The Ultimate Battery Monologue
As told to me by my friend @McDtracy in answer to my concerns about battery drain on the Pro2:
"I think it's normal. The processor is alive. If you put it in airplane mode (turning off the networking connections) it will use less power. If you turn the whole iPad off it will save that battery state until you want it. Charging everyday or at least every other day is normal for these types of devices. They are getting close to desktops for CPU processing power and that move electrons just to be "on". Scanning Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks consumes more. When the display is lite there's a big need for power. and then asking the CPU to make the magic happen it's fast.
They want the battery to be as small as possible to keep the iPad weight down so it's a tradeoff with the amount of time you can go without the power tether. I'd just get in the habit of plugging it in over night and consider a battery unit for long trips."
Thank you, McD. After my death rant on Davepoo's thread you brought me back to my senses!