Old People Need Technology, Too…To Poop On…

I have to start out by saying that my step-dad and mom are truly intelligent and business-savvy people. But they really baffle me sometimes with the stuff that they do. Case 1: My mother just informed that she got an MP3 player. She's had it for a whole month collecting dust. She wanted to wait until she visited my brother for him to download songs on it for her. All that she can tell me about her MP3 player is that it's the size of a cigarette lighter. Case 2: A few years ago, my step-dad bought a really nice digital camera. One of those ones that you would pay over $1000 for. He at least took pictures with it; however, when I came 6 months later was when I taught them both how to recharge the camera and take the pictures off of the camera and put them on their computer. Case 3: About two months before my step-dad and mom got married, he got a new computer...a really nice one, I might add. It stayed in the box for two months because he wanted to wait for my husband (and I) to come visit for the wedding (2 months later) to come and hook it up. Computer manufacturers were even so nice as to start color-coding all the connection points in the back for the mouse, keyboard, etc. back then. So there was no real excuse for that behavior. Case 4: Forty percent of the time that I visit my parents, they ask me to re-hook their stereo system up. For some ungodly reason, they find a need to unplug it and take it apart often, even though I tell them not to. What did old people do when they were little and received a new toy or board game? Did they ignore the directions that came with the box and stare at the game/toy until someone that was willing to read them the directions came along? All things come with instructions now. Must they be ignored all the time? This annoys me to no end. When I get a new gadget, I start opening it up in the car on the way home and spend, at least, the next 48 hours gushing over my new toy. I don't understand why it's so hard to read instructions. Most people operate their 5 remote controls that they have for their stereo system fine. On the other hand, they can't tell you the operation of more than five buttons per remote control. That's it. Talk amongst yourselves.

  1. Hey son, that new gadget you got me.. was it an.. em.. pee.. six player, or a lighter fluid case? Cause I thought it was a new high tech lighter fluid thing and opened it up, but I didn’t find any lighter fluid inside.. :T

    September 11th, 2006 at 10:34 am

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