We're outnumbered with no hope, no way out.
More gadgets move into our home every day. Once my resistance to cellphones was sufficiently worn down, other gadgets came: computers...DVD players...video game consoles (several of them)...Game Boys and Sony PSPs...MP3 players...DVD recorders...satellite TV with a DVR...the wireless router...Collin's Entourage Edge...and the latest addition to the family, a Roku player.
Yup. We're outnumbered. I wonder when the takeover will begin? Or has it already begun?
We recently switched to a new bank for our safe deposit box. The new one is strictly high-tech. To get in, we have to put in our PIN number, then place our hand on the metal pad so we can be identified by our handprint. If we pass the ID test, we're then allowed into a room that looks like something out of Mission: Impossible. Surprisingly, a plain old key is then used to open the safe deposit box, which is about twice the size of our old one.
I would not want to get trapped in there by a computer malfunction.
The good news on the human vs. technology front is that Scudder and I have finally called a truce. (I name my gadgets; the Android is appropriately named for the middle-finger-flipping robots in Red Dwarf.) It hasn't been easy, but we've finally reached the point at which Scudder tolerates me.
"My phone hates me," I told Collin one night.
"It doesn't hate you," Collin said. It just doesn't respect me. It laughs at me, and not only behind my back.
I've had to summon up every ounce of bravado I can. Don't let it know I'm scared to death of it. It can sense fear. It knows I'm intimidated by it. Let it know who's boss....
Wait a minute. That won't work. It already knows who's boss. That's the problem.
Collin and I went into Best Buy's phone store at the mall recenty. When I mentioned having three phones, the surprised salesman asked why.
Well, let's see...the Dash no longer functions as a phone, but in a wi-fi hot spot, still does e-mail...the Intercept is great for an e-reader, audiobooks, and working on manuscripts, and gets radio stations from all over the world, but totally sucks as a phone...and the Loft, while limited in data abilities is a great little phone.
Doesn't everyone carry three phones?