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In Between Stages

Last post Sun, Jul 18 2010 8:47 PM by sissy. 20 replies.
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  • Tue, Jul 13 2010 8:25 AM

    • Toni B.
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    In Between Stages


    The other night I spent some time talking with two people about how things have changed in the "work world". We were specifically addressing library careers. One woman mentioned that what she learned getting her Masters in Library Science (MLS) is nothing like the kind of work she does now. She in constant training to upgrade her skills and she feels the stress of trying to keep up with all the new technology. The other woman said that once she retires, she won't miss all the computers and technology.


    It reminded me of stories I heard about older people who were leery of new devices like TV's and appliances when they first came out. Some folks refused to use any new object and stuck to the old ways. Even music preferences seem to stay with whatever the people grew up with.


    So how about you? Do you feel like you are keeping up with the latest technology?


    Have you fully embraced technology? Or are there some aspects you are staying away from ?


    Do you feel we are losing certain skills and knowledge when we embrace this latest technology ?


    Do you feel pressure or struggle just to stay current?


    I have to admit - since I unofficially retired 3 years ago, I feel stuck in between two worlds and actually long for simpler times. and I haven't embraced all the latest stuff and really have no interest in it. At the tender age of 54 - am I now a dinosaur?

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  • Tue, Jul 13 2010 10:47 AM In reply to

    • Pat
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    Re: In Between Stages

    Toni B.:
    At the tender age of 54 - am I now a dinosaur?
    Well, if you're a dinosaur, I'm the primordial ooze... LOL

    I have no problem with computers. I own and use a cellphone, but it's pretty basic. I don't really struggle to keep up with things, because I'm not interested and they don't affect my lifestyle. My kids think I'm behind the times (and rightly so), but oh, well. When it comes to Ipods and netbooks (?) or whatever, I'm just not with it. I even avoid ATM's and my daughter has to swipe my card in the rare event that I use it to buy gas, like over the weekend when we took a drive on a whim and I didn't have enough cash to fill the tank.

    I can, however, cook on a wood cookstove and I can (or could, anyway) milk a cow. I can make a real rag rug and I can forage for food. I love my solar oven and my solar clothes dryer. Simple life calls to me in such a way that the way I live now at times irritates me.

    To sum it up, technology has passed me by except for the internet, and I yearn for a simpler life. I'm sure others see it differently, just like I used to see my parents and grandparents as old fashioned and not up on what's going on in the world. Now I see that perhaps they, as I have, made a conscious choice to not clutter my mind and life with things that I didn't need before and find no need for now.

    Yeah... I'm old. Smile

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  • Tue, Jul 13 2010 11:14 AM In reply to

    • Toni B.
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    Re: In Between Stages

    Pat:
    To sum it up, technology has passed me by except for the internet, and I yearn for a simpler life. I'm sure others see it differently, just like I used to see my parents and grandparents as old fashioned and not up on what's going on in the world. Now I see that perhaps they, as I have, made a conscious choice to not clutter my mind and life with things that I didn't need before and find no need for now.
    This paragraph sums it up for me too. At least I'm in good company. : )
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  • Tue, Jul 13 2010 12:18 PM In reply to

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    I guess I fall in the same place as you, Pat and Toni B. I don't like all the "bells and whistles" , on everything I buy. When I needed a new cell phone, I told one of my sons to help me find a "plain one", I didn't want it too complicated. We finally found one I agreed with, but it is black and so small that I keep losing it. 

    I don't care anything about having an iphone , or ipod , or things like that. I manage the internet ok, look up things, and stuff like that. I have never used a desktop much, I prefer a small laptop.

    Whenever I have to get a new appliance I always pick out one with the least junk on it, lol !

    Donna

     

  • Wed, Jul 14 2010 5:08 AM In reply to

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    Me @ 35 likes to keep things simple - DF is the 'techy' person. I dont have a cell phone, will get one eventually, but it will be very basic, phone and text use. I cant get too wrapped up in a lot of things due to my fibro and my arms flaring up (even playing on his cell I can't do much - repetition). My parent gifted both dear sis and me (and our SO's) to a new flat screen tv.  I have yet to hook mine up since I rather wait until I move. Then DF can have fun hooking up all the gadgets (vcr, dvd, stereo, and PS2). I'm sticking to my laptop and simple cooking things even. Simple gas oven in apt., toaster oven and microwave. No dishwasher - that's me. :)  I do have an mp4 and mp3 players but I don't use them much. Exercise and relaxing are what those are used for. 

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  • Wed, Jul 14 2010 12:32 PM In reply to

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    I know enough about a computer to do my job and to play on the internet when I'm at home. Otherwise, I could care less. DH is an IT Specialist so he always wants the latest & greatest in technology.  We have iPhones, but I'd be happy with a Jitterbug!  All I want to do is make a phone call, just like a landline at home.  I don't need texting (though it is nice) and I don't need to make and send pics on my phone.  We have all sorts of gadgets attached to the HD flatscreen tv in our basement.  I finally had to memorize some things on the satelite remote if I wanted to watch tv while DH was away from home.

  • Wed, Jul 14 2010 3:33 PM In reply to

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    My daughter and son-in-law bought me a new tv for Christmas.  The remote has so many buttons!  After 20 minutes of coaching on how to use it, I asked for three functions...off/on, channel changing, and volumn.  My son-in-law was appalled.  He was so excited about all the features and I just wanted basics. 

  • Wed, Jul 14 2010 4:05 PM In reply to

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     This reminds me of last summer my nephew and I were going to look at a house he has a gps on the way back he told me I needed one I asked him why as I usually just to to my town a maybe 4 others in differend directions  and I know how to get to all of them without the gps yes if you are going on a long trip the gps would be nice but he has a carpet cleaning service and I can see where it would help him he was just thinking of me I know as he thinks I should have all of the high tech gadgets he has.Big Smile

  • Wed, Jul 14 2010 4:34 PM In reply to

    • Toni B.
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    Re: In Between Stages


    Linda - Last year DH was doing driveway estimates for a company and used a GPS all the time but occasionally it sent him in the wrong direction. We've also had delivery people get lost coming to our home because of a GPS and we aren't hard to find. In spite of how great GPS's are, If I'm going someplace new, I still plot my routes using Google Maps.

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  • Wed, Jul 14 2010 4:39 PM In reply to

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    I forgot about the GPS... I have a Tom-Tom that my parents gave me for Christmas - will be well used when living in a bigger city. I want to focus on driving and with voices telling me where to go, I'm more confident. (I also get lost easy -shh! sis!). 

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    Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. - Anne Frank
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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    Became an Auntie 12-10-10 :)
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