Lynna Clark: Inept with new technologies – Salisbury Post

Lynna Clark: Inept with new technologies

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 18, 2023

By Lynna Clark

I’m type of clumsy when it comes to social graces. Like Don Rickles on the Andy Griffith Show, I’m rather inept. To me, folks are scary … downright intimidating. Nonetheless, for 20 years I worked at the front workplace of a compact college. All day lengthy I dealt with folks. I was a small bit superior at that. I feel simply because I could enable them speedily and they’d be on their way with out as well numerous words. If I had to make a telephone contact, I discovered to practice what I would say beforehand. Even now, I do the very same. Like final week I necessary to verify on strawberry plants at the regional nursery. In my head, I had the inquiries prepared but when a gruff old dude answered, my words came out “blah blah blahder berrydo have you some?” Also “what is the time of which you shall be closed?” I sounded like Yoda but not as intelligent. Perhaps that is why I create.


It turns out I’m not true savvy with the technologies speak either. A person was attempting to contact although I was listening to a Marco message from Permaculture Daughter. I believed I could just hit the orange button that popped up to see who was calling. But somehow I got Google assistant who mentioned, “Attempt saying, ‘Remind me to take out the garbage.’ ” So I hit that button attempting to get rid of her considering that my cell was nonetheless ringing and Marco was nonetheless playing. Of course Google Lady mentioned, “OK! I will remind you at 9 o’clock tonight to take out your garbage.” She seemed so pleased to enable that I hated to disappoint her. Devoid of practicing, gently I mentioned, “No Google Lady. Do NOT remind me about the garbage to be out at 9 o’clock.”

Bless her heart. I feel she was attempting her very best, but she informed me in her incredibly-pleased-to-be-of-service voice. “OK! I will remind you NOT to take out the garbage at 9 o’clock.” So I gave up on her and hurried to answer my incoming contact. But alas. They had been gone. So I continued the tour of my daughter’s backyard garden on Marco. At least I’m savvy sufficient to send her a nicely-deserved thumbs up, heart and delighted face. I’m positive she was impressed. Plus! No words had been harmed in the procedure.

Sadly, the contact I missed was one thing from a desperate prince who demands funds. I’ll have to catch up with him later. Perhaps I’ll just text him so I can program my words. I positive do not want to insult the royalty which is certainly him by misspeaking. But 1st, I may well ought to take a nap. I have a contact scheduled previous my bedtime to remind me NOT to take out the trash.

Lord enable me!

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O Lord my Strength and my Redeemer.”

— Psalm 19:14

Lynna Clark lives in Salisbury. Study a lot more at


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