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Lynna Clark: Inept with new technologies

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 18, 2023

By Lynna Clark

I’m sort of clumsy when it comes to social graces. Like Don Rickles on the Andy Griffith Show, I’m rather inept. To me, people today are scary … downright intimidating. Even so, for 20 years I worked at the front workplace of a tiny college. All day lengthy I dealt with people today. I was a small bit great at that. I assume for the reason that I could assistance them promptly and they’d be on their way devoid of as well quite a few words. If I had to make a telephone get in touch with, I discovered to practice what I would say beforehand. Even now, I do the identical. Like final week I required to verify on strawberry plants at the regional 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. Possibly that is why I create.


It turns out I’m not genuine savvy with the technologies speak either. Somebody was attempting to get in touch with 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 due to the fact 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 assistance 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 ideal, but she informed me in her really-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 get in touch with. But alas. They had been gone. So I continued the tour of my daughter’s backyard garden on Marco. At least I’m savvy adequate to send her a properly-deserved thumbs up, heart and satisfied face. I’m positive she was impressed. Plus! No words had been harmed in the method.

Sadly, the get in touch with I missed was some thing from a desperate prince who requirements dollars. I’ll have to catch up with him later. Possibly I’ll just text him so I can program my words. I positive do not want to insult the royalty which is certainly him by misspeaking. But 1st, I may possibly ought to take a nap. I have a get in touch with scheduled previous my bedtime to remind me NOT to take out the trash.

Lord assistance 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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