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So now I have a Kindle Fire

March 3, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

When I?got myself an Amazon Kindle for my birthday, I?had no idea that there was going to be a Kindle Fire tablet to rival the iPad just a few months later. I kind of kicked myself for jumping the gun, but I?learned to appreciate the new electronic toy. Just like I?did with the laptop, the iPod Nano and other things I've bought during the years.

So I?broke down and bought a Kindle Fire anyway. I?had a little Christmas money from the folks and wanted to give the Fire a try. I told myself I'd use the Fire as a tablet and the regular Kindle as an e-reader. So far that hasn't happened. I?just have to get past the giddiness of having a cool new gadget and stop neglecting the poor thin little basic black and white Kindle.

OK, I'm guess I'm excited about having something with a touch screen. And it's in full color. The only drawback - I?have to be in a wifi spot to download things, such as videos and free apps I?keep getting and check out the internet. Well that's not too hard to find. I was thrilled to get the televised episode of "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me" from this past December. What a treat.

As for the free apps, I've been picking and choosing. I've come across a few games that caught my fancy -?one is called "Whacky Moles,"?which is your basic whack-a-mole game, solitaire (gotta have solitaire, the ultimate time-consumer), pinball and a skee ball game called Roller Lite. Now I?like playing skee ball, but trying to move an electronic ball with your index finger is downright difficult. I?chalk it up to it being a free app, but I've developed a callus on my fingertip trying to play the game. Despite that, I?don't plan on deleting it any time soon.

This past Saturday Ross and I went to see the latest offering from Studio Ghibli - "The Secret World of Arrietty." For those of you who don't know what Studio Ghibli is, it's a Japanese animation and film studio that has produced such films as "Spirited Away,"?which won an Academy Award for Best Animated feature, "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Howl's Moving Castle." I've seen a few of these movies in the last few years and enjoyed them all. And "The Secret World of Arrietty" was no different. Based on the classic book "The Borrowers,"?it's about tiny people who live within the walls of a house and borrow what the need while keeping themselves scarce from "the humans." I've never read the books, so earlier this week I?got it for just $1.59 for my Kindles. Can't wait to "crack it open."



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