Texting Grannies

Lately, I’ve read a lot of articles about people texting instead of talking,  texting while driving(!), distracted pedestrians texting while walking, and I even saw a 12 year old boy texting while riding his bike.

Ottawa city buses have a spacious area for parents riding with their children and it is very sad to see these young people texting and playing games when they could be talking to their little ones. I’ve even seen several kids in strollers using cell phones! They may be just playing games but perhaps they have developed a way to text each other.

Toddler #1 – “Hey Dude. On the bus. On my way to play group. What r u doing?

Toddler #2 – Hi Junior. Just woke up from a nap. Eating strained carrots. Yummmm.

I remember, way back in the 1980s, seeing secretaries at a local company who were trying to learn how to use word processors. Many of them were struggling and I wondered how a 55-year-old was going to learn the new technology when she had been using a typewriter for years and years. Now that I am a senior myself, I realize that I was selling them short.

Recently the Hindustan Times featured an article on texting grandmothers and grandfathers. Newspapers and magazines all over the world are reporting on this phenomenon.

Everywhere I go seniors are using cell phones and computers. We have PDAs and laptops. We have iPods and iPads, and are using eReaders to take hundreds of books with us wherever we go.

Just before Christmas, I was out shopping with my cousin, and I stopped at Michael’s to check out the “Rainbow Loom”. It turned out to be THE gift of the season. The Rainbow Loom is a system for making bracelets out of tiny elastic bands. Every little girl wanted one, and now all the little boys around here are using them to make bracelets for their friends.

There was a huge display of them at Michael’s, only $18.99 (no coupons allowed).  It was difficult to get close to them because there were a dozen Grannies, all texting their daughters and daughters-in-law to ask if they should buy it for their grandchildren. It was a festive atmosphere as my cousin and I joined them.


One of the Texting Grannies.

One of the Texting Grannies.


Thanks for reading and have a great day. Happy texting! – Maureen





Is There a Computer in the House?

You remember in the movie, My Fair Lady, when Professor Henry Higgins sings the lyrics, “I’m an ordinary man… But let a woman in the house…”?

I am an ordinary woman and all I want right now is an ordinary computer.  That works.  That does what it is supposed to do.  When I want it to.  Is that too much to ask?

For a while now, I have been considering buying a tablet.  Which one should I get?  Which Mega Super Buy Computers, Phones, PDAs, Netbooks, Notebooks, eReaders Store has the best price?

What will I use it for?  Email?  Taking photos?  Playing games?  Writing?  Computing?  Searching the Internet?  Buying and reading books?

I recently got together with my three sisters and a couple of their husbands and almost all of them had a tablet.  iPad or Android?  After a few hours of playing games, looking at photos, watching them download movies and TV shows, I decided on an iPad.  I already have an iPhone so it should be easy to sync everything and get started.  Right?  Yeah, right!

A couple of days later, I saw a great price for an iPad 2, and bought one.  Oh the frustrations!  The hassles, the troubles, the heart palpitations, the rising blood pressure.  After two or three hours of trying to sync the flippin’ thing, we (my husband the engineer and I) had to go for a walk on the trail to calm ourselves down.

It has been a week since I bought it and so far, I have my music and photos all synced (4 or 5 hours) and I can now receive email but can’t send email (2 or 3 hours).  When I try to find free movies and TV shows, all I can find are ones to buy or rent.  My sisters say to just find it but I flippin’ well can’t!  I can’t even reply to my email on the %^&^* device!

Let a computer in the house…  What is wrong with the world of electronics and technology when the companies that make the machines have different operating systems and different cables, plugs, charging devices, carrying cases, protective cases, apps, and for all I know personal philosophies and political beliefs?

I can’t send email.

Apparently my password, which works on all my other computers, netbook,eReaders, iPhone and even the iPad to receive email is wrong when it comes to sending email.

Is there a computer anywhere that works?  When you want it to? To do what you want it to?  The first time?  Every time?  I thought not.

Today when I turned on my Netbook to write this post, I got an error message.  Windows failed to start.  Apparently new software or hardware has been added to your device and that may be the problem.  No it is NOT the problem!  No software was added.  No hardware was added. The problem is with YOU, mega-international-wealthy beyond belief-corporation.

I’m thinking of taking some hardware, like a hammer or chisel, and teaching you a lesson you’ll never forget but it wouldn’t get through to you, because I can’t send email!!!