Monday, February 16, 2009

Mr Gadget to Mrs. NON-Gadget

My husband will attest that I am not into gadgets or the bells and whistles that come on gadgets. A new fad of something starts and I'm usually the last to know. I had to upgrade my numeric pager to an alpha numeric one. What I thought was vibrate was instead Jingle Bells in the middle of a meeting. My husband got me a Mac as I started my graduate degree back in October. It's wonderful and would be even more wonderful if I knew how to use it! :) My husband got me a new flip phone some time back. All I wanted was the flip part of the phone. It has lots of capabilities, but I just need to be able to dial and talk. I think I have four numbers listed in my contacts and it takes pictures at the most bizarre times. Oh well! An Ipod? An Itouch? Couldn't really tell you much about those. And then there is our Garmen. The latest fad for travelers. So many had great things to say, so my husband, with his generous kind heart, had Santa help him continue his quest to get me more "gadget friendly". Hmm! She has a pleasant voice, but she has got to be a blonde! More often than not, turn here, recalcute, turn here, drive 5 miles just to turn around? Giving "her" the benefit of the doubt, I allow her to get me home on Sunday from Wilmington. Talking to Walker, yelling at the dogs, radio blarring, I follow the instructions provided like the dutiful, seatbelted driver that I am. "She" sends me down I40 to Fayetteville, then home! What was she thinking? So, I pull out my trusty old-timer Garmen - the map- and decide MY way is better! Well, several off roads later, a detour on Highway 41 west, a two lane road behind a slow poke, and 3 and 1/2 hours later- we arrive. I did allow "her" to continue to talk to me throughout the trip, but only so I could count the many times I knew where I was going better than she did! What a gadget! I decided that I just don't think like a gadget! I believe in the KISS principle - Keep it Simple! I hope my husband doesn't give up on me. Perhaps there is a gadget that I will fall in love with....or maybe not!

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