Saturday, February 21, 2009
In retirement, I have discovered elements of technology that everyone else knew existed.
Our daughters aren't surprised at this late blooming. Our middle daughter, the librarian, has been our hotline, talking us down from all sorts of technology roofs for years.
the librarian: "Did you read the instructions?"
Us: "Uh, yes..."
Once while baby-sitting, our oldest grandson (age 4) shouted , "You mean the remote??", when my husband and I kept asking , "Where is the 'changer'?"
When I discovered Netflix last summer, through the recommendation of a friend, I immediately queued up all 5 sesasons of HBO's The Wire.
The Wire , long since cancelled, has elements of compelling television that are often too difficult to watch but impossible to resist.
Set in Baltimore, the shows traces the personal intersections of the lives of a cast of stellar characters and their corresponding actors. The episodes, involving a neighborhood school and its students' personal struggles and abhorent home lives, are a modern day Greek tragedy if I ever saw one (add the first season of Friday Night Lights to that list).
We have progressed.
My husband and I can now easily load and play a DVD.
The only time we have a problem is when we try to answer the phone with 'the changer'.