The latest innovation in my life is a remote control that will switch on or off approximately 17 lamps in my house. Yes, we need to go to lamp owners anonymous.
Nevertheless, technology has given us so much power. This Saturday morning, when it was really cold, I wished for a remote to turn on my coffee pot. Yes, it has a program you can set for it to come on automatically, but if you lose power you have to get back on the Internet and search for the instructions and go through the whole programming thing again.
Pressing a button on a remote would be better as long as the remote does not get lost. An app on my iPhone would be better.
Technology has changed so much, and it seems so much more is just around the corner. For instance, do you remember not so long ago when people would say, “That person has a mind like a steel trap.” Better yet, and even more recently, “He has the mind of an encyclopedia.”
It is almost a certainty my children have never seen a steel trap. Their only faint contact with an encyclopedia would be the days when Microsoft brought us Encarta with many early personal computers.
In today’s world the analogy would have to be something along the lines of, “She has a mind as expansive as Google,” or “He has a mind as vast as Yahoo.”
Really? It just doesn’t meet the test, as well as the tangible examples of yesteryear.
How about the last time you used a phone book or dialed 411 to get a phone number. The phone company used to have real Americans on the line to take those calls. If you talked nicely to them, and they were in a good mood they might even give you two numbers and an address too. Those were heady days.
My kids just can’t relate to many realities of my youth.
We still talked in the ‘70s about the notorious criminals Bonnie and Clyde. How do you explain to a kid today that two people worked a region as criminals and got away from the law only utilizing gunfire and a vehicle to outrun the law?
Can’t you hear the kids now? Why didn’t they just use a satellite to track them from the NSA or get some of the video footage from the last convenience store where they bought or stole a grape Nehi?
There is a new TV show on the History channel about Bonnie and Clyde, which brought all of this to mind. The actors are much better looking than the original crooks, but who would want to watch the show if it was just about two ugly people on a crime spree? The original film starred young actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Doesn’t get much better than that.
It also reminded me of my favorite thing to tease my mother-in-law about when my wife and I were engaged — I told her I thought it would be cool if we had a daughter someday to name her Bonnie Ann …