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I’m a disgruntled Metro-North commuter by morning, real estate journalist by day, insomniac by night, and cancer butt-kicker for life.

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An Adventure In Homonyms

Tonight, I was reiterating a story I read on Buzzfeed to Alex: A man left his iPad on a plane, and when he realized it was missing, it was no longer on the plane. In short, the woman who stole the iPad started taking self-photos with the device, which automatically uploaded to the Apple iCloud. Now the man knows what the thief looks like and hopes the collective power of the Internet can identify the culprit. Read more: Selfies Of iPad Thief Delight Original Owner And Rest Of Internet.

I’d gotten no further than telling Alex, “A man left his iPad on a plane, and when he realized it was missing, it was no longer on the plane,” when Alex replied. “So what? They get tossed out all the time. Don’t leave it on a plane if you want it.”

I was taken by surprise, and asked him why he’d be so laid back about losing an iPad.

“They’re worthless,” he said. This, from one of Apple’s original fan boys?

“But you don’t realize why this story’s funny,” I said. “The person who jacked the iPad keeps taking selfies and they’re automatically uploading to iCloud.”

“Huh? What does Apple iCloud have anything to do with this?”

“Umm, it’s an iPad. Apple product.”

Then we realized we were both talking about different iPads—me the electronic device, and he the “eye pads” that some airlines hand out to help you fall asleep.

Life suddenly made a lot more sense.

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