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When I bought my smart phone, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, my 13 grand kids and 2 great 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.

That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twitterific, Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my phone and every other program within the texting World.

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

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the bluetooth (it’s red) phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line talking to my wife and everyone within 100m was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dashboard, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying and 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 at the next light. 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 streets 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 lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions, 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 grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden “Paper or Plastic?” every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, “Paper or plastic?”  I just say, “It 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”.

We senior citizens don’t need anymore gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

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  1. No twitter is not for me, Facebook and email are enough to keep in touch with the family and Skype for the overseas ones 😛

  2. Lol it can get very confusing and sometimes confronting, but I love face book now and couldn’t be without it.. Love my mobile phone and use the gps on it as well, very handy when I have to navigate around cities I am unfamiliar with..

  3. I like Facebook but then I only have 2 children and 3 grandchildren and 6 friends ! Not complicated! Lol

  4. Technology does get the better of me but I wouldn’t be without Facebook now. In the absence of phone calls, frequent visits……’s the only way I know what my family is doing! Turning on the computer and opening Facebook is the first thing I do in the morning.

  5. Love it that’s me to a tee ,still trying to work out what to do and when to do it.

  6. I joined Facebook to get photo’s and messages about my grandchildren now I use it to keep in contact with old friends. I just love all the things that starts at 60 sends out and I am able to send all the hints and receipts on to family and friends.

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