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maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.4 - Posts: 2671)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 2:54 PM

I FELT LIKE A TIME TRAVELER TODAY

A time traveler sent to the future without warning or a Rip Van Winkle who slept for well over 25 years. I've just returned from Circuit City after getting a remote control for a PlayStation 3 for my daughter's godson (they're having a sale on the remotes this week). I wouldn't know a PS3 if I fell over it, and I think I might have, and I had to ask a clerk who did point me to the appropriate area. I was totally clueless about the uses for well over 70% of the items in the store and I had never heard of the movies that were on sale and being grabbed up.

I also had a problem with the rebates on a laptop I got a few weeks ago. I had to call my daughter today to walk me through what she had already sorted out, put in addressed envelopes, and had stick-um notes on the envelopes about what to copy.

WBW (way back when) I was really good at that cool video game, Pong. I could certainly deal with a Walkman. I should have seen this technology problem coming when I got a VCR and had to put a bandaid on that blinking 12:00 because it was so annoying.

Is there any hope?

siouxsie
Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 8:21 PM

I've had exactly the same experience! My grandkids all have video game consoles, but they all have different brands, and I have no idea who has which one or which model of which brand. Then there are the hand-helds--the GameBoy and the Nintendo DS, which half of the grandkids also own. Then to keep up with which games they have--impossible. If my kids want me to buy something for the grandkids, they have to speak slowly and spell it out. But to me, it's kind of like going to the grocery store. You really don't need to go down half the aisles. All the good stuff is on the perimeter--the produce, meat, dairy. Modern culture is the same way. You don't really need to know that stuff, not as long as there are still books to read and card games to play and sunsets to enjoy.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 8:52 PM

You put a bandaid over the blinking 12:00! Brilliant! That's been driving me nuts for 20 years!

LOL

Katy

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 8:55 PM

Yeah, I thought I was cool back in the 80's when I had a Commodore 64 and mastered Jumpman Jr. Now I don't attempt anything more complicated than Tetris. Programming a VCR is up there with brain surgery as far as I'm concerned.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 9:29 PM

I feel like a near- genius. I have mastered the cable box that we just got, and can program it to record all episodes of Curious George, and only save the latest 5. I know how to do this. Of course, there is a slight problem. When we mute the TV, the air conditioner goes on. Seriously. Our remotes have minds of their own.

Alice

bravegator
Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 10:39 PM

*shakes head*

I REALLLLY wish Maurlin was just kidding or even exagerating a littl... but after 3-4 phone calls, including the one to tell her which page the remote was on so she could just show the picture... and the 4 (NO exageration) calls about the rebates, when all she had to do was copy 2 of the 4 UPCs (i had done everything else when i was there last week... Of course I had to make up an explanation when my godson asked why she called so many times....

AND she really did have band aids on all of the VCRs

*sigh* but she tries!! You gotta love her


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