21 Jan 2016


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 also a little portable shop. She carried 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, 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 that was it.

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's 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 a digital music player and can also easily rip CDs and transfer music collection to the phone. 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 is browse, internet, web, email and what for a content could she upload and where ? Not to speak about 1500 songs she would never have time to listen to all and why 1500 with 6 she would already have enough !

I thought of my other friends when I had tried to explain something so simple as my blog and that it would probably take a year or even more or maybe for ever to explain it to her and 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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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - I don't use mine as much as I should .. there's no need - but I'd be grateful for some children input - sadly have none .. so toddle on on my own - hate phones going off though. Cheers Hilary

Sandra said...

That bit about opening the garage door - yes I'm with her on that one. I also use very little of all the stuff there is on my phone. Thanks for the laugh.

Fun60 said...

I am still refusing to have a smart phone so that I am not plagued with emails etc as I am out and about.

Susan Anderson said...


Gotta love it. My husband isn't quite as unaware as she, but technology is not his thing, either.


Loree said...

Technology can be a bit too much sometimes.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This made me smile -- I know less about my cell phone than I do my laptop, or my digital camera, or my IPAD, or my two Kindles. I'd probably be fine with the kind of phone your vintage friend wants. I keep saying I'm going to learn to do more with the phone, but I keep running out of time because I'm busy using one of those other toys I mentioned.

Tell your vintage friend she doesn't always have to answer the phone -- (she can always tell her family that she forgot to charge it)!

Andrew said...

Quite funny. Your friend needs an old person's simple phone with big buttons.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Your poor friend! We have a disposable photo and neither the Husband and I are not interested in upgrading to a Smart phone. I don't want to be able to answer the phone anywhere I am.

Anonymous said...

Some days we certainly do have too much technology. Funny thing is that I'm trying to teach my 17-year-old students about blogging, and they are nearly as lost as your friend would be.

Anonymous said...

LOL That's a funny take on it. Everything does seem to go to the bottom of a big bag. I carry a small purse, and it's surprising how difficult it is to find anything in it! What's up with that? I imagine it's only a matter of time until the phone can be used to open the garage!

Betty said...

Since I have an old fashion house phone I am very careful about not giving out my cell phone number. I'd prefer to ignore the telemarketers with the house phone, but somehow they've gotten my cell phone number too! I found the neatest thing that clips onto my pocket or waistband and holds my cell phone. No more trying to get it out of my purse. This is what your friend needs: http://hipklips.com/home/

Jenny said...

I love this!

And I definitely feel a connection to ... ummm... parts of the diagram. ha!

Your lovely sense of humor always warms my heart.

Thank you!