Changing With The Times

October 12, 2009 at 9:15 am 23 comments

Do you realize that we are almost a full decade into this millenium? It’s 2009 and times are a-changin’! I’m sitting here with a computer on my lap, typing a bunch of mumbo jumbo that I’ll eventually shoot off into cyber space for you to read. And who are you? Some of you I know, some of you I don’t. You’ll fire up your laptop and open your Google Reader and Roots & Rings will be bold. You’ll click on it and read something written by some girl in Texas. Very, very weird.

They say that every time you buy some new fancy piece of technology, within months (or even weeks) it’s already out of date. You spend $200 on the latest cell phone and a month later a new version comes out. One that can do something especially fancy, like turn on your oven when you’re at work. I just realized that my laptop has one of those webcam things attached to it and lookie here, I can take a picture of myself while I’m writing. This is what I look like when I’m blogging… only I don’t smile the whole time. And sometimes I blink.

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This is when people often pull out the term “old soul” and throw it in my face. It’s probably true. Besides my email addiction and this little site here, I’m pretty out of touch with technology. Before I got this new fancy cell phone a few months ago, I always had the freebies. I couldn’t understand why anyone would need anything more. Now I check my email at stop lights.

But as I take a look around, I see how technology seems to intertwine itself into my life. Instead of consulting cookbooks, I pull up Recipezaar or Pioneer Woman on my laptop in the kitchen. I listen to music online at work because I can’t stand to listen to flushing toilets or burping men any longer. I snuggle in my bed with my laptop and catch up on television shows I’ve missed.

I think there are some things out there that I just can’t quite get the hang of. Ginormous flat screen televisions. I’m not on that boat yet. I have yet to be able to justify spending that type of money on a product I already own. I have a television. I actually have 3. They all work and have remote controls. Why in the world do I need to spend a few weeks’ pay on a new one?? I’m just not there yet.

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post that began with words like WordPress, Google, Stats, Bing, and click. It confused my mom. I guess she doesn’t understand the irony behind the sentence “I googled something on Bing today.” She’s not there yet.

Technology has always been changing, things have always been improving. I’m sure there was a caveman who looked at fire and thought “I’m just not there yet.” Or when the first car was invented, someone probably thought, “You know, I think my way is working just fine. I don’t understand this car thing. I’m really not there yet.” And so on.

This Saturday I was having a discussion with a few people about dishwashers. Someone said that they felt bad for people who didn’t have dishwashers. Having to wash everything by hand, how unfortunate! But then what’s even more shocking are the people who own dishwashers but never use them. “No thank you, I’d rather soak and clean these dishes by hand. Machines aren’t better than people.” I don’t get that.

Then someone chimed in with one of the best stories I’ve ever heard in my life. I will call this person Petunia. Her name is not Petunia, but I don’t know anyone by that name so it seems like a safe enough alias. Petunia is a sweet woman… Arguably the sweetest woman I’ve ever had the opportunity to know. She’s cute and thoughtful and did I mention that she was sweet? Because she is so sweet, I will not give her away. I will just tell you her story.

During this dishwasher talk she stated, “Well when I lived in my first apartment I had a dishwasher but I never used it. I washed everything by hand.”

We turned and looked at her. “But why, Petunia? Why would you do such a silly thing?”

She had her answer ready for us and in the most serious tone she answered with genuine honesty. “Well you see, I used the racks to file my bills.”

…I’m sorry, what? (It should be noted at this time that Petunia is one of those ‘accounting types.’)

“Well yeah. I had to. I didn’t have a file cabinet back then.”

I think that’s when I peed my pants.

Petunia needed file cabinets. But dishwashers, well, she just wasn’t there yet.

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  • 1. Amanda  |  October 12, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Now, that is a good idea!

  • 2. Lindsay  |  October 12, 2009 at 10:00 am

    HAHAHAHA! That was so funny..I almost peed my pants too. Ohhh Petunia..I KNOW YOU’RE REAL NAME..lol.

    You’re ahead of me on the phone thing. I can’t do all touch screen phones..they really frustrate me.

  • 3. This Heavenly Life  |  October 12, 2009 at 10:15 am

    So funny! I guess whatever something’s worth to you – it doesn’t matter how cool it is if you’ll never need it.

    By the time cell phones go out the window and we have little glass plates that sit over our eyes allowing us access to the internets whenever we want it – because it’ll be wired into our brain and all we have to do is think “check email” for it to appear on the glass – that’ll be when I think, “Maybe I should get an iphone. I might be ready.”

  • 4. Pippy  |  October 12, 2009 at 10:22 am

    lol, well I NEED a dishwasher. I can’t imagine having one & not using it.

  • 5. mom  |  October 12, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I was there and that WAS the funniest thing I have EVER heard. (And “Petunia” did say it with a straight face!) And I am with you on the new HD (or whatever they are called) T.V’s. Dad is too – OBVIOUSLY or we would have one…..

  • 6. mbowman7  |  October 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Hehehe…Yea I couldn’t do with out the dishwasher I think I would have found a box for the bills…LOL…

  • 7. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair  |  October 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Hahahaha, awww! That’s so cute!!

  • 8. smile steady  |  October 12, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Hubby and I are big fans of free phones, too, but as our contract comes closer to expiring, we’re thinking we might take the dive into the 21st century. There’s an iPhone somewhere with my name on it!

  • 9. Debbie  |  October 12, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    oh Lord…how does one even think of the possibility of using their DISHWASHER as a filing cabinent?! crazy. ps – love the name petunia! 😉

  • 10. Kathleen  |  October 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    How cute! I just had a conversation with a friend over the weekend about dishwashers. She has one, but doesn’t use it. Her reason is because she lives by herself and it would take her weeks to fill it up, would run out of dishes before then, and doesn’t want to waste the water and energy running it only partly full. Makes sense!

  • 11. Brandi  |  October 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I cannot imagine not needing a dishwasher! Our first apartment did not have a dishwasher and that sucked more than I ever thought it would!

    That is a cute story though.

    I too never thought I’d be one for the latest technology and used to get the free cell phone. I’ve had my BB for over a year now and love it more than any cell phone before. It keeps track of my calendar and tasks and I can BBM or email and not be chained to a computer.

    Yet I don’t have a laptop – just a PC. maybe that’s why I’m attached to my BB so much!

  • 12. Spotty Prep  |  October 12, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Confession- I don’t own an ipod and my stylin’ razr cell phone is about to be 4 years old. It was cool when I got it…

  • 13. Caroline  |  October 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I couldn’t live without the dishwasher. And if it isn’t dishwasher safe, it doesn’t belong in my house.

  • 14. Ashley  |  October 12, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    This would be quite the messy kitchen without the dishwasher…

    It is crazy about when I think about the beeper I used to have and the codes behind a number so you’d know who it was… oh the days!

  • 15. Southern Gal  |  October 12, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I will never be there when it comes to flat screen televisions. Most I’ve seen even distort the people so they look fat and dumpy. Forget TV putting 10 lbs on you…try 25 with a flat screen.

    And I had a dishwasher for years and never touched it. Now I use it everyday, sometimes twice a day!

    I will so be one of those grandmothers holding up baby things and taking pictures at the showers. I’ll post the pictures, too!

  • 16. Joy  |  October 12, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Great post!

    I’m most of the way there, but I’ve just learned to text, don’t know how to check email on my phone or watch TV on my computer

  • 17. Jill  |  October 12, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    That is hilarious she used her dishwasher for a filing cabinet!!!

  • 18. Brother  |  October 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I’m reading this post on my iPhone. If I didn’t have one I don’t k ow when I would have the time to read it. Computers are for spreadsheets and powerpoints.
    I still “wash” my dishes before putting them in the dish washer. Mom used to make me do that growing up because I think our old one used to do negative cleaning and make the dishes dirtier. Laura didn’t grow up like that so I had to perform surgery on the dishwasher to unclog the beans that stopped it up.
    Tome to go watch tv on my big screen HD while surfing the Internet on my laptop listening to music on my iPod and playing poker on my iPhone.

  • 19. Lisa D  |  October 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Oh your mom is adorable. 🙂

  • 20. Cio  |  October 12, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    ahahaha. that’s amazing.
    I live in a apt. by myself. I used my dishwasher once. When i moved in, to clean alllll of my dishes. haven’t used it since.
    Cause it’s just me. I would be about 4 weeks before i needed
    to run it. lol..
    also. i don’t buy cell phones, i wait for the free upgrades. I can’t bring myself to spend the money ha.

  • 21. Rachel  |  October 12, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I have always loved my Aunt Debbie’s house… one of the things that amazes me even more as an adult with lots of dirt dishes? TWO dishwashers and sinks- It made holiday dinners much easier to clean up. Oh how I would love two sinks and two dishwashers.

  • 22. breadwinner wife  |  October 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Very funny! I lived without a dishwasher for awhile and it’s no fun! Especially because dishes pile up so fast and my husband isn’t exactly volunteering to do it himself. Give me a dishwasher over a file cabinet any day! 😉

  • 23. Lyndsey  |  October 14, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I have a 42 inch flat screen. most days I wonder how I lived without it. You’ll get there friend.

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