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Living on the fringe

Posted Monday, November 8, 2010, at 9:26 AM

Here you see a portion of the technological marvels which occupy a spot of favor in the DeJournett household: satellite, VCR, DVD, and (wonder of all wonders!) a 42-inch television! Now maybe I can read subtitles and the menu!
Sorry I haven't blogged in a while. Looks as if the regulars need to get on the stick and be a little more regular!

My life has taken a pleasant turn this year, so I admit to being a little distracted. After 13 years as a widow, I have met a wonderful man, who is laboring to jettison me into 21st Century technology.

Those of you who have been reading my blogs and columns will be disappointed to learn the secret of my pathetic existence out here in the isolated hills of Tillman. My techno skills are about as primitive as my life at the edge of civilization.

At the risk of losing all sense of self-respect, I am going to post a partial list of things I can and cannot do:

1. Program my VCR! The machine is almost extinct, and I still don't know how to program it or keep the time from blinking! We just discovered that the clock was last programmed on Sept. 12, 2000. That's probably when I bought the contraption! And, yes, I still watch VCR tapes! All my Jane Austin movies are on VCR. By the time I switch to DVD, something new will come along, and those little round disk thingies will be obsolete!

2. Deal with numbers! I hate them with a purple passion! This, of course, means that I have never, in all my life, balanced my checkbook. If I get within $100 of the bank's figures, I count myself quite efficient. For this reason, I LOVE the on-line bank account, which I can check as many times as I please. No more bounced checks!

3. I finally gave up on Word Perfect and had my computer guru in Advance (Todd Mayberry at Blue Chalk Software - a little plug there for my boy!) install MicroSoft Word. Now I can send documents to the techno-savvy members of my library board. (Believe it or not, we still have about two members who can't check email.)

4. I love email! So HANDY to get messages from around the world - and in written form, so there's no misunderstanding.

5. I love the cell phone! I keep it in my pocket, so I can get a charge when it plays my song - "I'm so Excited!" by the Pointer Sisters.

6. I cannot do metric conversion. Wasn't everyone in the United States supposed to be converted to the metric system by a certain year? What was that year anyway? I think it came and went - and then someone in high places admitted that it was never gonna happen.

7. My new Best Friend Forever points out that I cannot count to 500 forwards and backwards. (Why would I want to??)

8. I can no longer keep track of all the Jeep models! I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Classic - and I refuse to buy a later model, because they changed the body styles. Now there's the old Liberty, the new Liberty, the Grand Cherokees, the Compass, the Commander, the Wrangler, the Rubicon.... In reality, it would do no good for me to be able to keep them straight, as I can't afford to buy one, anyway!

I could probably come up with a bunch more examples, but you get the idea!

From the golden backwoods of Tillman, Missouri, this is your down home country reporter Madeline, living on the edge of the 21st Century.

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Goat lady: What will happen if internet services are down? I don't think Lillie Tomlin takes calls anymore. ("Operator... May I help you? One ringy, dingy...") Sometimes computers fry, so I've heard.

Maybe phone books could be issued every two years, or by request. You know our rates won't go DOWN because we aren't issued a directory.

-- Posted by GONENOW on Sun, Nov 14, 2010, at 4:58 PM

Oh, yeah, mythought, have you heard that the phone companies are going to discontinue the residential phone books, because no one uses them?? My daughter (28) once said, "Mom, no one uses the phone book anymore." I use them all the time! However, I read that the New York white pages weigh over 3 pounds! The one for my town is small and handy.

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 1:04 PM

Best wishes, Madeline!

Take spring when it comes and rejoice. Take happiness when it comes and rejoice. Take love when it comes and rejoice. --Carl Ewald


-- Posted by lovebooks on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 12:37 PM

I had an old rotary dial phone. I had to show my eight year old grand neice how to use it.

-- Posted by mythought on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 11:42 AM

If this were Facebook, I could hit "like" on these comments! You're so right, GN: I know so many of the older generation who say, "I have to get my ten-year-old grandson to program my ..t.v...vcr..dvd..cell phone...etc.... It's so easy for kids who grow up in this era!

On another note, maybe Madeline will be able to keep up on her blogging duties, now that she's more happy and contented!

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 7:24 AM

Congratulations MD on finding a male friend you can bond with! But you'd better not sit too close to that big screen TV or your eyes will start bugging out like people in those cheesy 1950s Sci-Fi movies!

-- Posted by FJGuy on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 4:59 PM

I don't see dust, period. I do see a warm future filled with happiness for a couple of dear friends. You don't need to learn technology--that's one thing "he" can take care of. There is also a reason we have children--to program our stuff when we don't want to bother to learn how. Why should we labor over manuals when our children can bleep, bleep, bleep and it is done?

-- Posted by GONENOW on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 3:38 PM

I admire your housekeeping skills. I saw NO dust on any of the equipment.

-- Posted by geezerette on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 12:05 PM

Closed captioning is the electronic miricle for me.

-- Posted by mythought on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 11:00 AM

Let's hope that Madeline's new friend can help her maintain her sanity a bit longer than she would do without his help! We all need a little help from our friends!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 9:22 AM

I have been following your blogs for a couple years and I wish you all the happiness in the world. Your new friend and you must be nearing those darned twilight years (which expression I personally detest), enjoy everyday, claim every new experience and live and love forever.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 7:52 AM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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