Look, I know I'm easy to irritate...
So, I traded in an iPad today. It was an original vintage 64GB version that I took on my honeymoon. It was a great piece of hardware that had reached the end of its useful life to me. I mean, sure - I could have saved it for my 5 month old son to "enjoy" in a year-and-a-half when he is allowed to have "screen time". (Incidentally, that is a bitch, because I love screen time. I live for screen time. Now I just let him drool on me instead.)
So - Target has this great deal where I can trade in the old hardware for a $200 credit. Fantastic idea. I would have bought something else from them right then and there had they had anything I was interested in purchasing. (Seriously. They were down to 2 iPad 2's and dust bunnies.) SO, I took the gift card and walked out happy.
Then I learned that there's a way to turn that $200 exchange card into a $200 Amex. I thought. "OK. I'll do it. Then I'll take my Amex and run over to Google for a Nexus 7!"
But, no. That is not possible. You see, you cannot buy a Nexus 7 from Google unless you use Google Wallet to do so. I will not use Google Wallet. They have a very poor track record.
So - I guess I'll just sit on my pretty cash card and wait for the iPad Mini Retinas to show up at Target. Or somewhere else that would take a prepaid Amex card.
I was going to give you money on a long-shot Google, but you completely blew it. I imagine I would be just as irritated when I learn that I have to use "Google Wallet" to buy anything from your crappy app store as well...
And about the book... The kid is sleeping now, thus so am I. My writing gear is kicking in again so please don't give up on me. The second book is getting better and better.