Heeeee’s back! No, not The Terminator. Arnold is otherwise occupied. It is I, as Winston Churchill was wont to say. I have been out of pocket for the past couple of weeks. Getting back to a routine is not so easy. Eventually I will wind up the reunion aftermath, which I will get back to working diligently, but not at breakneck speed.
For something different:Just so you do not conclude that I don’t have a life outside the reunion, I will eschew the fixation on our recent great reunion and offer a few thoughts to ponder.
Confessions of a smart phone non-junkie. I readily admit that I have a smart phone. I also readily admit that it usually sits on my desk, turned off. I think my bill usually shows about 35 minutes a month actually calling someone. My phone has about five apps, mostly banking related. I don’t play games on the phone. I rarely text, read emails on the computer, and don’t talk to the mysterious voice of Siri on the iPhone. Still, I pay some exorbitant amount in case I want to. One reason I don’t text is because I have fat fingers, and it takes a terribly long time to type in a text. A second reason is that each one costs 20 cents. Of course, if you send more than 50, you can pay $10 a month and have unlimited texts. Thirdly, with the iPhone, Apple has commandeered my PC, and I hate it. Now all that may change because I discovered I can dictate the text message and the voice recognition is pretty decent.
While I am not into the social networking, I do have concern that technology is passing me by. Main frame computers have been around for 65 years, and the desktop has been here for thirty-five or more. Social media is what is making us not users dinosaurs . So today, I spent some time trying to educate myself on some of the stuff that is out there. Here are some of the hot social media packages today. I won’t describe them, but I will show my ignorance since some have been around for several years. Pinterest and Instagram are probably the two most widely used, but then there is Google+, Tumblr, Rdio, Vine, Whatapp, Obvoo, etc. and so it goes. Hulu and Pandora are pretty commonplace by now.
Turning philosophical and pondering old age, whenever it gets here. I was reading a book and came across this statement, which struck a chord. “And it’s a life with no shortage of moments to recommend it, a life that picks up speed like a boulder rolling down a hill, easy and natural and comfortable, and yet beyond control somehow; it all happens so fast, you wake up a young man and at lunch are middle-aged and by dinner you can imagine your death.” I probably would not have given that much thought forty years ago, but now I do. How about you?
Signing off today. I do have some more photos, a few left from the kid’s party and others, so watch for them.