Gadgets in the ER

ErbandtreoI spent 5 hours at the emergency room last night/this morning for moderately severe rib pain. For most of that time, I sat outside a trio of triage rooms wishing I had had the foresight of packing a gadget in my purse before my husband ushered me to the car.

Instead, I was armed with only my Treo 650, which I never leave home without (it’s my cell phone, after all). And while it was useful for typing up this post and testing out Opera Mini, I was largely unsatisfied. Maybe if the Treo had more RAM, or I had a high-capacity SD card that didn’t cause the system to freeze, or my battery wasn’t on the verge of depletion, I”d be telling another story. But as it was, my Treo wasn’t making the 5 hours go by any faster.

What I found myself wanting was my UX180P or (and this surprised me) my Sony mylo. Being without both those things, however, I took to people watching instead. Well, gadget watching actually. And here’s what I spotted: black and white DS Lites, red Game Boy Advance SP, black 5G iPod, what may have been an LG Chocolate, and a couple of unrecognizable cell phones. That’s it! I’m always interested in what people consider to be essential for combatting boredom, and I was actually quite surprised by what I saw.  I expected to see some PSPs, a lot of MP3 players, and maybe a laptop. Didn’t you?

Anyway, the next time you’re in the mood for gadget watching, skip the ER and head to the airport.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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4 thoughts on “Gadgets in the ER

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    Are you ok? My mom went into the hospital before when she had pains like that and she ended up being in there for like 5 days.

  • I came home with a nice bottle of prescription painkillers, so I’m doing pretty well :) The doctor was concerned that I may have had a collapsed lung, but the x-rays showed that everything was fine. Thanks.

    5 days!? It’s crazy to leave the house thinking you’re just going to get yourself checked out and then not come home for nearly a week! I hope she’s okay now.

  • Hope you’re on the mend, Jenn…

    If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times.. buy those coconuts at the fruit stand and leave the climbing to the pro’s.

    Seriously though.. hope the ribs are better.

  • But what am I supposed to do with all my new tree-climbing gear?


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