need your feedback. I still don't have a personal preference, so my decision will probably be based on your comments. Hmm...Kindle vs. Nook...

~Z

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Eleanore Wilson

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

~Steve, Desi, Julie, and Z

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Dances At Bishop Ahr Didn't Look Like This!

While Julie and over one thousand of her closest friends (yes, there were more than a thousand local high school kids at the Holy Cross mixer this past weekend!) danced and hung out, my role was to direct traffic, be on the lookout for inappropriate behavior, and generally help make sure the night unfolded in a secure environment.

The drop off went smoothly enough, with a steady stream of cars keeping us dad volunteers busy for an hour or so. It was the pick up end of things that was crazy, what with all of those parents arriving at precisely the same moment to pick up their daughters and sons. Given that there is a loop that cars have to make to get around the school, I took to calling the crawling procession of red tail lights the "Holy Cross Beltway." The rumors I heard had traffic backing up all the way out to Rockville Pike and then down to Nicholson (Google Map it...). Moms and Dads driving by kept remarking that they hadn't been in traffic this bad since their last concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

In between all of the traffic mayhem, there was the craziness of the scene of more than a thousand kids filling up the gymnasium and cafeteria. For a while, I positioned myself up on the stage, so I could have a bird's eye view of what was happening down in that sea of humanity. Every now and again, I ventured out into the middle of the mosh pit, to provide some adult presence and supervision. For the most part, it was just good, clean fun going on.

Overall, I have to say that the bar has been set pretty high for our 25th high school reunion, which is coming up next month. Kids versus adults...Who will win!?

~Steve

Monday, September 13, 2010

Back To The Future

I'm sure most high school students enjoy going to school dances to see friends, meet new people, and have fun on the dance floor. Although I enjoy all of the above, my favorite part of a school mixer is dressing up. Just like last year's fall mixer, there was a theme to this past Friday night's dance. While last year I dressed up like a movie star to fit the theme "Hollywood Glam," this year's theme was a new challenge.

The flyers around the school were all labeled "Back to the Future" and pictured robots...so I decided to go futuristic. I knew that practically everyone in the school was going to be sparkly, so I had to come up with some different additions. I used a black shirt covered with silver sparkles and some silver sparkle tights. After scouring the malls, we found a black, almost plastic-looking skirt at Forever 21 (where, by the way, there were a ton of other girls buying clothes for the mixer). I also wore three-inch heeled black boots. But, of course, this didn't complete the outfit.

Next it was hair time. About three hours before the dance actually started, I started getting ready. My hairdo consisted of a ponytail on the top of my head with a braid wrapped around the base. It was pretty close to the 'do of one of the women from Star Trek.

After hair came make-up. Mommy added sparkles and shimmers all over my face, as well as two stars. I wore dark red lipstick and Mommy gave me a "futuristic" manicure (dark silver sparkle nails and light silver sparkle tips).

The result? I felt like a futuristic princess! Well, you know what I mean. Or maybe I felt like I should be in Star Wars, even though that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away!

~Julie

PS: The dance itself was a ton of fun and I had a great time seeing friends who I haven't seen in years!