I love technology, I hate technology – I hate technology, I… Monday through Thursday were testy for Bonnie and me because of technological issues. Eligible for many weeks to receive a free upgrade on my Blackberry smart phone, finally I made the switch from the Curve to the Torch. We keep our contacts and destination addresses on it, and the size of the list was approaching capacity of the Curve. In addition, the Torch is faster and easier to use in several respects; it is a world phone, too, which comes in handy when overseas. However, for days no one at AT&T or Blackberry could get the contraption to accept email. Hours on the phone at a time and being passed between four or five customer service representatives was its own gauntlet. Finally, the phone started receiving emails at 10 minutes after noon on Thursday! Yet, another problem immediately challenged patience and technology – every time I synced my phone and my computer I would get a whole another address book on my Torch. Ugggggh!!!!! No one could figure it out at AT&T or Blackberry, including the representative to whom I first talked at the former place who apparently was neither familiar with smart phones nor with what the word sync means. Trial and error on my part and turning off some features, at last I was able to get enough service from syncing to be adequate. For a while after getting the sync process to stop making duplicates, the Blackberry software would make imperfect syncs, making changes to files that I had not made or only syncing part of the address book. I love technology, I hate technology – I hate technology, I…
Bonnie was fighting her own technological war! A few months ago, we purchased a lifetime map update for our Garmin GPS for the price of an annual update. Great, right? We noticed that the GPS started telling us that it had maps a year old, indicating the update made a few months ago was really unsuccessful. Ugggggh!!!!! So, we attempted to download the most recent updated maps, but the GPS refused to update from my computer. GPS indicated that it was willing to and successfully updated from Bonnie’s computer (they are identical). Great, right? So, off we go on a five hour afternoon ride to the Walnut Grove Church of Christ in Benton, KY. On the road and headed roughly in the correct direction, GPS informs us that there are no maps available. Well, we have an atlas in the car; no problem, right? The GPS has spoiled us, and with complex turns and trying to identify street address destinations with which we are not familiar, GPS is much appreciated – when it is right. We found our supper appointment, in part with the aid of my Blackberry Torch, on which just the night before I had downloaded Google maps. It’s not the audible turn by turn directions or visual map for the driver of the GPS, but it was a valuable tool. However, it could not find the church building, and I got turned around twice with little time to spare. As it happens, our hostess for supper left her home after we did and arrived at the meetinghouse before we did! The Walnut Grove Church of Christ received us well, and we had the opportunity to deliver to them instead of ship to them the 50 copies of our daughter Rebecca’s book, What Makes Us Tick?
We drove back to Rebecca’s home in Collierville, TN to spend the night. Rebecca found it odd to pack a bag at our house to go on a trip with us and to spend the night at her own house while on the way back to our home in Winona, MS. She is on spring break from teaching school. Thursday, we made our way back to Winona, after breakfast at Cracker Barrel (order messed up; male waiters I’ve found mess up service jobs more often than females – must be in our genes). Next we got a badly needed bath for the faithful car, got the oil changed (not really a 10-minute oil change as it turned out – surprise, surprise!), bought some flowers and stopped at Best Buy to get a computer component that I’ll have to return because it can’t do what I had hoped it would do. We still got back to Winona to be in the office by 2:00 p.m. There we continued to work on various projects including our March newsletter (which we mailed Friday).
We love technology, we hate technology – we hate technology, we…Bonnie next spent hours on the phone trying to resolve the issue with the GPS. Finally, after must frustration, we think it is working again and accepted the map update. We will see shortly on our next trip out of Winona. We love technology, we hate technology – we hate technology, we…At the same time, Bonnie’s cell phone has been turning itself off, freezing up, dropping a lot of calls and echoing. It’s still under warranty, and AT&T customer support agreed it needed to be replaced, but the warranty department drug it out for days, resisting replacing the phone. Finally, AT&T shipped Bonnie part of a phone, which if she would take pieces from the dysfunctional phone and put them together, she would have a phone again. We love technology, we hate technology – we hate technology, we… Ugggggh!!!!! You can quote me if you like, “Ugggggh!!!!!”
By the way, it’s late Friday night, and we are leaving on a pilgrimage tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. I wonder if GPS will work; I hope so.