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Lynna Clark: Inept with new technologies

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 18, 2023

By Lynna Clark

I’m type of clumsy when it comes to social graces. Like Don Rickles on the Andy Griffith Show, I’m rather inept. To me, persons are scary … downright intimidating. On the other hand, for 20 years I worked at the front workplace of a smaller college. All day extended I dealt with persons. I was a small bit excellent at that. I assume due to the fact I could enable them swiftly and they’d be on their way devoid of also lots of words. If I had to make a telephone contact, I discovered to practice what I would say beforehand. Even now, I do the exact same. Like final week I necessary to verify on strawberry plants at the nearby nursery. In my head, I had the queries prepared but when a gruff old dude answered, my words came out “blah blah blahder berrydo have you some?” Also “what is the time of which you shall be closed?” I sounded like Yoda but not as intelligent. Perhaps that is why I create.


It turns out I’m not true savvy with the technologies speak either. A person was attempting to contact though I was listening to a Marco message from Permaculture Daughter. I believed I could just hit the orange button that popped up to see who was calling. But somehow I got Google assistant who mentioned, “Attempt saying, ‘Remind me to take out the garbage.’ ” So I hit that button attempting to get rid of her given that my cell was nonetheless ringing and Marco was nonetheless playing. Of course Google Lady mentioned, “OK! I will remind you at 9 o’clock tonight to take out your garbage.” She seemed so pleased to enable that I hated to disappoint her. With out practicing, gently I mentioned, “No Google Lady. Do NOT remind me about the garbage to be out at 9 o’clock.”

Bless her heart. I assume she was attempting her very best, but she informed me in her pretty-pleased-to-be-of-service voice. “OK! I will remind you NOT to take out the garbage at 9 o’clock.” So I gave up on her and hurried to answer my incoming contact. But alas. They have been gone. So I continued the tour of my daughter’s backyard garden on Marco. At least I’m savvy sufficient to send her a properly-deserved thumbs up, heart and pleased face. I’m certain she was impressed. Plus! No words have been harmed in the approach.

Sadly, the contact I missed was one thing from a desperate prince who wants cash. I’ll have to catch up with him later. Perhaps I’ll just text him so I can program my words. I certain do not want to insult the royalty which is certainly him by misspeaking. But 1st, I could possibly ought to take a nap. I have a contact scheduled previous my bedtime to remind me NOT to take out the trash.

Lord enable me!

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O Lord my Strength and my Redeemer.”

— Psalm 19:14

Lynna Clark lives in Salisbury. Study extra at


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