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    Cool Getting old, with technology

    When I bought my iphone, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a mobile phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my kids, their spouses, and grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

    My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of my entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this.
    I now keep my iphone in the garage in my golf bag.

    I got a GPS because they say I get lost every now and then, going over to the supermarket or library.
    I keep that in a box under my bed with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive.
    I used it once when I was standing in line at Coles, talking to my wife and everyone within 50 yards was glaring at me. I had taken out my hearing aid to use it, and I was talking a little loud!

    I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-u-lating." You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn when possible.
    Then if I made a right turn instead, well, it was not a good relationship..

    When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross roads, and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

    To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house.
    We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry
    baskets when the phone rings.

    The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the supermarkets. You would think they could make a decision themselves, but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just leaves me confused. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking stupid, but I never remember to take them with me.

    Now when they ask me, "Paper or Plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual." Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look.

    I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, No, but I do fart a lot."

    Us senior citizens don't need any more gadgets. The TV remote and the garage
    door remote, not to mention the Car Remote are about all we can handle.

    Retired in Florida
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    Default Re: Getting old, with technology

    OK, I'm giggling again at "you" auld pharts!

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    Default Re: Getting old, with technology

    Thank you, I needed that!

    And some think I have no sense of humor......... Eh?

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    I don't care for all of those gadgets myself. As far as Twitter & Facebook, forget it, I've lived almost 50 years w/o it, why do I need it now? And I'm not into asking phones questions, just to get a dumb answer back (Siri).

    Speaking of which, that's the best place you can keep it, in the golf bag. Better yet, pull it out & practice your swing with it. On the job, I always felt these devices, cell phones & pagers, were nothing but a leash around my neck. Because every time I got a call or page, it was trouble. I'll never forget the day that one of my employees had the nerve to call me (at 2AM) to tell me he was going to be out due to his grandmother needing a hysterectomy. A wife, I can see, but a grandmother? And was planned two weeks earlier at that?

    I told him to get to work or not have a job, & heard no more about it. Honestly, I believe he was throwing a line of BS, he had two weeks to tell me face to face.

    Believe me, I'm so glad not to have that leash around my neck any longer. 99% of the time, my cell phone is turned OFF & after my wife goes to bed, the line to the house phone is also unplugged.

    But I DO NEED my computer! It's the only way that I can socialize, w/o it, I'm lost. Want to see me in a rage? Let the cable go out for more than 15 minutes. I begin to really get pissed, they don't even pro-rate my bill for my lost time. Valium is the only thing that calms me, along with a 24 ounce Bud Ice if I have one.

    The rest of the gadgets, they can keep!

    I hear you, TM!

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    Default Re: Getting old, with technology

    Of course, you all know that I didn't write that very entertaining post....right?
    It came to me via email and I just wanted to share it with my 'buds'.

    But I do agree with the author, 100%.
    I have one cell phone, that stays in my car, for emergency use only.
    When I'm home, the phone doesn't even work. It's a PHONE, not a music player or camera.

    Cheers Mates!
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    That's all that I have TM, is one. Costs me $22 every 3 months for a double minute card, & after hunting for codes, get up to 60 more minutes, making it triple minutes.

    The TracFone is one of the best cell phones one can have, as the user is totally in control over cost. Being that I don't spend no more than 10 minutes a week on it, it's the best deal for me.

    The one that I had for work, cost over $60 monthly, after taxes & surcharges were added. I truly hated that phone, but had to have it, as well as a pager, for my job.

    Glad that I don't have to worry about that rat race anymore, either! I "retired" at 43 years old.

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    Default Re: Getting old, with technology

    And for those who are not yet too old for the very latest in technology.....there's the iPhone 5 at Walmart, no less. Just put it on your Walmart card.

    iPhone 5. Get the new iPhone. - Walmart.com

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    They can keep their iPhones. I wouldn't own one.

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    Default Re: Getting old, with technology

    Well, I'll never own one either, but I find all the hoopla about it, purely amusing.

    How about those, who sat in line for a week, to buy an iPhone 5, just so they could take it back to China and sell it for a huge profit.

    Anyone can just sit at home and order one from Walmart on their home computer. Sure beats sitting in line for a week.

    Ya think?
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    Default Re: Getting old, with technology

    I'm not into all of the fancy gadgets either. I've got a $15 Tracfone it works for my needs. I carry it on my bike rides or when I leave the house since pay phones are rapidly disappearing. It's rarely turned on unless I'm making a call. No GPS I look at a map. Not interested in Facebook Twitter or any of that. The TV remote is a pain but my autistic nephew has figured it out! Yeah just to many things to keep up with.
    Joe

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