It’s a Choice: Keeping Up or Slowing Down!


These days I seem to be running into people who are either dropping out of Facebook, etc., or they are trying to keep up, and are feeling overwhelmed.  And then there are folks like my husband, who never wanted any part of it and thinks it is a complete waste of time! Someone sent me the following email; I don’t know who wrote it, and I hope no one is offended. No matter where you are in the spectrum, I do hope you enjoy reading it like I did.

“When I bought a Blackberry cell phone recently, I thought about the business I ran for 30 years with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter.

I only signed up for Facebook and Twitter because of the pressure from my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grand-kids and 2 great-grand-kids who told me they would be able communicate with me in the “modern way” if I did.

Not wanting to be left behind, I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grand-kids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie, Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone started beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation.

I was not ready to live like that.

So now I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids then 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 Blue tooth headset (it’s red, by the way).

Which I was supposed to use when I drive.  I wore that Blue tooth while standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone within 50 yards started glaring at me.  Maybe it was because I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I think I got a little too loud.

As far as the GPS goes, it did look 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 at the next light. Then if I made a right turn by mistake, well, let’s just say it was not a good relationship.

Now when I get lost, I just 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 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 grocery store.  You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden “Paper or Plastic?” question 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 in with me.

Now I toss it back to them.

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.

It’s only fair.

I was recently asked if I Tweet?

I answered, “No, but I do toot a lot.”

I just want to end by saying that I really don’t need any more gadgets to connect.

The TV and the garage door remote are about all I want to handle!”

I want to enjoy life…how about you?


About Sadhvi

Sadhvi's trying to find the balance in life over 50 without having any surgery, taking any pills, or killing anyone. She doesn't want to look or feel the way she felt when she was 20 or 30. Trusting that everything is really OK unless you think about it helps her make it through each day. Also realizing that nothing can be done, and, that nothing matters really helps. Gardening (and weeding), poppies and flowers, painting on things, baking, and sharing on Oops50 helps to make it all right too.

8 thoughts on “It’s a Choice: Keeping Up or Slowing Down!

  1. Did you hear that the French government banned the words, “Twitter” and “Facebook”? Leave it to the French to be that interesting, and, the first! I actually find myself wanting to become more unavailable the more ways there are to connect…you too Amana?

  2. Funny! And all too true!! Even with just owning a few gadgets my whole life has changed dramatically in the past few years. What I want to know is what has happened to good old face to face conversations…? Oh wait a minute… now we have Skype for that! Thanks for the laughs, Sadhvi

  3. Oh, how I can relate. I would like to have all gadgets rolled into one small portable lightweight piece that fits into a small purse. Maybe a mini ipad?

  4. Thanks for your comment VA…yes, I know I could not live without my computer and my cell phone? Well, I wish I could just leave it in some corner and never have to use it again! But, for business I need it. I think it’s time to just say NO to anything new. And not feel like it’s “not keeping up”. I mean, what was it that I was trying to keep up with again? New gadgets?

  5. Miz Rize, with so much focus on the latest gadgets, and how to stay in touch, or be in touch, it’s funny how just writing a letter or talking on the phone with someone is so satisfying. Thank God!

  6. LOL…Oh! I do love it…ha ha ha!
    I just got off the phone with AT&T and blocked text, no internet….just call
    and leave a message and, if I have the cell turned off, which is 90% of the time, just call me on my home phone or better yet write me a note.

    Miz Rize

  7. Sometimes all the gagetry just seems too much. I know, I know, there are benefits but it begins to feel kinda impersonal. Keep it simple I say.

  8. Wonderful article. I can remember when people were going to sue when you used your wall phone and outsiders used listening device to listen to your conversations……now I too hear all these people talking in public places, and it’s annoying. When I am doing my hobby – gambling – I think how friendly people are next to me telling me all about their life – but when they say love you honey I will be home in a minute – I know that they are using that thingy in their ear and not talking to me – how rude!

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