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.