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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-11 05:35
Subject: [personal|tech] iPad 3G, the thank you
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Tags:ipad, personal, tech
There are stories about things. There are things about stories. Sometimes these come together.

Some months ago, I mentioned very casually on Twitter than it was too bad cancer was sucking up all my disposable income, because otherwise I would have bought an iPad. (This was shortly after the initial announcement and well pre-release.) Cancer certainly has eaten my finances these past few years, both in terms of co-pays/out-of-pockets from my insurance carrier and indirect costs such as over-the-counter medicines, furniture, increased heating bills, etc. I wasn't complaining at the time, just making an observation about the nature of my life.

Marti McKenna and bhagwanx took note of this and organized a whip-round among friends, fans, fellow writers and a few total strangers to raise money to buy me an iPad. After discussions with some of the folks involved, I will not name names here, much as I'd prefer to, but you know who you are. As do I. And you have my deep gratitude.

The importance here isn't the iPad. That's a just a thing, however cool it may be. The importance here is the respect, affection and love of the people around me. Unasked for, unlooked for, and delivered with a casual smile and some easy grace. It's precisely that kind of emotional support that is getting me through cancer. Yes, medical science and some truly dreadful pharmaceuticals are leading the way, but those are just things, too, really.

It's you guys. All of you. The ones who pledged money to Marti McKenna and bhagwanx. The ones who would have if you'd known or could have. The ones who drop by my blog every day to wish me well and check on me. The ones who pop around once in a while to see if I'm still pink and warm. And especially those who read, read, read. Read me, read my friends, read total strangers, read books, read stories, read on the iPad and the Kindle and the backs of cereal boxes.

You are awesome. You keep me going. My most especial thanks to Marti McKenna and bhagwanx, and to everyone who supported this little project. And my thanks to every one of you. I love you all.

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User: talekyn
Date: 2010-05-11 13:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This post made my morning. Not because I contributed (I wish I had known!), but because the kindness of people always gives me a little bit of hope for the world.

A similar thing happened to me during my recovery from cancer surgery. I had long had a list of books and dvds I'd intended to ask for as Christmas presents and the like, and suddenly these things started showing up unbidden in my mailbox. The most impressive was the limited edition hardcover of "Shelf Life," the anthology celebrating bookstores.

I love those surprises. Now I'll have to read your posts about the ipad.
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2010-05-11 14:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The people you mention are, indeed, awesome.

And you're awesome.

Damn, now I'm gonna cry.
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MEG: spoon
User: djelibeybi
Date: 2010-05-11 18:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As I wrote in my own journal only today:

"An offer of a spoon is like extra psychological scaffolding, supporting the body and mind as it tackles each task, each day."

A spoon can come in the form of a telephone call, a get-well card, a silly joke in e-mail, best wishes in a text. It's knowing people care enough to let me know that counts.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-05-11 22:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You don't know me, but I need to say this.

I've known about spoon theory for several years now, but always in the context of a person having only so many spoons per day to keep things going.

I'd never thought about someone being able to give someone else that sort of spoon, but you are so right. Thank you for saying that!
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They Didn't Ask Me: writing-winslet-2
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2010-05-11 18:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If I was at your end of the country, I'd probably make a special effort to track you down and poke you with a blunt stick to check to make sure you were still pink and warm. (and not in a coma -- that's what the stick is for) Alas, we've never met in meat space.

But I'll settle for reading your latest updates and assume the pink and warm behavior. Because, as we all know, zombies and corpses can't type worth a damn. Even if they have a shiny new iPad 3G with a virtual keyboard.

Dr. Phil
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