This may seem ridiculous to you, but when you get older, the world of electronic gadgets will try to pass you by like James Dean in his Porsche Spyder, blasting past the Beverly Hillbillies old truck with the rocking chair in the back.  Howie Morenz breezing by Hal Gill. Usain Bolt vs. Gump Worsley in the 200 metre.

You could be like me, and you don’t want that.

I’m falling behind and I’m not crazy about this. I want to keep up but it seems the world of technology is faster than my little brain can compute. I’m not like those people I see on street corners, bent over, looking into their hand-held gadget. I’ve never done that. I feel left out.

Maybe these people run the risk of having their heads and necks bent permanently downwards, and I’m not sure I want to run this risk. Why can’t I just phone and email when I get home? But that would mean I’d have to wait untill I got home. It’s a dilemma.

There is one disturbing sight I’m proud I’m not part of. I’m not one of those who reads their gadgets while talking to someone. You know he’s not listening, he’s reading. So you wait until he’s finished reading. I think it’s rude. Really rude. Others have agreed.

Today I’m going to the store to look at iPods. I have a lot of questions about this. How do you turn them on? How do you put music on them? How do you listen to music? I also like the idea of tablets, which aren’t as cumbersome as a laptop. It wasn’t that long ago that I thought laptops weren’t cumbersome. It turns out they became cumbersome when I wasn’t looking.

I’m trying to stay on top of things, but it’s tough. And if you think I’m an idiot, wait a few years. You’ll see.


5 thoughts on “Gadgetrometry”

  1. So true Dennis, so true. It is some cruel act of nature that as we get older the new tech seems to leave us behind while children can be introduced to new gadgets and seem to intuitively understand them which just makes it all the more frustrating. Go to you tube and check out Sugata Mitra: Can kids teach themselves? It’s over 20 minutes and you don’t need to watch the whole thing to get the gist. Pretty amazing.

  2. I just show ’em my hand crank 1953 Allis Chalmers tractor & a THE ROCKET story and the bums slink away !!

  3. Marjo, I watched it and she’s right. People are sacrificing communication skills because of these devices. Thank you. Now I feel better about being out of it.

  4. I love, love, love my iPad. I also love my iPod touch.
    My next device will be the iPad mini.
    Apple products are very user friendly and run so smoothly.
    Go for it Dennis … will not be disappointed.

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