When Netflix and Prime on our TV went kaput, we felt as if bereft of good friends who helped us cope when the news got weird. Netflix and Prime have been good friends these past twenty-one months; they have distracted and calmed us, often providing ample walks down -memory- lane-entertainment.
On Saturday last, the friendship appeared over. For forty-eight hours we tried to revive the friendship, to no avail.
Nothing to do but call the service provider.
You know what that means: a conversation with a computer UNTIL finally my pleas, shrieks and curses connect me to an OPERATOR; this time a young man in Jaipur India. (Would that I could remember this isn’t a time to loose it with someone whose accent means English is a second language!)
Do you know technology is such that I could talk to him on my cell phone and Doug was able to show him in real time what the offensive message of why our friendship ended.
Apparently when service provider updated our television, (a.k.a., ANDROID) our router did not.
I have NO idea what I just repeated means!
Another unfortunate confirmation that ours is a time where words whose meaning I thought I knew, have changed. (TRIGGERED is a New Adjective)
Or, is it evidence of the strides toward connecting the world with a click?
I don’t know.
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain. ~J.K. Rowling, “Dobby’s Reward,” Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 1999 [Arthur Weasley —tg]
What About You?
How well are you coping with all the electronic devices in your home?
I am increasingly flummoxed by how dependent I am on “things” I don’t understand — but, upon which I have become dependent.
I like my new telephone, my computer works just fine, my calculator is perfect, but Lord, I miss my mind! ~Author unknown
It’s not a new problem:
But lo! men have become the tools of their tools. ~Henry David Thoreau
Equally unsettling is the intrusion of strangers into my life.
In 1950’s, when we had a problem, the fellow who sold us our Philco TV/Phonograph came out to the house the same day and swapped out bulbs.
Today we gave a complete stranger access to BOTH our phones AND television! (AI, Self-Control and Prayer )
Our granddaughter declared we’d been scammed.
And we may well have been — except Netflix is now operational as is Prime. So, we managed to binge watch a few of our favorites. Or, the seasoned citizen’s method of self-medicating.
I wonder: so many invite strangers to come into their homes via their devices, why is it so many of my generation resist turning their lives over to the care of God?
Probably because we suspect He may diagnose our hearts faster than tech support from Jaipur India discovered our problem!
There are natures so dogmatically stubborn that, if worlds were smashing together, and could be saved by their yielding a point, they would let them smash. ~James Lendall Basford
Coming up on Christmas 2021
Don’t listen for the sound of reindeer on the roof, dear reader — check and see if you hear a knock on the door of your heart!