Monday, January 17, 2011

"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"

It's true!  "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times."  I belong in the 1950s and 60s.  I understood how things worked back then....well, at least enough to use a telephone, a typewriter, a television, a radio, a washing machine, an iron, a stove, and even a car!   They had knobs and dials and buttons you could press.  There were labels, like "on" and "off" and even sometimes "reset".  If you'd never used any one of these common, ordinary items (frequently because you weren't old enough to use it yet), you could ask your mom or your dad or even a big brother what to do.

However, I lived through the 1950s and 60s already; as well as the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 10 years into the new millennium!  None of those items mentioned above have changed so much that I cannot still use them.  They may be sleeker and smaller, but not much different than the original models.  Using those things became second nature, didn't even have to think about it.  Just pick it up, turn it on, adjust a few things, and away you go. 

There are a lot of new things these days that all seem so much more complicated and the worse part is that there really isn't always someone handy to show you what to do, because as you struggle to figure it out for yourself, it just keeps getting more and more confusing and you feel like you are the Typhoid Mary of things electronic and mechanical.  Sometimes you have to wait until the weekend when your Big Guy is home, so you can ask him what to do.  And then you can watch him do the very thing you had started out to do....the very same thing that didn't work at all for you....and it will obediently do exactly what it was supposed to do for you, but didn't! 

The Big Guy was able to get it to "reset" just exactly like the instructions said it would....Yes, he is able to actually count off 15 seconds while doing nothing but waiting for it to reset.  Unlike his wifey (that would be me) who evidently is incapable of counting off 15 seconds and letting the DAMN KINDLE DO ITS THING WITHOUT  hitting numerous commands that totally confused the little man inside, to the point where it was completely non-functional! 

Not only was said wife upset, bewildered, and generally mad at the world, she broadcast her problem with the Kindle to the whole bloomin' world on her blog!!  Thus necessitating a new posting shamefacedly admitting that the reason her new Kindle wasn't working was because it's owner is an IDIOT!

Thus, I am happy to let you all know that my new Kindle is back up and running.

Really, "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times!"


  1. Oh Mel, I feel your pain!! LOL! Don't you just hate it when that happens! I subscribed to Netflix, which my 17 yr old, live-in grandson thinks is "way cool." But, I think I need to go to tech school just to understand how to download the movies I want to watch. I got the thingy turned on the other day, watched a movie but had to wait for Kiddo to get home from school to turn the blasted thing off! No I wasn't made for these times, either!

  2. I know I know!! Same thing happens to me all the time! Glad your Kindle is working!

  3. I can relate. I am waiting for everything to be activated by voice command...I think that would be much easier. Thank you for sharing the conclusion. LOL.

  4. I'm so glad to hear that someone else feels this way, and I'm glad to read your comments indicating there are still more people who have these problems. Another problem is that, about the time I get it figured out, they come out with some new gizmo that is nothing like the first one! laurie

  5. My biggest tech conundrum was re-setting the time on the VCR after a power outage. I used to pay my kids $5 to do it for me! Now everything we have either re-sets automatically, or the manual process is practically brainless. Saves me a lot of money!


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