Tuesday, June 24, 2008

iPod Vending Machine

I had intended my very first post on this blog to be a report on some important learning from this visit to the USA. Like any self-respecting kid in a mall I have been distracted by a vending machine. Our first visit to shops since landing 24 hours ago was to a mall in Pleasanton, California and outside Macy's we ran into this. It completely captured us and a few photos later you are looking at it on blogger. Barbs1 has already asked on twitter if I bought something! Well the temptation was huge I will admit - to put some money in the slot and see an iPod drop out the bottom. But we resisted, pacing ourselves for the iPhone release on July 11th.
We are wondering if this is a new approach to healthy eating though. Is this the answer to the healthy tuckshop debate going on in NZ schools at the moment? Replace Coke machines and pies with iPod vending machines. Now that would raise a bit of pocket money for the PTA!


  1. Yay- We can follow along your journey and live vicariously through you.

    Do you feel the weight on your shoulders??

    You are now in my RSS.


    I am logged in as a user of a brand new blog just made this morning for a French teacher t Motueka High School.

  2. Wow - wonder how long before we see one of these in NZ? I'll look forward to following the rest of your US sojourn via this blog :-) I wonder what other goodies you'll find in your travels?

  3. Enjoy! I'd be like a kid in a lolly shop.

  4. Cool photo ! Now we just need them to drop in price so the machines will take our spare change (or what's left after filling up the gas tank). I'll definitely be back to see what else you find. :-D

  5. Good on you for restraining yourself until July 11th :-) I am counting the sleeps until I get my iPhone! It is always amusing seeing something that you are used to being used in a way you don't expect. When we were in Croatia, we went into a penny arcade type of place and there was one of those machines that you normally see soft toys in with the claw that you drop and try to pick one with and drop it into the chute. The one in Croatia didn't have soft toys, it was filled with packets of cigarettes! I'll be following along on this trip virtually :)

  6. @AllanahK I didn't realise you were bilingual! And yes, just like the All Blacks, I feel the weight of the nation everytime I log in :)
    @derekw @donnady @barb Too many of the goodies are finding their way into my bag and I was overweight at the domestic FIRST airport. How bad/good is that!
    @suzie vesper Love your Croatian experience but I think we need to keep that one a long way from our school. You will be unstoppable with an iPhone...

  7. I'm not sure I would've managed to restrain myself. It brings a whole new meaning to being like a kid in a candy shop!
    I've been reading your blog in reverse from newest to oldest post - it sounds like you've had a fabulous time. :)