How else would I get an iPad?

I guess it was more than a month ago when Hawaii television station newscaster Kirk Matthews signed onto Twitter. His station, @KHONnews of Honolulu, recruited followers for @KHON2Kirk and to enter to win an iPad. I did, never expecting to win, and I advised Kirk to follow back. After all, I tweeted, that’s why we call it SOCIAL MEDIA. He did follow back, and we’ve had a few exchanges.

I forgot about it. Two Wednesdays ago, on my way back to my Starbucks because the newbie barrista got my order wrong (I should have tasted it before I left), I noticed a colleague congratulating me on Facebook for having won an iPad. Another colleague  sent me an email, also congratulating me. I spent nearly the entire day at work without hearing from KHON or SuperGeeks, so I was getting a little ambivalent about it.

But I did win one. It’s an itty bitty WIFI model, but we’ve got that remedied by making me a roving HotSpot Mama, via CradlePoint. The girls will love it, according to John.

So far, I’m getting the hang of it. I feel like I’m walking around the house with a piece of Waterford crystal. I’m looking forward to getting a case, which should come any day now. One of my HMSA colleagues took a video of me opening the box when I first brought it to the office. He assured me that it’s the appropriately geeky thing to do. Since I have to work at my geekiness, I embraced the idea. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.

It’s been great for Words With Friends, reading news websites, displaying Tweetdeck, and hanging with my friends on FaceBook. I have yet to try to watch a movie from my Netflix account with it, but I plan to. And none of my earphones fit, so I’ll have to take care of that.

Mahalo to SuperGeeks and to KHON2 for this awesome gift. I appreciate having it, and I hope it increases my stock in the social media universe.

By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.


  1. an unboxing video? that’s massively geeky. i’m impressed! i’m sure you’re going to have a blast using it. hurry and get that netflix stream going, so i can, um, help you enjoy it.

  2. Agreed, unboxing video definitely increases your geek cred. My wife was too excited to get hers open and setup, so we didn’t do an unboxing video. Actually, now that I think about it, I’m usually too excited to film it. But I usually catch a few photos.

    Welcome to iPad ownership and enjoy.

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