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Friday, January 21, 2011

Don’t Avoid the Droid!

We left DeMartini this morning about 8:30 and headed to Pismo Beach.  Had great weather (clear skies and relatively warm, no wind) all the way here.  Made really good time too.  Arrived about 3:20, got checked in, and all setup for the next 28 days or so.

The WiFi here is great which I was happy to see.  Last time we were at the west side of the park and had great signal, this time on the East side and the access point is only about 50 feet away.  So we get a very strong signal here too.

Carol and I both have library cards with the Fort Vancouver library (our local system) and the Multnomah County Library System in Portland.  We got the latter because they have e-books that you can download to electronic readers like the Nook.  The system is pretty neat.  You can browse the catalog, create a wish list, place holds, and then when the book is ready for you to check out, you can get it for up to 21 days.

Now, what is really neat for me is that, while we don’t own a Nook, I do have a Samsung Verizon Droid phone and there is a free application you can get that is totally compatible with the Multnomah County system. 

So I have already read 3 books on my phone while on this trip.  It is so easy to use.  One of my holds is for the Tom Clancy Book - “The Teeth of the Tiger.”    I put it on hold at Multnomah for the E-book version last week and received a notice today that I can download it already.  Really cool.

If you have a Droid based phone, the online library system is really a neat way to go, especially if you are an RVer and on the road a lot.

We decided to make tomorrow a chore day around the RV.  Many small tasks need doing so we will relax and work on them and enjoy the great weather.

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