I've watched my 401k - my "old-man money" - get cut in half twice in the past 10 years. The financial gurus - who make money whether I do or not - can only put on their game face and say, "Keep on investing!" even though I've just watched MANY time the amount of my monthly investment go up in... no, I don't even have smoke to show for it...
So-o-o... I've decided to divert some of that investment into the here and now, and my iPad is part of that.
On the lighter side, yeah, I take my iPad and iPhone into restaurants with me. It doesn't bother anyone when I talk on the phone - they think i'm talking to the blow-up doll across the table!
It is rather amazing, though; two people talking is not a problem to others - unless there are a couple of phones in the middle of the conversation.