would you believe?
the jetsons actually debuted when i was just starting 11th grade in high school.
we thought it was pretty cool !
it was a family’s life set in 2062.
talking to relatives on screens that showed them.
we have that now.
robots doing housework.
we don’t have the cars like saucers that fly through the air.
but we have cars that park themselves.
that tell you what direction to take.
that open the trunk when you point your foot
at the bumper . . .
and whose dashboard controls look like the
control panel on the airplane my husband used to fly.
speaking of which . . .
my engine light just came on this morning.
i don’t dare ignore it.
but i understand that it costs X amount for them to hook it up
to their computer and see what’s wrong before they even fix it!
gotta just love this new world. you do old bean.
in many ways in my heart i know it’s better.
why does it make me feel cold? and small? and tired?
just OLD i guess! LOLOL.
times they are a changin’
and we either change with it or . . .
our homes don’t look very much like this.
and from all the home~styling blogs that i visit
i think that the cosy old fashioned type of living will be long lived.
people like stuff. they do old bean!
for every kind of reason under the sun.
and everybody likes comfort.
our technological lives continue to race forward
but our mode of living . . . the way we live . . .
doesn’t seem to change all that much from year to year.
we eat. we sleep. we bathe.
i am the odd ball on the modern home front.
i find it easier there than anywhere to adjust to the new world.
if you can call it that.
i’m not a technological gadgetry type person.
but the sparseness and simplicity and beauty of clean clear spaces
give me that anytime and i could be happy.
for instance . . .
this is one of my favorite rooms.
i would be totally happy living here. no clutter. warmth in the wood tones.
serene. modern. and to me just very beautiful.
so. the ‘ home’ style of the jetsons would be fine with me no doubt.
then why . . .
does this thing leave me stone COLD ?
why accept some things and reject others?
i honestly do not know.
this thrills most people. and they just can’t wait to get one!
i on the other hand . . . do not want a phone that turns on my
slow cooker while i’m out. or turns off my house lights.
or contacts iceland to see if the glaciers have moved.
i want a simple phone.
that makes simple phone calls.
and i don’t want to have it at my ear while i shop for groceries
or jog in the park
or sit in the theatre
or while i eat at a restaurant
or . . . heaven forbid drive in heavy traffic.
you get it.
when did the world get so HOOKED on phoning and talking
that they probably even take it and talk to some poor soul while they
i say . . .
HANG UP !!!!
aw. my monk.
you knew i wouldn’t last.
my soap box is an appendage. and it’s on full blast today!
i’m sure there are those who want to yell back at me
GET OFF !!!
i’ll get off if you hang up.
it’s all in good fun old bean.
you might as well laugh.
and of course . . .
i don’t want to get totally off the ship yet.
contrary to what the title of this post says!
BUT . . .
i do not want this on my washing machine.
i appreciate my clothes washing machine.
i’m very thankful for it. very.
but i want simple dials. or buttons. and only
necessary choices. AAAGGGHHHH!!!!!
i dread the day i have to replace it. and they’re only making
dials and buttons and more dials and more buttons and mor
i have not flown since before 9/11.
i understand it is unbelievably complicated now
to simply buy a ticket.
that’s even before you get to the airport
in which you have to be at least 2 hours before your flight.
call me lazy.
i don’t mind.
but i don’t want to try to figure this out.
i want a ticket agent to make my reservations.
and besides . . . in making your own . . .
something called cookies can mess your life up apparently! LOL
we complain there are no jobs.
perhaps it’s because EVERYTHING
from ordering your pizza to booking your flight
is done on a computer. YOURS !
relax old bean.
i’m not mad.
somewhere along the line i just got off the bandwagon.
the truth is i only SORTA got off the bandwagon.
being a little hypocritical here i guess.
i DO admit there are wonderful things now.
i still have a huge blood clot in my left thigh from that surgery i had.
runs the whole length of it.
some years back it would have been
an automatic death sentence.
just like the one that killed my father at 45.
he died before the new technology we have today.
now i take this pill once a day until it’s gone.
they said could be months could be years.
and i’m so grateful.
i apparently have a love hate relationship with the modern
ever changing ever more complicated world.
i want a real book to read for instance.
i see the value in a kindle or a nook.
but i want to hold a book. and yes.
i know it’s killing trees.
but so are all the hardwood floors everyone INSISTS on having.
name your poison.
and when i check out the book i want at the library . . .
you guessed it old bean.
this just leaves me cold.
i want to look into the smiling face of a nice librarian.
i want her to still have a job. one she studied for and enjoys.
there is much about mankind that reviles me.
the way he still treats women in some parts of the world.
as if we were still in the dark ages for pete’s sake.
who in their right mind would EVER think they have the right
to throw acid in a woman’s face? dear god in heaven.
and the way he factory farms animals who live in abominable conditions.
until they are mercifully yet horrendously slaughtered.
and the way he so easily wages war on his fellow man.
all this i find so sad.
but with all that . . .
he never ceases to amaze me too. his sheer strength. his genius.
he is the one who spans oceans.
who builds ships that can carry people and goods.
who creates dams that makes crops grow.
and electricity to light our homes.
look at this!
he is amazing.
he can do all this. and he is always doing ever more.
and when i say mankind it’s only convenient.
there are brilliant women right alongside!
i do not hate technology. but it has its place.
and if it takes over our lives . . .
i will still be forever and first of all
valuing the tiny part of the world . . .
my own little world actually
here at the wren house . . .
that reveres simplicity in all things.
it’s headed so fast to the world of the jetson’s old bean!
i hope you have found a happy balance too
with all the cold and efficient and growing technology.
it’s good. and it’s exciting !
but so is a wonderfully simple life.
it allows you to rest from all of it.
there’s a place for simplicity too!
i say . . .
” come on in ! the water’s fine ! “
and most of the best things in life are
snoopy hugs to you and your wonderful life old bean.