Christmas Gift for Parents

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  1. Who-Me?

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    Thanks in advance for your help and rude comments.

    I’m puzzled with what to get for my parents this Christmas. My sister says that they would like a tablet. I looked into it and I can get a 10” tablet from Verizon for $99 on a two year data contract. The data plan would mean that they never have to worry about connecting to Wi-Fi for the damn thing to work.

    A little background, my dad is 72 and mom is 68. Both use the computer for email, games (old people type) and Facebook. They are set in their ways, still use AOL. Dad has trouble getting around, Marine Corp, labor type of employment and boxing has taken its toll on his body. Mom is getting over a year that involved cancer surgery and a heart attack (4 stents).

    I’m not as sure as my sister that they would enjoy the tablet. My wife and I use ours at home or in the car all the time, it’s a great source of information. I see my parents looking at this as another piece of tech that will irritate them.

    What are your thoughts and/or experiences with old folks and tablets?
     
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    matching tombstones
     
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    lot of new member lately :coffee:
     
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    They don't want a goddamn tablet. If they wanted one, they would have one.

    They want your time. Figure out a way to spend more time with them doing household chores, running errands or whathave you.
     
  6. Lou Loomis

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    Welcome, sleeper cell :hw:


    Happy Holidays
     
  7. face palm

    face palm Well-Known Member

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    They don't want a goddamn tablet. If they wanted one, they would have one.

    They want your time. Figure out a way to spend more time with them doing household chores, running errands or whathave you.


    holy shit your kid hates you more now than ever
     
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  8. Danas Boyfrien

    Danas Boyfrien Trump's African American Gold

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    Go to their house and find something that needs to be replaced that they don't want to spend the money on. Only a faggot would try and force technology on old people who don't give a fuck.
     
  9. DrSublux

    DrSublux Who am dis VIP

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    Drive them somewhere, I took my in laws on a long weekend to Niagara falls and I didnt have to pay for shit. All I did was drive them around.
     
  10. Blackened

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    my mom wasn't interested in a tablet but I bought her one anyway, now I'm certain she couldn't get through life without it. Reading the newspapers ebooks, netflicks, games, I don't even think she turns on the TV anymore, she just watches on her iPad through the hopper
     
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    and wtf is this faggit?
     
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    sounds like they are happy with the technology they have now. where would they use the tablet if you got it for them?
    idk, I would figure something else out...or at least hint around with them to see if there's an interest.
     
  13. A Succulent Chinese Meal

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    Porn for Pops when he's on the can.
     
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    This scum bag is trying to cheap out w/ a 10" screen. Those old fucks can't see that
     
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    Thread title should really be, "I think I've found a way to only spend $99 on my parents."
     
  17. Who-Me?

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    More like a $400 gift with the two year data plan. Not that it's a money thing, I would get a better tablet if I thought it would make a difference.

    Even though they live an hour away from me I see them every month, birthday, holiday, talk on the phone almost weekly. There is nothing I can do for them in the home, they are well off financially and have almost everything. Each retired in turn when they hit 55. They've vacationed in all 50 states, several trips the South America, Caribbean, Canada, etc. They don't just sit around, the though was that the tablet would find use in and outside of the home. I got them one of those large Garmen GPS units about 10 years ago that they still enjoy. It contains a lot of data, but needs updates every couple of years so that roads, business names and numbers are still accurate. I think its screen is only 7 or 8 inches, it was the largest they had at the time (the time before smart phones). The tablet would replace that and add more features.
     
  18. Harry Gibbs

    Harry Gibbs the boss of all men

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    they never use the data/lte because they're always at home and connected to wifi. save yourself some dough on the data plan and skip it.
     
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  19. A Succulent Chinese Meal

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    Sounds like you want to get the tablet.
     
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    They want a new computer.