So I'm not very technically savvy. In fact, I would argue, I feel as though I'm a few years behind the curve when it comes to anything having to do with electronics.
Several years ago, for Christmas, my dad got me some gadgets for my computer. I kind of rolled my eyes a bit telling him that while I appreciated it, he really shouldn't do that because computers are different and he doesn't know what I have and what I need. Of course his quick reply was to remind me everything could be returned. Again, he was right.
Well one of the things he got me was a "chip" type of thingy for a digital camera....the only problem was I didn't own a digital camera...but as they say, it's the thought that counts.
Well, about a year after that, I was with a buddy who had his laptop with him. He was away from home, but had some files he wanted to do some work on, so he pulled out this little "chip" that had all the files he needed from his other computer in that little gizmo.
"Wait a second," I said, "what is that?"
"It's a flash drive," and he went on to explain what that was.
Of course everyone these days knows what a flash drive is, and if you don't, do a quick google search and you will.
Well guess who felt like a total dope? Yep, me!
What my dad had given me the year before was a flash drive so that when i transfered information from my desktop computer to use on my laptop, I wouldn't have to copy countless CDs. Obviously my dad is far more savvy than I am.
And I was reminded of this story because the other day while I was looking for an earpiece that would connect to my phone (which wasn't as easy as I thought it would be) I saw countless people walking around with those Bluetooth devices in their ear.
Of course I can't figure them out for the life of me and assumed it was simply an age thing. You know, the "kids" know all the cool gadgets, while people like me are stuck a decade behind.
Then, turning the corner of an aisle at Best Buy, comes a man who is 80 if a day, dressed in jeans, an old cowboy shirt and an old worn cowboy hat. He was helped along by his walker as he slowly strolled the store. And while at first I thought he was mumbling to himself, he wasn't.
He was on his Bluetooth! Snug and secure in his ear, he carried on his conversation like all the other young people around while I stood trying to tell the clerk helping me that surely they must still make an earpiece with a wire.
I learned, the other day, that my dad is a lot more connected to the world than I am, and that age isn't a restriction on what you can learn. you just need to be open to it.
I did get my earpiece with the wire. But I'm thinking of getting a Bluetooth and joining (albeit late) the 20th Century.