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									                                          FROM THE GRANDSTANDS with Juan Torres

                                 Clicking My Way Through Life
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                                          or as long as                                                          press a button to read the entire article, and that
                                          I can                                                                  creates another issue: the “click” of the button.
                                          remember,                                                                 My poor wife has to sleep through the
                                  I’ve been driven by                                                            clicking. To enter a channel, a click. To read a
                                  curiosity, always                                                              headline, a click. To read the entire story or
                                  wanting to know a                                                              delete the article, another click. To exit the
                                  little more about                                                              channel, one last click. Then you start the
                                  everything. I guess                                                            clicking process all over again for each new
                                  that explains why I                                                            channel. Unfortunately, the quicker I try to
                                  entered college as                                                             finish, the more constant the clicking, so it’s
an engineering major and graduated with a                                                                        almost better that I read the entire story —
degree in journalism. In recent years, my need to                                                                more time between the clicks.
know has turned into an incessant perusing of                                                                       She claims she doesn’t mind, and the other
headlines. Top stories, world news, sports, tech                                                                 day she smiled when I told her about the race car
articles, local news, entertainment — you name                                                                   that has a top speed of 135 mph, goes from zero
the section, I scan its headlines for something                                                                  to 60 in 2.5 seconds, and is powered by chocolate
good to read.                                                                                                    (her favorite). Still, I’m sure there are times when
    My father says he’s to blame for this. He, too,                                                              she wishes she wouldn’t have given me the
will read just about anything and always has some                                                                phone. ND
sort of reading material nearby, and I’m certain
that if he had a BlackBerry like I do, he, too,                                                                  Juan Torres is the managing editor of National
would become a Viigo addict. For people like us                                                                  DRAGSTER. You can reach him at
who like to keep up with what’s going on in the                                                                  jtorres@nhra.com.
world, programs such as Viigo are a godsend,              Just some of the 35 channels I subscribe to.
though I think I know of one person who may not
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be as thrilled: my wife.                                  a pretty good job of checking Viigo only once a
    For those who are not familiar with the               day, but therein lies the problem.                                       Competition Registration Form . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
program, Viigo is a free BlackBerry-dedicated                 Because of my schedule, the best time for                            Member Track Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
RSS reader that allows you to search, add, and            me to check my news feeds is at bedtime. Some                            Official Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
read any news feed. So, if any of your favorite           people read books and others watch TV while
blogs or Web sites offer news feeds, as                   in bed, but I break out the BlackBerry. And                              Points
NHRA.com does, Viigo will automatically update            really, there is not a better time for me to do
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the RSS channel anytime there is a new post. Not          this. After a full day at National DRAGSTER,
only that, the program gives you weather                  it’s dinnertime when I get home, then off to          
								
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