Monday, January 16, 2012

Confessions of a Recluse

I was in a grocery store today waiting in line. The woman in front of me was paying for her groceries with one of these



I was a bit miffed I had to wait while she wrote out a check and entered the payee's name, check number and amount in her register. I always pay for things with one of these



But then I thought about all the things I do NOT do that most people DO do. For example, I do not do this



Another thing I do not do is this



I guess if I did I could enter up to 140 characters and enlighten the world with such things as "going downstairs to do laundry" or "thought Ricky G was funny on the People's Choice Awards."

But to Tweet or squeak or squawk or whatever it is called, I would need a phone that looks more like this



My phone looks more like this



Please don't get me wrong. I think technology is great. And I do plan to join the rest of the world one of these days. Or months. Or years.

Until then I will be doing this



rather than reading one of my favorite books like this



Technology is nice. But there are some things that are not so modern that I still like, too. For example, I still like to listen to these



on one of these (and I have one of these in my bedroom that I use a lot)



As with everything in life, you need to find a balance. The new, high tech gadgets are great. I love high definition TV and cell phones and .... but a beautifully leather bound book or the sounds of music coming from a record player are pretty nice, too.

Take care and thanks for stopping by.

10 comments:

A Brit in Tennessee said...

We are akin you and I, I tend to stick with 'stuff' that still works, and not jump to the latest gadget each time a new one is announced.
There is a special feeling to thumbing the pages of an old book, the smell of the ink and paper, what takes THAT place when you read with a Kindle ?
Great post :)
~Jo

A Lady's Life said...

Oh so do I. I don't think I like to read books on line. I love the feel of paper I like to underline things for later to digest
and then books last longer and get personalized With technology its not for ever.When a person dies and the books are sold, they have a history they leave behind. DNA, A name a thought a feeling. You can't do this with electronic stuff.

Cloudia said...

Brother! We even have the same phone!


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Small City Scenes said...

I do like to read a real book--turning pages and all. I like to read a real paper news paper---hence the name 'paper'. I do not have too many of the newest things--in fact I only have a cell phone and computer---but at my speed. I am fascinated by all but I don't want to tweet or squeak or even show my face. LOL
good post, Russell. MB

PS. I post two barns on my smallcityscenes blog.

Sorry to hear about Bailey--it is a sad thing to do and my heart hurts for you. MB

Leslie: said...

I'm with you here, Russell.

Country Girl said...

Russell - first of all, great post title for this one. I agree with so much of this. I don't have FB (but my dog does, so go figure). I refuse to tweet. Really, what is the purpose? And I think it's wonderful that you still use that old record player. Very cool.

Hilary said...

Ah vinyl still sounds good to me. I am one of the holdouts who still uses a VCR. I have my first cell phone ever for one month now and I've got to say that I like it.

L. D. Burgus said...

I have a turntable that I need to put to use. I need to rearrange the area it is setting so I can more easily access it. I have the collection of three different person's records.

Jo said...

This post made me laugh out loud. I am exactly the same. I don't even own a cell phone. I feel a bit like Johnny Appleseed ~~ if I don't get on the wagon train pretty soon, I will be left behind.

And then again, I enjoy a simple life.

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