I have been branching out in the world of technology lately after finally fulfilling my New-Every-Two requirement with Verizon Wireless. For the last two-ish years, I have been using the LG Chocolate Cherry. For the last one-and-one-half-ish years, I have basically not liked it. I didn't like the sliding action or the touch wheel or the size. And right after I got the phone, they came out with an upgrade to it that looked much better, and I was mad I had bought it before the new one came out. But...you live and learn, and I made it through the two-ish years (with the one blip on the screen when my phone fried itself and I had to get a new one), and now I was ready for something new.
My new phone arrived the other day. Now, I am the proud owner of the LG Voyager Titanium. Thanks to my on-line discount and my New-Every-Two credit, I paid only $50 for this phone that is so much more than my old phone was. This Voyager has been billed as Verizon's answer to the iPhone. It's a lovely piece of equipment with great features (most of which I am too cheap to pay to use), and I love it. I especially love the touch screen on the front and the full QWERTY keyboard that it flips open to reveal. I don't text all that often, but I would to do more of it, and that keyboard will help!
I also was excited to hear this week that Google was introducing their new web browser, Chrome. I used Internet Explorer for a long, long time, and when they came out with the newest version, I tried to continue using it, but I hated it. I read around in the Blogosphere about what other people were using, and I became a Firefox convert. Firefox has everything I would ever need in a web browser. I love that it can open new tabs when I want it to. I love that it is fast and doesn't freeze up on me. And I love that it supports Google's toolbar because without the "AutoFill" feature, I would be a much less happy (yet also much less lazy) internet addict.
Enter Chrome. Of course, I downloaded the beta version right away. After all, I love Google, Gmail, Blogger, the Google toolbar...all Google products. The only non-Google product I use regularly is Flickr, and that is just because I joined it before I learned about Picasa. I am big fan of Google. I couldn't wait to try Chrome.
And? Eh...I am not so excited about it anymore. I do enjoy that the homepage is a snapshot of your most-visited pages. However, that is the only thing about Chrome that I like better than Firefox. I have heard people say that they like that it is so clean and spare. Well, I like to have various toolbars at the top of my window to help me more conveniently navigate the internet. I would maybe have expected some of the same functionality as the Google toolbar, but not even the AutoFill feature is to be seen. And the thing that bothers me most of all is that there is no "home" button. It has "front," "back," and "refresh," but "stop" and "home" are mysteriously missing. I use them both quite often, so a browser without them is not one for me.
I will, however, keep an eye on it to see if any changes are made that make it more my style.
Now, switching gears into the political arena, which is a place I don't often find myself...
I am a registered Republican. There, I said it. Please feel free to throw rotten eggs and tomatoes at me. I am sure that some think I deserve it. And I will be voting for McCain/Palin in November.
The other night, I read something on another blog that got me so inflamed that I started typing out an off-the-cuff diatribe about the reasons that I am supporting McCain/Palin this year and the reasons that I would not, in any version of this life, cast a vote for Obama/Biden. Wisely, I hit "save" instead of "publish," went back the next day, reread it, and hit "delete." I sounded much like a raving lunatic, and that is not what I wanted to sound like. I wanted to sound like the educated, relatively rational woman that I am...not some shrill, borderline hysterical female.
Anyway, here's the deal. Every time someone mentions to me that Sarah Palin is anti-abortion and doesn't support sex education in schools, I just shake my head in disbelief. Is this really what you are most worried about? Gas costs $3.50 per gallon (ballpark figure), my estimated heating oil costs almost doubled this year (and some may say I got off easy), there is a war going on in Iraq, banks are failing, and you are worried about abortion? Really?
Here's the deal...America has a three-branch government for a reason. Just because Sarah Palin becomes vice-president doesn't mean that the abortion clinics across America are going to be forced to close their doors. She will not, as one person, have that much power. Regarding sex education, she advocates abstinence-only education and does not support explicit sex education programs in schools. Well, you know what? If anyone is going to speak explicitly about sex to my children (when I have them), I want it to be me. I will perhaps forever be scarred by watching my poor, quiet friend Shannon be made to put a condom on a banana in tenth grade. Mortifying. And when the time came for me to put a condom on someone? I couldn't do it! The banana-watching didn't work! He had to do it for himself! So that was really effective sex education, don't you think? Again, not an issue I care about.
What I do care about is that we are in tough times, and McCain is someone with experience in government who can help us save our country. And Palin is someone with executive experience who can be right beside him to help us on our way. In my mind, this is not about her being a woman or a hockey mom or a VPilf. It's about her and McCain, together, being the best chance this country has to get out of the mess that we have gotten into. When they lay out their plans, I see substance. When their opponent lays out his plans, I see vague promises of "change" without many concrete plans to back that up.
I have rarely gotten this interested in a Presidential election in the past. Eight years ago, I voted for Al Gore, and after seeing him drop off the face of the map after losing the election, I was very, very happy to have George W. Bush in office when 9/11 happened. Al Gore did not have it in him to get our country through such a tough time, and no matter what you think about Bush, he came through. Four years later, there was no way I was casting a vote for John Kerry, so I helped to vote Bush back into office.
Now, we are making history. For the first time ever, a black man and a woman are running for the top two offices in the United States. No matter which candidate wins, history will be made. However, when choosing between an experienced United State Senator and one who has been in office only a few years, I will be going with the experienced candidate who I think is best prepared to serve our country as President.
And that candidate is John McCain.
That being said, I know that most of the people who read my blog and comment regularly are not on my side of the fence on this one. I hope we can still be friends!!!