Thursday, April 24, 2014
Gadget girl trips over new fangled electronics...
If a VCR needed to be programmed, I was you girl.
I can still hear my dad calling me... "Jenny"
(before you go and get any smart ideas, only my family and people who knew me when I actually WAS Jenny may call me Jenny.)
Anyway... He'd be on the phone in a full on tizzy, "the bleepin' VCR is broken. I hit a bleepin' button again and the bleepin' television is all fuzz. The game is on. Can you come here (five minutes ago) and fix it before I throw the mother bleepin' thing out the bleeping window?"
With a giggle, off I went... to rescue my dear old dad from the gruesome fate of VCR scramble. The HORROR!
Heaven forbid the tape in his answering machine got messed up.
Now this is a man that, in his younger years, would climb a ladder & scale the building 3 floors up just to "steal" cable TV to the other side of our house. A man who can now not deal with the VCR.
I get the frustration. Well, I get it NOW at this stage of my life.
Back then, I truly WAS a gadget wiz. I could program computers. I knew them inside and out. I could take them apart, rebuild them, network them throughout the entire house. DOS & I?? Best Buds. I had it goin' on. I knew it and I was proud. Oh, you probably don't know what DOS is, do you? Well, whatever.
We're in the "smart" age now.
The smarter things get, the dumber I get. Smart? Easy? Really? Voice controlled? Well the flippin' thing doesn't recognize my voice! I can already feel the tension beginning to build at the mere thought of a computer problem.
I've become my dad. If I need to figure out what the hell happened to my iPhone - I call my 11 year old to fix it for me. Or to teach me. Whatever.
I laugh about this now. I mean, really... The VCR... My kids would say, huh?? VCR? Do you mean Blue Ray / DVD player?? Answering machine?
As technology gets smarter, I truly get dumber tripping over all the new fangled electronics and wondering where the hell did gadget girl go??
Oh, there she is... asking her 11 year old how to program the Blue Ray. Can you relate?
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