Monday, August 08, 2005

Joining the 21st Century

As an artist, art instructor/case manager to developmentally disabled adults, doting mother/grandmother, slave to numerous pets, gardener, aspiring writer/illustrator, & wife (to my semi- neglected husband, who got listed last, again) - I thought my plate was plenty full & I had No Time for fooling around with all this new-fangled technology (I don't know what happens to your left-brain when you enter peri-menopause, but I seem to suddenly start channeling my grandmother's speech patterns at the oddest times now).
Then, one short year ago, my younger daughter dragged me (kicking & screaming) into the 21st Century, when she brought Hal 2001 here into our family room & insisted that I could learn to use the computer & surf the net, etc. This is what happens when you send your children to college; suddenly they become the experts.
As much as I hated to admit it, yes, I was curious what this magic box could reveal to me.....at the least I hoped it would be kinder to me than the magic window at the bank had been - it can be so unreliable! You type in the spell one day & it lavishes you with riches; and the very next day, you type in the same EXACT spell & Nothing! Not a cent! And sometimes it will do that for two whole weeks! This magic box has been more reliable...so far.
Although often it stubbornly refuses to listen to me, no matter HOW loud I yell at it! If anyone has any tips on taming this beast, please pass them on! (Yes, I have used a computer for some time at work - but working for a non-profit, on donated outdated equipment/programs, & of course our budget doesn't allow for such niceties yet as the Internet - though we have hope! There may be a website in our future yet...and my hope is I'll learn enough through this blogspot to be ready when it comes. Wish me luck!

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Terri