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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tweet, twitter, twit

 When  I bought my Blackberry I thought about the 30-year business I  ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays  music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook  and Twitter. I  signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven  kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

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

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel  movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf  bag.

The kids 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 [it's red] phone I am supposed  to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing  aid out to use it, and  I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked 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 instead. Well, it was  not a good relationship.

When I get really lost now, I 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?" 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.
 I  was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, No, but I do toot a lot."

 P.S. I know some of you are not over 50. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are.