Sunday, January 23, 2000

Life with the Palm VII

There are three words in the English language that end with 'gry.' One is hungry and the other is angry. What is the third word?

So went the riddle. Pulling out my Palm VII, I tapped on the Merriam-Webster Palm Query Application (pqa) and searched for "*gry." Wirelessly, the pqa delivered not three, but only two words: "angry" and "hungry." Humph. Riddles shouldn't be taken literally.

My wife and I were shopping at Crate and Barrel where she spied a book on cooking. "It would make a perfect gift for a co-worker," she said. Pulling out my Palm VII, I tapped on the Amazon pqa and searched for the book by title. A few moments later, I said "Look. It's cheaper from Amazon.com." She bought it at Crate and Barrel anyway, saying something about shipping charges and needing to give the gift the next day.

During an eye exam, the ophthalmologist dilated my pupils. This blurred my vision and made my eyes sensitive to light -- effects that would remain with me for two hours. A local Barnes and Nobles gave me refuge from the sun, but teased me with books upon which my eyes could not focus. Sitting down and pulling out my Palm VII, I went to check my e-mail using the iMessenger pqa. I knew I could read my e-mail if I adjusted the font to the largest size, but the point was moot. I could not get a signal out of the store, even with the antennae fully extended and my arm raised in the air. Resigned, I sank into the chair and closed my eyes. Moments later, a commanding but polite voice said, "Sir, there is no sleeping allowed here."