Saturday, September 13, 2014
My (technologically) challenged life
September 13, 2014
I've got to begin this with a sad confession. When cell phones first started arriving, I knew right away that I was missing out, but I also knew I wasn't going to catch up to everyone else right away. So what did I do? I took an old remote control, and stuck it in the fancy side pouch in my bag, specifically designed to hold your cell phone. No one could tell what I had in there, so I just went with it.
It wasn't that I didn't want to have a real cell phone, I just didn't know how to go about getting one, and I felt ashamed to admit even this fact.
My technological unprowess has always been years behind everyone else I know, and cell phones? They're just the most recent example of my ineptitude.
I've never owned an iPod, and the closest I ever came to anything better than a discman or walkman was what I called a fake-a-pod music player I owned briefly. It was a no-name brand, and had extremely no-name-like features too. I couldn't search for a song, or even see what song was about to play. I could only click "next" a bunch of times if I wanted to reach the twentieth song available to me. If I ever got up to 40 songs on that thing, I'd be amazed, but I doubt I ever listened to any of the songs past 30 anyway. It was just too much work!
Phones and portable music-playing devices aside, the technological idiot I am is still years behind everyone else in other areas too. DVR, Netflix, XM, iPad...hell, even surround sound! You name it, and I don't got it!
But how much do these sad facts keep me up at night? Not at all!
I've finally got a phone that lets me connect to the Internet, even if it's still not good enough to connect to places like Instagram. ("But I've got a smart phone," I complained to a younger friend. "It's not smart enough," he assured me sympathetically.) I do have a huge 55" TV at home, and get this: a working GPS for my car. Uh-huh. Oh, you heard that right. GPS, baby!
So okay, yeah, I still have a 2005-model PC at home, no CD player in my car, and I've yet to really look into this new blue-tooth technology I keep hearing about, but I'm okay with all that. I'll live. I may be slightly technologically challenged, but me and my Nintendo Entertainment System? We're doing just fine, thank you very much.