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iPad with on display keyboard

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It’s been far too long since my last post. Mostly I have been teaching summer school all month, traveled a little, visited friends and family. Lived in two—or three, if you count my office—places at once for about two weeks, the last half of June, while waiting for my home air-conditioning to be repaired. I have moved a lot in my life, but that stretch epitomized discombobulation. Note that I intend no lack of appreciation for the kind friends whose hospitality enabled me to survive at all!

Birthday present? You’re seeing it—this post is being typed on my new iPad, thanks to extra income from summer school and contributions from my dad and sister. A mobile wireless device like this may not be a big deal to a reader who has been emailing/texting/blogging/ruling the world from your smartphone/net book/laptop/dark tower, but this is the first time I’ve owned something so light and versatile. Still figuring it out, but if all goes well, it should contribute to the success of the London study abroad trip next summer.