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Tech Support For Grammies

| 2/5/2016 9:42:00 AM

Country MoonTech1

I am not tech-savvy. Period. I make no bones about it. But it is not my fault, my generation did not grow up with computers, tablets and smart phones. To us, tablets were sheets of paper all attached together that you actually wrote on with pencils. Smart phones were when we finally got a private line all to one household so no one else could hear your conversation. Kids today have grown up with all this technology, it’s how they do their homework and how they communicate. They know no other way.

I belong to what I call middle-of-the-roaders in my generation. By necessity we are forced to embrace some of the technology. We have computers but we only do the basics on them. We have cell phones but many of us still have the flip phones, foregoing the smart phones. After all, we have laptops, so why do we need our phones to be able to do everything too? We just don’t get it.

I was cruising along just fine in this middle-of-the-road space until a couple months ago when Wyatt decided I needed to be able to text. Why? I do not need to be connected to the world every minute of every day. If I do need to be, I will call them just like I have done all my life. Besides that, my flip phone and I had mutual respect for each other and we were getting along just fine. I did not want to learn something new … again!

I forgot how persistent a 14-year old can be. He won. I can now text on my smart phone. However, the saving grace is that it is on my terms. I did not want another monthly bill, another part of my generation’s frugality. So, I have a Trac Fone smart phone where you buy prepaid minutes and only spend money when you need to add airtime.

Here lies the problem. I do text, mind you it is all necessary communication. “Hi.” “How are you doing?” “What time do you want to meet tonight?” “Have a good day.” See, real important stuff. It was in no time at all that I was reminded, by my phone of course, that I was nearly out of minutes. How could that be, it had only been a couple of days. This is indeed Wyatt’s fault. He is the one who created the texting monster.

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