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    Should I Really Join Facebook? (Priceless)

    A good laugh for people in the over 50 group !!!


    When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

    That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting World.

    My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

    The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

    I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-u-lating." You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship..
    When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

    To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

    The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.

    Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or Plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual." Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, No, but I do toot a lot."

    P.S. I know some of you are not over 50. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are.

    Us senior citizens don't need anymore gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.
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    LOVE it!!!! I'm having a similar problem with my serger... got it out for the first time in years and am procrastinating turning it on due to the 'technology' over a plain sewing machine LOL
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    he, he. my GPS tends to "recalculate" a lot too!!!

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    Too funny!!! I did get lost once and my GPS was of NO help. It's what got me lost, in the first place! Glitch? Yeah, right! That thing has an evil streak!!!!
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    I'm still not on facebook... BUT, I LOVE my GPS

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    I got lost twice. Completely forgot I had OnStar!! Both times.
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    That's very funny! I enjoyed it! But, I am definitely a "senior" and I enjoy Facebook for what it is. And my GPS and my iPhone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kountrykreation View Post
    I'm still not on facebook... BUT, I LOVE my GPS
    I signed up for Facebook, looked around for about a minute & that was plenty for me... LOL! I'm just a throw back from the Stone Age... LOL!
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    I just had to get a new cell phone. The charging contact wasn't contacting very well on the old phone. Old phone was a flip phone. So I go online to find one of the free phones which isn't really free because of a $30 fee. Anyway, the only one that I didn't have to pay for has a touch screen. I HATE the thing. It takes forever to get the the keypad to make the phone call. Ending the call is very frustrating because the touch screen doesn't always recognize when I touch the end sign. I am touching it with enough force that it should end the call. So I have to watch the little bitty timer to see if it has stopped. Sometimes this requires the glasses. By the time I have finished phone call, I have lost my religion.

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    Thanks for the chuckles all. I still have a flip phone. It is so old they told me they could not do any more to make teh charge work better. I refused their new phone at a very high price. Besides, I live in the country and there are few places it works anyway. Like they said, I toot better-n I twitter.

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    I keep a cell phone for emergencies. Occas call someone. Thats it!! Dont need a gadget attached to me!!!! Aaarghx!!!

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    FB doesn't turn me on, but I had to sign up because that's where the kids share their pictures.

    I, too, love the GPS. One time I got into a big traffic jam in downtown Houston. I took the first exit I came to, knowing that the freeway I needed was going to be elevated for some time in that area and that I would normally have no way of knowing where the next entrance ramp might be. My "rude" friend recalculated and took me right to it, no sweat. Without it I would not have dared leave the familiar route, and it might have cost me as much as an hour or two of creeping in traffic. On a trip farther from home it found a route in East Texas that looked on the map like a 2-lane road of unknown condition, but I thought "what the heck" and tried it. It turned out to be in great shape with little traffic and a passing lane every few miles. It saved considerable distance and time over my usual route. Now I can't remember where it was, and it's driving me nuts. I would never have bothered to get myself a GPS, but the kids passed theirs on to me when they bought a car with it built in. It's especially great for telling us where the nearest gas station, restaurant, museum, etc. is located and exactly how far away in distance and minutes.

    My digital oven, on the other hand, thinks it's smarter than I am, and maybe it is. If you put anything in the broiler that smokes, such as bacon wrapped anything, it sounds an alarm and turns itself off. If we want to broil almost anything you could name, it's just better to use the outdoor grill instead.

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    I love my GPS - I have to use it for work. BUT it doesn't like US highway addresses - probably a user problem
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    So funny!!! thanks for making me laugh this morning!

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    I'm on Facebook, but only access it once or twice a week. Seriously, do I NEED to know that you are going to bed now or out for coffee? I use it to keep in touch with some of my quilting companions, my family and long-time friends from when I was a Boy Scout leader.

    "Smarty" phones...you can have them. Too much technology. I still use a Samsung flip phone and haven't even figured out everything it can do. Make a call, needed. Take photo of the neat quilts, needed. Other stuff on it??? If I don't know what it is, I don't need it. I usually refer to the phone as my "electronic leash". (Just think, kids today don't know what a pay telephone is! Some have never seen a land line phone!)

    GPS, had one, loved it, then DH gave it to DD to use one day and of course, I have never seen it again. I had mine set to "sexy" male voice. Nice to have someone to "talk" to when I was in the car alone, even though there were times I swear he was ready to say, " Okay, dummy, now you have to make a u-turn. What's wrong with you? Don't you listen? Can't you follow simple directions? Seesh!"

    Thanks for a good laugh...I am a baby boomer and at 56 1/2 I am a senior sometimes, other times not (depends on what store I'm in and what their senior discount age is!). I'm also a technophobe...afraid of and hate technology to the point that I have a brand new Janome "Heart" machine, still in it's box, never seen the light of day. I'm afraid to use it cause it has a computer screen in it!!! Is there any hope for me??? :-)
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    Thank you for the essay, you have represented my views perfectly. I also have a GPS (mine's a Tom-Tom) and it is in the kitchen "junk drawer" (wasted $$). Tom drove me crazy, it took longer to set it up than to take a trip.

    I also have trouble with the cell phone. It was very thoughtfully given to me by my daughter. Like your children, she also felt I needed it when traveling even if only to the store or town library. For financial reasons this has become my only phone. It will only ring 4 times before the voice mail takes over. I DO NOT live with the phone attached to my person! Either it is in another room or the bottom of my purse. I couldn't change the ring time because I didn't have the customer code. So I rarely answer the phone when it rings either I don't hear it or can't find it. I'm getting use to that and find I like not being bothered with the phone.

    I am NOT on face book and don't "tweet". I have no intention of doing either.
    And I will join you in being "bi-sacksual".
    again, thanks for your post......

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    GPS can be fun......friend has one and we arrived at our destination early (translation: quilt store was not open yet) so she said"watch this" and drove on past the programed destination.........recalculate was the least of what the thing said! Then we stopped, open and closed the doors, waited a minute, drove in circles around an empty grocery store parking lot.......then got a bit worried when the GPS questioned if the car was stolen.....she put in her code and we drove back to the destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    he, he. my GPS tends to "recalculate" a lot too!!!
    That's ok, I'm one of those people who doesn't get lost (no GPS - but still I don't get lost). I pulled into the gas station yesterday - this man keeps asking everyone (ALL men by the way), how to get to Tillamook (Oregon). He was using a state highway number (most people in this area use names - not numbers for the roads and highways). So ALL of the men are going ????? or looking like dear in headlights - so being the gal I am, said go back out to US 26 heading west to coast, follow about 15 miles to a junction stay left to Tillamook. Man with questions said NO he didn't want to go to the coast. I said again go to the junction stay left to Tillamook NOT straight to the coast. His wife was sitting in the car smiling! Then she said in a loud voice, I told you the GPS said left NOT straight! It was soooooooo funny. He looked around and all the other men said I was right, one had even pulled out a paper map. The man looked at his feet and said Thank You, his wife gave me a thumbs up! GPS has it's place, but so far not my car - I still use the old ways - ieown to the 7-11 turn right go past the LQS to DQ or go past DQ to the LQS.

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    I LOVE Facebook and have caught up with lots of old HS classmates that way....and keep up with work friends that way, too, saying stuff we'd never say in our (middle school) building. My phone is an old flip that I use just for emergencies in the car.....I don't even know the number since I only call out on it. I refuse to bother with an iPad, iPhone, Twitter or all the other stuff. PS. I don't turn 50 for another 6-7 weeks.
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    I have a flip phone for when my dh is out and wants to call me or if there is an emergency. I belong to Facebook and have even gone there a couple of times in the last year. I have Twitter too but have never gone near it. Love the GPS because I'm a yardsale person and it's really helpful, dh got tired of me getting him lost all the time so now if he ends up lost it's not my fault, God bless GPS.

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    I thought I wanted a GPS -take me out of my shoe box and I'm lost-but after my son and his family drove from the coast of N.C. to Lebanon Mo. and never seen the freeway the whole trip.They never realized how many dirt roads and small towns there are in between.The kids enjoyed the ride but the ''adults'' kept asking ARE WE THERE YET.---I think I'll stick to maps and asking people for directions.

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    Thanks for the good laugh. Us senior citizens can relate to it. I have a cell phone that is 15 yes old. I never turn the darn thing on. Only carry it in case I have car trouble. When I show it to people they laugh and I don't even care.

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    This applies to some of the younger generation too. lol. I get lost with my GPS and the beeps on my phone is annoying too!
    Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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    Hahaha! "bi-sacksual". If I had enough nerve I would toss that one back at them too! LOL! Thanks for the chuckle ~ Pat

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    We've moved around a lot, first with the service, then w/the computer co. my DH worked for. Being a hick from the sticks I quickly learned about city traffic and how to find my way around. You GET a MAP, put it in the back seat and when you're lost, look that place up on the map and calculate your way home. Doesn't take long to figure out lots of routes you wouldn't find on any GPS, plus you get to know your community. I have driven across the US w/o a map -- but got one to find my way home -- really. Not one of my better moves. Do you suppose we could design a quilt about this?

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