I got an iPad. (Thanks, Mom.)

I realize I’m behind the curve on this iPad thing. It took me a while to understand the point. What do I need with a weird in-between machine that is neither phone nor laptop? Or so I initially thought. But I get it now. I won’t try to explain it here. If you have an iPad, you already know. If you don’t have an iPad, well…I’m sorry but you won’t understand until you’re lucky enough to get one.

I’ve only had the iPad about a week and I’ve hardly scratched the surface of its usefulness, nor its ability to waste my time. I have much to learn yet, but one of my biggest iPad discoveries so far (on both the usefulness and time-wasting fronts) is Instagram. I installed Instagram on my iPad three days ago and have been obsessed with it ever since.

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The Melville Cat. My first Instagram photo.

I don’t totally understand Instagram yet and I’m not sure how to describe it. Basically, it’s an app that allows you to take simple photos using an iPhone or iPad, edit the photos on the spot with funky effects, then share them via various social networking tools. I actually find Instagram a bit bewildering and annoying to use. And yet, I love it. I love it so much.

I decided to carry my iPad around this weekend and document life through Instagram. Here are some highlights.

20120902-193226.jpg The Melville Cat watches the sunset.

20120902-193858.jpg Young competitors fight in an amateur tournament at the Hillbrow Boxing Club.

20120902-194833.jpg An aloe and a blooming lucky bean tree behind the Lucky 5 Star.

20120902-195342.jpgCactus flowers in a pot. It’s the first time this cactus has bloomed since I moved here two years ago.

20120902-195627.jpg My bedroom window, Sunday morning.

20120902-195853.jpgLucky, dressed for a Sunday afternoon on the town.

20120902-200427.jpgNinja, my friend’s dog, takes an afternoon snooze.

20120902-200744.jpgMelville motorcycle.

20120902-201023.jpgAloe tree outside Picobella, one of my Melville hangouts.

20120902-201247.jpgJozi skyline at sunset.

It’s liberating to snap photos with this strange little machine and post them right into my blog, without having to deal with bulky camera equipment, memory card readers, or PhotoShop. In fact, this entire blog post was written and photographed from my iPad. I think that’s pretty cool.

But as a friend pointed out to me at the boxing tournament on Saturday, I have now become one of “those people”. One of those people who walks around with an iPad in front of her face looking like a total dork. Sadly, he is right.

I suppose I’ll have to get an iPhone soon so I can Instagram more discreetly.

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