Bye bye Ninja 250 :(

Claire's Ninja

Today was a little bit sad.  I had to sell my wife’s bike which means I’m down to riding the 650.  The decision wasn’t really mine since the bike wasn’t mine in the first place.  I was more a care taker for the bike to make sure it at least was put on the road once in a while but it was definitely a fun bike to have around since it was so light and even had some spunk to it when you went up past 10K RPM’s.  The reason to sell it was really because no one was riding it.  I have my own bike and since I have a little daughter, most of my time can’t be spent riding around and taking care of the bikes so my wife decided to sell hers since she really hadn’t ridden it in a while.  I put the bike up for sale on Craigslist and after a few false starts I was able to sell it to someone that had a real interest in learning how to ride and wanted a cool looking bike in the process.  I’ll admit that I love the graphics on the 250 more than my 650 and the fact that it was a special edition was just icing on the cake.  The 250 only had 1321 miles on it in 3 years.  My bike is closing in on 4000 so you can tell I didn’t have as much time for it as I would have wanted.  Although we had to sell the bike, I’m glad it went to someone that had a willingness to learn to ride it and have as much fun as me and my wife did with it.  Maybe in the future my wife will want another bike or a CanAm.  I would personally love a Ninja ZX6 636 but not right now, maybe when my daughter is a bit older and I have more cash to burn on another expensive toy 🙂
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iPad Mini with Retina!!

iPad Mini with Retina

OK so I decided to bite the bullet and get myself a new toy to play with during my long travels for work.  I was waiting for the new iPad Mini with Retina display to come out after it was announced during the Apple event in October.  This little bugger has the same processor and memory of my iPhone 5s that I use for work which on its own is pretty fast compared to a lot of my other devices that I’m using currently.  I won’t go into some long winded review of the iPad Mini, there are other places like imore.com that do a much better job than I ever could.  I just wanted to write about the fact of how awesome I think this new iPad is.  It will currently replace my iPad 2 as my traveling iPad and the iPad 2 will stay here at home for when I need a bigger iPad to do something.  I won’t lie, I’ve used both my iPad 2 and iPad Mini at the same time which by itself was pretty bad ass.  I bought the wifi version like I have for the previous 2 versions that I own but the kicker is that the Mini has 128GB of memory which translates into storing more videos onto my iPad for traveling 🙂  I also opted to go with the Smart Case in black. It reminds me of the original iPad case that I got for my first iPad and so far its held up well (I dropped the Mini because I fell asleep and it hit the bed rail…)

I like the size and how light it is too, thats not to say my old iPad 2 won’t still be used, it just won’t be my traveling companion anymore.  It still has a front and rear facing camera that my original iPad doesn’t have so maybe my wife will use it to FaceTime with me and my daughter while I’m away.  Anyway, gotta get back to playing with my iPad Mini

I passed on the iPad Air

The iPad Air was released this past Friday and I went off to see it at my local Best Buy to see if I wanted to upgrade my iPad 2. There was only one display unit and I wasn’t able to even use it because there were too many people looking at it. However after seeing it I did decide that I didn’t want another full size iPad to carry around or work. Even if I was able to get my hands on the iPad Air, just looking at it reminded me of my iPad 2 and I already have an original iPad as well. I don’t think my household needs 3 9.7″ iPads.

Instead of getting an iPad Air, I’m definitely going to get an iPad Mini with Retina Display for myself and my wife. I think I’ll get my wife the 64GB space gray and I think I’ll get the 128GB space gray model. I currently have the 64GB iPad 2 and there isn’t enough space on t for all the stuff I watch while on the plane. I consider plane time me time so that means watching tons of movies that I don’t get to see while at home since I’m busy with things around the house and spending time with y family. I also have a lot more apps than my wife does and I suspect that my wife will need the 64GB to load some videos for my daughter to watch while we’re out.

The biggest dilemma that my wife and I have now is what kind of cases to get for our mini’s. I might use a combination iPad mini smart case with a Dodocase Book Back or I might go ahead and get the full smart case but it’s all leather and I kind of like the synthetic case that I have for my iPad 2. I did already buy the Steinheil Ultra Fine screen protectors so we won’t have fingerprints on the screen and hopefully those will be in this week. They’re definitely coming in faster than the screen protector I got for my iPhone 5s. Now my wife and I just need to decide what color cases we are going to get and from who. Hopefully we can find them on Amazon.com since my wife has a $50 gift card from trading in her Nexus 7. Now I just have to keep my eyes on the internet so I can see when they finally release the iPad Mini and hopefully I can use my Amex points and my $200 Apple gift card that I’m waiting for for my iPhone 4S trade in. That will definitely cut my personal cost of getting 2 iPad minis. Can’t wait!