The title statement was made by our younger daughter’s best friend. Our daughter looked at us and realized we were, too. That was a little disconcerting to her.
While some of the technical related changes in our life have merely brought greater amusement or made less work, some of them have fundamentally changed our lives. As an example, I am writing this article in our 23 foot travel trailer on a laptop computer. There are many reasons, but it would not be possible without some of the changes listed below.
1) Air Conditioners: I remember our first air conditioner. No one wanted to leave the living room. This is actually an important appliance, especially in Southern California. It can help prevent heat illnesses, and it has an air filter for those of us with asthma.
2) Cell Phones: Gone are the days when the only way we could communicate with family members on the road was if they pulled over and found a pay phone. If we get separated when out shopping, all we have to do is dial a cell phone number and we’ll be able to connect up again.
3) Cordless Mouse: When we got our first computer, we had to learn to use a mouse. Part of that meant figuring out how to keep the wire from getting twisted or interfering with our wrist movements.
4) Cordless Phone: When we first got married, the only downstairs phone had a cord on it that could reach into the garage or the living room. That’s great for calling someone to it, but not so great if you’re talking on the phone while chasing toddlers. Now, we can talk in any room we choose, or even out in the yard.
5) Flat Screen TV: This is more for pleasure and convenience than necessity. I like to keep up with the news while I’m writing, but an old fashioned TV set would not be useful in a tiny trailer. The flat screen set is wall mounted, can swivel and is small enough to be a help rather than a hindrance.
6) iPhone: This successor to the cell phone has been very useful. The apps on it can help in many ways. Two of the things we use the most are the ability to read e-mail and the navigation programs.
7) Laptop: I can now write anywhere. Even if I don’t have power or internet access, I can still use the word processing program (as long as the batteries are charged…)
8) Microwave: For those of you who predate this appliance, the idea of heating a TV dinner in less than a half hour is incredible. The generation after its debut still stand in front of it and yell “hurry up!”
9) Remotes: We actually still had a dial TV when the kids were small. When they would look at us inquisitively after hearing someone on the set say “Don’t touch that dial,” we showed it to them. They were glad for the remotes after that. No one has to actually walk over to the set and change the channel anymore…
10) WiFi: Ah, the joy of getting on-line at Starbuck’s or the library. I am particularly grateful for that…