Since I began writing for Gear Diary I have gotten to know my FedEx and UPS delivery people quite well. Fact is rarely do two days pass when I don’t see one or both of them.
I sold my Kindle2 a few weeks back and had no plans to purchase another one unless Apple doesn’t come out with a light-weight tablet in the next few months. For reasons I will go into in another post, however, I ordered a Kindle DX. That’s where this story begins.
I’m at home writing all day today. Early in the afternoon the FedEx truck pulled up. I knew it was my friend delivering the Kindle DX so I got up for my desk to greet him. (Our driveway is rather long and steep and I’m happy to save him half the hike whenever possible.) He handed me the box and said “Enjoy your Kindle!”
“Ah,” I said smiling, “You know what it is.”
“Sure,” he replied, “It is a pretty distinct box and besides, it says ‘Kindle’ on it!” (Okay I felt dumb!) He continued, “My wife got me one and I love it.”
I asked him what he used as a case and he told me he didn’t have one.
“Follow me!” I said.
I had two cases remaining from my Kindle2- an amazon case that I bought with it and a JAVOedge case Larry had reviewed and then sent to me. I grabbed them, handed them to him and told him to try them both and see which one he liked more.
(I love this perk of writing for GD. Often I review items and then, if I am not going to personally use them, get share them with other members of the team or with friends. I can’t tell you how many times I have been with people whose iPhones were naked. In horror I always pull off the case I was using that day and hand it to them saying “A gift from Gear Diary”!)
Back to today’s story…
After I gave him the two cases the day took an even nicer turn.
“So I have to tell you,” my friend said, “We were on vacation a few weeks ago. My daughter was doing some research online about different devices and used some things you have written.”
“On Gear Diary?” I asked.
“Yeah, she showed me a post about the pros and cons of the iPhone and Blackberry and I said, ‘Hey, i know that guy… he’s on my route.”
They say each of us is connected my no more than six degrees of separation. Writing for Gear Diary cuts that down quite a bit.