So many of my contemporaries eschew modern technology, and it maddens me. I can no longer sit and write letters or sign cards, so I rely on typing a lot. I find fonts that resemble handwriting, and I use stationary that looks right for letter writing. Sometimes, I cut out my typing and paste it onto a ready-made card, in an effort to appear ‘normal.’ I do, however, prefer to communicate via email or Facebook nowadays, and instead of carrying on phone conversations, I text. Two of my cousins refuse to join FB, and they just do minimal email, and I’m trying to change that. If it weren’t for this lousy, non-working hand, though, I’d still be a strong proponent of good, old-fashioned communications. So, now that I use technology so much, have I become a tech guru?
I laugh at that because I’m a total loser when it comes to knowing the digital world. As computer use came into vogue, I tried to keep myself knowledgeable of the various facets of this new world. I bought a computer for us, and the kids already knew enough to dive right in. When we began using them regularly in school, I helped other teachers to learn the ropes. I was the “go-to gal” for all things computery. (Of course, it’s not a word – I just like coining new ones!) I was the first teacher to do all my plans and reports digitally, and I began doing my grades that way, too. Once the internet came into play, I was hooked. As principal, I insisted on things being done on the computer.
The problem arose when things began to move ahead too quickly. I couldn’t keep up, and I lost my techie badge. At that point, I had to rely on the youth to get me out of jams. I still think I was ahead of the curve, though, with others my age. They moaned and groaned about wanting things to go back to the olden days, but I wanted to forge ahead. So what if I had to rely on kids to help me; I still enjoyed my computer knowledge.
Now, it’s pretty much leaving me in the dust. Sometimes I can figure things out, but at other times, I’m hopelessly inept. With my big computer here (not size wise, just capability wise,) I try to work things out, but I usually just ask my son. Last week, the little guys did something to my printer, and I couldn’t get anything to print. Now, I rely heavily on my computer-generated lists, and without them, I’m all mixed up. I tried to analyze the problem, but I wasn’t getting anywhere. I could make copies, scan, and fax, but I couldn’t print anything. I turned the printer off and on several times, I went to the problem-solving site, and I rechecked the ink cartridges, and I still got nothing. Then, by accident, I had to restart my computer after loading a program, and lo and behold, the printer worked. I was relieved but kicking myself. I should have turned the computer off and on, not the printer.
Now, my stumbling block is the cell phone. If it freezes, I’m asking my son how to fix it. If I lose something, my daughter has to help me to retrieve it. If any of the settings are changed, I’m lost. So as much as I used to pat myself on the back for being so tech savvy, now I just wallow in shame in the corner with my cell beeping and blinking.
Update: My husband really is walking much better, and I think I turned the corner with this ‘thing’ I had. Yay!!