Electing Gadgets

Electronic gadgets, that is.

We’re talking Gadgets today and I bet you figure that I am going straight to the kitchen.

Nope.

Although I started writing my post from that angle, but the list was never-ending. (However, I have to give honorable mention to my electric sifter and hand cream-whipper!)

I decided to go with those that have made my life bearable when it was hard, and totally enjoyable all of the time.

I am torn, though.

My cellphone may be the most important. Without it, I would not have left the house many times at all for several years. Under the family circumstances, I was ‘On-call’ 24/7, with real emergencies.

Thank God, those years are past. I still need to be contacted, but not like I had, nor are the dangers as real as they were. I can now concentrate on contacting people whom I need to, checking on family who have moved or are traveling, check with relatives and friends who are far away, and do it at anytime, anywhere, even when I, myself, am traveling. I can leave messages; I can send addresses and phone numbers, plus pictures immediately. Texting is good, if people don’t want to carry on full conversations, (which drives me nuts; I can’t multitask and text). Texting has been very helpful with my brother’s situation. My sister can be with him, and text messages to me about him and his condition without upsetting him…and we can joke where we can about it all. And I can get the grandkids to text just to check in.
I never have to worry about missing a call, nor do I have to hesitate to make a call or worry about a deadline. Not to mention the ‘unlimited calling’! If I only had the money we had spent on ‘long-distance’ calls over the years!

But I have to say that my favorite “gadget” is:

My PC.

I still use it for email, messenger and FB, (because I have a lousy ‘smart’ phone). I use it to shop. It’s been a God-send for the past couple of years. Due to my health problems, long shopping trips were out of the question, (which I have to do out-of-town here).

I have contact with people on social media who keep me sane, (even if some can be infuriating at times). I have access to thinking people, which is a rarity here. Even if I found more, our lives are so different now. Things may settle down, but I was been unable to entertain in the evenings as we had at one point, or nor have I been able to ‘lunch’. I am not strong physically, even if the few friends that I had found were still around, I’m not sure what I would be up to.

I have contact with so many writers! I can’t even begin to tell you the thrill to find them and interview them.To read people’s work that I never would have been exposed to.

The best gadgety part is the word processing! I am a horrible typist. My handwriting has gone downhill, so trying to read the notes I write, (which go more slowly than my mind) ,I can hardly decipher my own words.

I tried a mini-tape recorder and oh-my-gosh, there is no way for me to transcribe my ramblings: stop and start, stop and start. Then there are the shortcuts, the now cryptic phrases which I wrongfully figured I’d remember what they meant; “What the heck was I talking about ?” came out-loud from me too many times for everything from stories, blog posts to recipes.

I am extremely comfortable writing at my PC. Oh, I make notes and I do a lot of mental editing while am otherwise occupied, but when I sit myself down in front of my computer, the words start flowing. I can see and rewrite so quickly, and without a mess!

(You should see my written notes! Scratchings-out, inserted words and arrows to rearrange the order of sentences and paragraphs. It took me forever to get anything finished that way. I can’t tell you the paper and typewriter ribbons, plus TIME, that  I used before.)

That’s it. I have 3 PCs, only one is on the internet, and here I am. And here is where you will find me, more and more.

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About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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6 Responses to Electing Gadgets

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Well, cell phones are definitely on my list of essentials. Just the other day I was recalling how many times we’d been in real pickles which could have been so easily handled if only all the parties had been able to connect with a phone.
    Not certain I consider the PC a gadget — it’s all semantics, isn’t it? — but the PC definitely has my vote as one of the most important machines in the house. And with internet connections — wow. From my 30 years of library work, I’m well aware of how many things used to be available only in bound books. EXPENSIVE, heavy bound books. Gosh, what resources we have access to… now.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    It’s hard to imagine our lives without our computers, isn’t it? Everything took so much longer, and we paid so much for stamps and phone calls. I remember driving miles, looking for a pay phone.

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    • Gosh, you have no idea the phone bills we ran up when family was out of state. That, and the postage because Joe and I spent nearly our entire actual engagement in separate states.
      My life would be incredibly different, if not over by now without communications.
      (I still like my hand cream-whipper!)

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  3. I’ll agree with the PC or LT or even the DT. LOL (Yes, I’m that old.) What would I do without my computer to write my books and short stories, do my marketing, keep in contact with my readers, encouragers, friends, etc., people all over the world, all in one day? And the computer has made it so easy to write, research, and make corrections all at the same time.

    But the cell phone? Nah uh.

    I can see it as a tool for when you really need to get a particular call and can’t be tied to the house. And I can see it for emergencies. But I’ve seen way too many people almost run over, accidents on the roads, annoying people chit chatting on their “device” in the stores as if they’re the only ones in the store, blocking the aisles, talking and arguing at the top of the decibel level. I don’t want to be one.

    Our cells go with us when we go out, but they are kept in their holders. If we want to make a phone call, we wait until we get home to do so, so it’s private and we aren’t disturbing others in the process. If we have an emergency, we have the phone available to us. If someone else calls, we take the phone out to the privacy of our vehicle to talk. If we’re on the road and a call comes in, and we feel it might be important, we pull over and park, then answer or call back.

    It’s called common sense. And I fear that many too many people have lost it since the invention of the cell phone. Okay, I’m over my rant.

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  4. I agree with you whole-heartedly on the virulent misuse of cell phones. If you knew my life and my family, you would give me y our approval for my usage and the necessity of it.
    I know that I would not be writing as well or as much, and certainly not able to be encouraged by others, were it not for the computer.
    I love the Internet! The research is immeasurable.
    Thanks for gracing our page again, Sharon!

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