Modern Technology

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It is, perhaps, too early in the day to decide on Today’s Perfect Moment, but it is certainly the right time to write Today’s Oddest moment. This moment comes to you courtesy of modern technology. I am no Luddite, but sometimes, I don’t always embrace technology the way I should.

When I got a new car, now some years ago, I wasn’t sold on all the high tech inclusions. This was despite my past love of overblown high tech cars.  I remember that several (read that as many) years ago my father had a car with a keyless entry system.  You could punch in a code and the doors would open rather than use you key.  I was totally in love with it.  I loved all the digital things in the car.  It had a digital speedometer that could flip between miles and kilometres. The radio could scan.  The seats move in numerous directions.  The moon roof slid back and forth.  It was the best toy that wasn’t mine.

On my car though, I really prefer simplicity. I favour windows with handle cranks.  I certainly never wanted to have a car that opened by pressing a button.  The fact that the doors lock automatically when I am driving still catches me off guard sometimes.  Maybe too many Microsoft updates have made me gun-shy.

Now that you’ve gotten the background over with, you might sympathise with my oddest moment. Then again you might laugh.

So, I was preparing to go out and I heard a car horn honking. I wondered who the idiot was (perhaps I thought a different word, but I like to keep it PG) and looked out on the street.  The horn was close, but I couldn’t see any cars.  Then it hit me, it was me.  My car horn was honking with the car in the garage.  Somehow, I had inadvertently hit the alarm button on the key.  Being a couple of floors up, I hadn’t even consider that I was the culprit.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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16 Responses to Modern Technology

  1. Mark Tulin says:

    Funny essay. I miss those window cranks and those little side windows that push out.

  2. It’s Luddite. Proper noun. Like Mormon. Too important to neglect.

  3. Because could do better if you put out the effort plus education in language, writing, anything, is of enormous value. I looove words. I can’t stand by silently and see them abused and misused. It is on their behalf that I jump in (only with the worst of glaring errors). There’s a hope too all this will work to a greater good (instruction that inspires you to better tend to the writing); it is dimmed.

  4. should read: “Because *you* could do better …

  5. Hunida says:

    Hahaha! I’m laughing because whenever I hear a car alarm going for so long, I always wonder if the owner is getting annoyed too but doesn’t know it’s theirs! 😂

  6. Cathy Cade says:

    I’m with you on the self-locking doors. My daughter had to be rescued by the AA when she was locked in her VW by a flat battery. (Lucky she had her phone with her, she was only planning to move it out of the garage.) On the whole I prefer electric windows (all four) although I love the flexibility of those little quarter-lights in our ancient motorhome. As for the cars that turn themselves off at traffic lights… don’t get me started.

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  8. ezielmoden says:

    Ideas overall are echoed.

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