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In 1964 when I graduated from high school, I was really excited to get a beautiful new portable Hi-Fi record player. It was turquoise-colored with a flip down deck and white speakers that swung out from the sides. It even came with a bag of 10 yellow plastic discs to insert in my 45’s. I used it until I got my awesome 8-track.
Now that I’m older, I’m so glad there are young kids around to keep me straight. I was walking at the park the other day, listening to my iShuffle (that was plugged into my Bose earphones.) A little boy pointed at me and laughingly shouted, “What’s you listening to -- Oldies But Goldies?” Until then, I didn’t know I was out-dated again. Thank heavens I wasn’t using my Walkman.
At my age it is so hard to keep up with technological changes without the help of younger people.
I love my new SUV. The young salesman did a great job taking me on a “button tour.” I just wish he had told me you have to push the keyless button AGAIN when you’re done driving. And the first time that eerie voice said, “Something is in the back seat,” I almost hyperventilated.
(Oh, and I didn’t really appreciate the first time my FitBit almost scared me to death by buzzing my arm and telling me to MOVE.)
Speaking of being surprised, I was kinda put off when I found the check I had given my granddaughter for college still sitting on the nightstand after she left. I called her up and asked if she had forgotten it. “Grandma, I took a picture of it with my phone and deposited it in my savings account. You can tear that up now.” Who knew?
I was so proud when I figured out how to change my phone’s ringtone all by myself. Well, that was until “Dancing Queen” started playing in church one morning. And it was definitely embarrassing when my daughter had to explain to me about bots -- because I thought Elon Musk was following me on Instagram.
Bless the young dishwasher repairman who came right away when I called. Exasperated, I complained, “I just got this new dishwasher, and it won’t open up.”
“Ma’ am, you pushed the lock button.” What?
Every time my son-in-law comes over and has to help get the television working again, he laughs at the way my husband has modified his three remote controls with colored tape. I hope he never sees the way my husband talks to the new pool robot. “Get down off the steps, Shorty. You have to go the other way.”
PS. If you see my husband, don’t tell him you know the young repair guy actually laughed when he said, “Sir, your garage door won’t go up because the flag you have propped up in the corner is hanging over the photo eye.”
Oh my, what would we do without young people?
“I’ve been calling you all day.” “That’s the calculator.”
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