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Taking the good with the bad

Posted Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at 11:29 PM

The world seems to be changing at a rate with which Minnie has a bit of trouble contending at times. While some of the changes are welcome, some are not.

The fact that I can take 50 pictures on a digital camera, view them on the computer, punch in the ones I want copies of on Wal-Mart's photo website and pick up my prints an hour later in town…now that's a good thing.

I can choose some of my favorite tunes and download them onto a CD (ok, my son can do it)…and that's a good thing, illegal maybe, but still a good thing.

I can leave the house, go get the vehicle washed, make a deposit at the bank, pick up lunch, and my prescription (a MUST at my age), and never leave the confines of my comfy vehicle….it's a good thing.

I can find information on virtually any subject imaginable to mankind, from bunions to Bibles at the touch of my fingertips via the net….a very good thing.

I can elect to have a procedure done that will bring my very bad vision back to 20/20 and it can be done in the doctor's office chair in a matter of seconds…amazing! And another very good thing.

I can slide my little green card nearly anywhere and the cost of my purchases are automatically taken from my checking account…an excellent thing, especially for someone who forgets to carry cash.

I can type a message to my sister a thousand miles away and she can receive it in seconds….a downright miracle…and a very good one.

The fact that I can pick up a phone while driving home and dial my daughter to check and see how the ortho appointment for the grandchild went moments before…well, that's just downright miraculous.

I can remove the plastic lid on a can of coffee (a great thing in itself)…and then I can peel off a silver aluminum-type cover by pulling on a tab and wha-lah! Coffee! Amazing and quite welcomed.

When the alarm blasts me out of a deep slumber around 6 a.m., I am granted ten more minutes of peaceful sleep by simply fumbling and finding a wonderful little miracle called the "snooze." It's one of man's best inventions of all time. It can even be applied many times over each morning (if you set your alarm early enough) and it just keeps on working over and over…it's the best!

Now, there ARE a few modern conveniences that are NOT so welcomed in my book..

Speed bumps…those nasty little humps in the pavement when you least expect them. They're mean little devils that will send you sailing airborne if you're not careful (which I suppose I often am not)…they're not among my favorite things.

Digital television….the jury's still out on that one. Can't say that I can tell much difference, but I know that that is just resistance to change. Still, I like my 25" unit that still fits into my entertainment center (yes, some folks still have entertainment centers). I recall when they were all the rage, but then I recall when the family went from AM radio to a black and white console in the living room too. Hmmmmmm. So, you see, I HAVE come a long way.

DVD players…we know from past history that this little devil is a real challenge for Minnie and one that I could live without, but then I still have problems with a VHS player, so go figure!

Self-checkouts….Oh PLEEEEEEZE!!! Get one of those people in the blue vests and rather than have them welcome me to Wal-Mart (I don't want to be welcomed….I just want to get the 25 items that I grabbed when I only needed two things)…But, take that welcome mat person and put them on the register that has been designated to be "self"…I'm going to end up calling for help anyway, so they might just as well plant someone there from the start.

Movies containing four letter words that are broadcast on network TV in prime time…that's NOT a good thing, especially with children about.

And speaking of children….TV's in their rooms, like computers and phone are NOT a good thing. Keep both out in the open where there is supervision and where children can interact with the family….anything else is NOT a good thing.

And finally…a timely item…ten inches of rain in one day is definitely NOT a good thing, any way you look at it.

Minnie o'

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Ah, I guessed two weeks, and I was right! (Looked it up in Wikipedia) I love Old English! "feorwertyne niht" - fourteen nights.

Well, back to the topic at hand, however! And that is -- 14 days (or nights) is TOO LONG TO WAIT FOR OUR MINNIE FIX!!! We must have a new blog from Minnie in a "wikiniht"! Okay...so I made it up.. but it's Old Goatherder English for "one week"!!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 9:01 PM

I do believe our dear Minnie has been shot down! No posting since March 18... How ever shall we live without her???

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Apr 5, 2008, at 9:36 PM
Minne O'Pausal's response:
Not to fear....Minnie shall be back in splendor within a fortnight (how long is that,anyway?)

Anyway....stay tuned! That's a Minnie promise.

OK. As long as the intended target is scottish and not our dear Minnie you can count me in. My feathers are ready to go.

-- Posted by Ducky on Sat, Mar 29, 2008, at 8:46 PM

Why, no, Ducky! Cake and I have only the Best of Intentions! We would like to host a darling little tea party for Minnie's dear Scottish gentleman friend. Cake has some concoctions in mind, and I shall liven up the occasion with a Scottish RiverDance, featuring the fancy footwork of Tinker Bell and her five frivolous friends! We've even invited that famous extra-terrestial goat, Hot Shot, who has promised to take his head out of the fence for the occasion!

It should prove to be a highly romantic evening!

You must spruce up your feathers and join us!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 8:39 PM

Now, now, Ducky. Goat Lady and I have no such evil intentions. Why, a coup never crossed our minds. We only have our Minnie's best interest at heart.

-- Posted by letseatcake633 on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 3:58 PM

Welcome back Minnie. We've missed you. I was afraid goat lady and lets eat cake were going to host another coup to take over your blog. There was mention of cake lady's yummy confections with the "special" ingredient. Tell dear Sean he'll have to give you enough alone time (difficult as that may be to bear) to provide a minnie-fix for your faithful fans.

-- Posted by Ducky on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 12:58 PM

I agree on the digital tv thing. Some years ago I bought a wonderful 29 inch tv - it seemed so huge, the biggest I'd ever owned. It was the biggest one that would fit in my entertainment center (yup, me too). It was a very tight fit with very little margin for error.

Alas, the big wonderful analog tv just died. Actually, it isn't quite dead yet -- it just keeps turning itself off and back on at the most inopportune times with no warning and at random. The inconsistency of it all got to me finally and I went off in search of a new tv (with income tax refund in pocket).

All I wanted was another one just like or very similar to the one I had. No luck. Almost no new analog tvs to be had - anywhere - at any price. Ok. Switch to digital. Now there were plenty to choose from - all at inflated prices. I took the measurements of my intertainment center (and my techy nephew) along so I could find the biggest tv that would fit in the hole. You'll never guess. Only 22 inches. Even the 27 inch tvs now have speakers on the sides so they won't fit in the hole. 22 inches.

I'm so depressed. What good does a better image do you if you can't see it because of the size? I suppose it's just as well. The larger ones were out of my price range and I watch too much tv anyway. Maybe this dinky little tv will cure me. Sigh.

-- Posted by Ducky on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 12:56 PM

Another thing I like - pushing "pay at pump" at the gas-o-mat. Next best thing to having that cute young service station guy say, "May I help you, Ma'am?"

What I don't like is having to go inside and pay, where you have to wait behind people buying sodas, chips and lottery tickets.

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Mar 19, 2008, at 9:41 PM

I agree with you Minnie...all this new computer related machinery dazzles the mind. Some good/some just plain confusing. Just the other day while out cruising in my "almost new" automobile, a blinding red light flashed at me from the dashboard admonishing "check engine" which, of course, I immediately did! It appeared to be still intact. As there were no follow-up instructions, I shall assume all is well.

-- Posted by letseatcake633 on Wed, Mar 19, 2008, at 8:41 PM

Dear Miss Minnie...I agree with you on almost all of the above...though I can't say I know either way on the digital television thing since I don't even have cable or satelite to see digital television. My analog antenna is working just fine for me...for now. Though I'm still not happy that they're MAKING us switch.

I also agree with televisions in children's rooms. I've went that route with mine...and I barely ever seen them. Plus, they would try and sneak "Adult Swim" on cartoon network every chance they got...though they knew it was forbidden.

The four letter words...well...honestly, I've been known to say a few myself. Plus, you can go to the nearest store and hear ALL of them from someone walking down the aisle...even the worst ones. I can't hide my children from those words forever...so I may as well teach them they're bad now, so they don't try and use them in school and get me called to the school later.

Oh, and self-checkouts! Those are my dream come true! I've worked many cash registers in my short time...and these are a breeze for me. I've even taught my 64 year old father how to use them...and he even enjoys them! Maybe I could make a little extra money giving tutorials on the use of them...I'm always looking for ways to help people...and cash is even better.

Of course drive-thru's at every business to me is a must. I would rather walk in to make my purchases (for a little exercise here and there), but with two unruly boys in tow, drive-thru's are the best thing since sliced bread.

One other thing comes to mind that I enjoy about the technology age...and that would be our ability to make motel, resort, and vacation plans/reservations all from the privacy of our own home, from our fingertips, without having to go to a travel agency...and in most cases, it's cheaper! Can't beat that!

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Wed, Mar 19, 2008, at 8:13 AM

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