I've finally managed to register my new shredder, its extended warranty AND my rebate online. I got a fairly decent start and then I got bogged down in miniscule numbers and where they might be located and which was which. I called tech support. Frankly, I think I should have just hired a 7-year-old. They seem to innately understand this stuff. And why am I buying a shredder? Why has this world become so dangerous that I can't simply tear things up and throw them in the trash? But I digress...
I first noticed this nasty trend in writers having to deal with electronics when I began using a computer. I still have that very first Mac SE. When the world falls apart, that computer will still be running. It can't access the internet but, oh, baby, can it run! I never quite understood computers. I still don't. They are in constant need of updating, sort of like revising an article but more complicated. They do things like crash which sounds dangerous and it is if they take what you were working on with them into oblivion. And is anything worth the thin air in which it's written on the 'net?
I cringe whenever I need to install new software or download an update. And was that really a sentence?
I remember dating a computer geek before computers became household items. He told me, "I can't talk with many people but I can interface with you." HUH?! Looking back on it, I'm sure it was a compliment but I couldn't help myself, he scared me and I think I left skid marks on my way out of that relationship.
Back when I got that first computer, I coined a word for a computer accessory I needed at the time and would still appreciate today: heyhoney. A "heyhoney" is the person to whom you turn and say,"Hey, Honey! Which button do I push?!"
Lacking said accessory I will continue to struggle along with each new piece of software and hardware, alone in my home office with my flopsweat, praying that nothing explodes or crashes. And, yes, occasionally wishing for the simplicity of a typewriter.
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation