15 Aug 2013


Jenny Matlock
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When I had lunch with one of my friends we just had taken the card to look at the menu, when her mobile rang. She fumbled in her handbag and got more and more angry because her bag was so big ! She carries everything in there from tissues to mobile, which now had stopped ringing.

She pushed a deep sigh and told me that she had never wanted a mobile because at least when she is out of the house she doesn't want to be persecuted by her family.

She is the director, manager, administrator, nurse and cleaning woman of a big family. Now her daughter had offered her a new mobile and this gift poisoned her life. The one she had before was a mobile to call and receive phone calls and send sms, and that was it. It was a mobile phone you could carry around everywhere even to the restroom.

The one she has got now does almost everything and has even a telephone function. But it is hard to find the right button. At least that what she told me.

She pushed again a loud sigh pulled out of her warehouse bag a manual and her glasses put them on her nose and started to read what her mobile could do.

Sharing photos, video clips and captured memories with family and friends on a large compatible TV screen. For that she said, we have a digital camera and a DVD recorder. Which unfortunately she doesn't know how to use, because husband and children take care of that.

Internet access for browsing, uploading content, and sending and receiving emails. What should I do with that ? she asked me, I never even touched a computer, only for dusting !

Browse the Web, watch TV, listen to stereo FM radio  and in addition, she could store up to 1500 songs !
I whistled (inside only) impressed. I imagined watching a football (soccer) game on my mobile and would probably see a bunch of flees running behind a point.

She gave me a desperate look, and asked me :

What means browse the web, an email and what for a content could she upload and where ? Not to speak of 1500 songs she would never have time to listen to all and why 1500 ? She wouldn't even listen to one !
I thought of my other friends when I had tried to explain something so simple as my blog and they still don't understand ! It would probably take a year or even more or maybe for ever to explain  to her how this mobile works and I suggested to ask her daughter who had offered her this generous gift.

The only thing,  she complained, I would like to do with my mobile is to call my friends and open my garage door so I don't need to get out of the car ! That would be so nice especially when it rains. But this thing cannot even do that !

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Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, I don't want one of those, either. Mind will send and receive phone calls, which is all I ask of it. Dick sent me a "text message" when he was in the hospital after his surgery. I figured out how to answer the text message, and said I'd get the things he wanted if he promised never to send me another text.
Bah humbug!

jabblog said...

Too clever by half! I've posted about mobile phones, too . . .

Mara said...

I got myself the simplest telephone when I got one: it's a telephone and I can send texts. No photos, no music (although it does have a very handy flashlight). Perfect!!!

eastcoastlife said...

I am carrying a bag similar to your friend's - a warehouse bag where I can't seem to find anything when I am looking for it.. hahaha....

Your friend has a smart phone, it can do wonders :P

Granny-Guru said...

Phone and garage door opener. Doesn't seem too much to ask. I also have what a friend recently called my "heavy, magic purse." It has lots of interior pockets.

Fun60 said...

I have not gone down the road of the smart phone. Mine does all I need it to do and no more.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your poor friend...I laughed but I feel sorry for her. I thought I was fairly tech-savvy for an old lady until Bill upgraded our phones (we each have a cell phone and no land line at all) ... mine is definitely smarter than I am.

Andrew said...

The simple way to explain what your blog is, is that it's your online public diary. So it is like a personal diary, except you don't write what you don't want the world to read.

Linens and Royals said...

A phone to open the garage door? I'm surprised it hasn't been invented yet. My bag is smaller than a warehouse but I still can never find my phone when it rings. And if my bag is small why is it so heavy?

Splendid Little Stars said...

Why not be able to open a garage door with a phone?!
I have a smart phone now, but I don't use it for much besides a phone (imagine that!) or occasional texting. I do think there are times when in public, people should turn their "phones" off.
I thought I should chime in here with this fact: I carry a very small purse. Finding stuff in it is never a problem.

Jenny said...

There are so many different functions on phones now...

When I got mine it took more than a little while to figure out how to make a simple phone call...

Marvelous post for the letter "M"!

Thanks for linking.