(Crap. Just my luck. I HATE beer.)
Modern technology is amazing, isn't it? Ohhhhh, the things science and technology can do for us! The amazing things computers can do! The wonders of the Internet ... the joys of meeting people from all parts of the world through blogging. Then again, on the other hand, as C.P. Snow wrote in the New York Times in March of 1971: Technology ... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.
In other words, my problem with Blogger didn't miraculously "cure" itself over the weekend. I still can't post a picture, dadgum it. Sincere thanks to all of you who offered suggestions and/or commiserations. I really appreciate it. Alas, no time to monkey around with the template right now, so I'll simply have to settle for writing another post without pictures.
I find it mind-boggling and a tiny bit freaky that some automobiles can actually parallel park at the curb all by themselves, don't you? But what happens, I ask you, when the technology-dependent driver is reading the newspaper or putting on fresh make-up, or whatever the heck it is a person is supposed to be doing while the car is allegedly working its magic, and the magic doesn't work? What if the car refuses to take its proper place at the side of the road, and the poor hapless driver, who never learned how to parallel park, is stranded in the middle of the road, and has to fend for himself? (The horror of it all!) Fear not, my friends, for I offer you (Ta-DA!) plan B. Curb feelers! Remember them? They were simple metal thingamajiggies that stuck out from the lower side of the car, allowing the less-than-talented parallel parker to tell by the scraping sound that he was close enough to the curb. (Worked like a charm for my mother in '58.)
Do you rely on a PDA? I suggest you have a back-up plan for that, too. Like a good old-fashioned PAD and pencil. And don't you think it'd be a swimmingly grand idea if all cashiers actually knew how to add and subtract? It isn't so much that technology provides pitfalls; I think we trip ourselves and risk falling flat on our faces when we become so dependent on those technologies that we can no longer function without them. We let the machines do for us, and lose the ability to do for ourselves.
I like my new telephone;
My computer works just fine.
My calculator is perfect,
But Lord, I miss my mind!
Can you think of any times that technology stabbed you in the back ... or bit you in the butt?
I hope y'all had a glorious weekend. We did. It's always a joy to spend time with our grandchildren, and even though my body is sitting here in front of my computer, I'm afraid my head is still is Alabama, running around the back yard with the kiddies. I'm not sure who was happier to see us: the grandkids when we got to Alabama, or our cats when we got back home. So I'm gonna close today's blog by listing some of the things that our smart cats (and yours) have to remember:
- Screaming at a can of food won't make it open itself.
- I should not assume the patio door is open when I race outside to chase leaves.
- If I put a live mouse in my food bowl, I should not expect it to stay there until I get hungry.
- If I bite the cactus, it will bite back.
- I shouldn't stand on the bathroom counter, stare down the hall, and growl at nothing right after my human watches X Files.
- Television and computer screens do not exist just to backlight my lovely derriere.
- No matter how shiny and dangly they are, my human's earrings aren't cat toys.
- If I keep playing dead cat on the stairs while people are trying to bring in groceries, one of these days it will really come true.
- My human is capable of cooking bacon and eggs without my help.
- Canned cat food is already dead. No need to swat chunks of it all over the floor.
- I'm a carnivore. Potted plants aren't meat.
- I will never be able to walk on the ceiling, and staring up at it and screaming won't bring it any closer.
- It is not a good idea to try to lap up the powdered creamer before it all dissolves in the boiling coffee.
- The goldfish likes living in water and must be allowed to remain in its bowl.
- If my human wants to share her sandwich with me, she'll give me a piece. She will notice if I start eating it from the other end.
- I cannot leap through closed windows to catch birds outside.
- I am a neutered cat, not a peacock, and prancing around with my tail fluffed up will not make my balls grow back.
- If I must give a present to my human's overnight guests, my toy mouse is much more socially acceptable than a live cockroach, even if it isn't as tasty.
- Just because I hear voices in my head, I don't have to answer them.
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