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Just a Decade or So Behind

May 4th, 2007 at 05:15 pm

That's me. Just getting around to mastering something the rest of the world is way past comfy with.

*insert drum roll here.....*

I have, just this afternoon, figured out how to set up voice mail on my cell phone! Not only have I figured it out, but I HAVE it set up, and it works!

Stuff like this baffles me. The clock in my van, programing the cable box or setting the VCR/DVD to record (heck, I have days when I can't get it to even play a silly movie!) and anything to do with the auto features on any and all appliances are something I've pawned off on the kids who lived with me over the years.

But, for some reason, the voice mail on the cell never made it on the TO DO list. Thus, it was now on the top, as I can't switch clients over to the cell number if I have no voice mail.

So, one BIG thing off my list of what needs doing prior to my trial move. I also started talking about the whole event with the autistic kiddo today. He seems OK with it, but who knows? And, truly, I need to remember I'm not in charge any longer.

Next step will be to wean the couples who stay here off the house phone. I have let them all use it for a message phone, since it is impossible to get a job set up without a phone number & an address. I need to be ready with my answer to the next question........."Can I use your cell phone?". Not sure of my answer yet.

The thought of not having a phone ringing dozens and dozens of times a day is absolutely heady to me. I'm getting closer to that being possible & it spurs me on!

On a money front......I participated in a Pine Cone survey this AM, at least the first part of it. I presume a product will be on its' way here & then there will be an additional survey. Love these!!!

Working this week end as my last young man is scheduled to be here this afternoon through Sunday afternoon. I will give notice to his dad when I see him Sunday. Not sure about the timing, but will most likely see him through the end of June, giving them almost 2 months to decide what to do.

Room mate person is holding a huge Barn Sale today & tomorrow, which is part of her commitment to clear stuff out of here, prior to me discussing leaving the place to her to manage. So far, she's doing a huge amount of business, which in the long run is good for me too.

My moving out decision is feeling more like the right way to go each time I tell someone what I'm doing. Details are falling into place, there aren't any road blocks and I can sleep well even tho I'm making a big change. Means I'm on the right track! My biggest disappointment is telling my new walking buddy I'm moving too far away to meet 3X a week to walk.

10 Responses to “Just a Decade or So Behind”

  1. Amber Says:

    welcome to the new year Smile

  2. robex Says:

    I know how you feel about being behind the times. When I needed help setting up our new email account, I called our internet provider and, as I made her repeat (for the tenth time)the step I was on, she asked to speak to the person who had set up the original account.

    It was embarassing, but I had to tell the truth..."The person who originally set up the account is in fourth grade and won't be home from school until 3:00"...When she recovered from the laughter she patiently explained the step to me again.

  3. JanH Says:

    Oh, Robex, you have made my night! I nearly fell off my chair laughing at your reply. I, too, have to often wait until I can ask one of the kids how to work something--especially the computer. My DS once told me over the phone that he finally found someone who was more uninformed about the computer--she couldn't remember how to turn it on--I HAVE mastered that one. Contrary1, I still don't know how to do much on my phone. The family takes it away from me to set things when I wonder how to do it. And they roll their eyes when I try to use my digital camera.....

  4. barbara L Says:

    Yeah, well one day I learned this very nifty trick at work. When I got home I showed my 17 y/o son how to do it on his computer. I was totally shocked when he informed me me that "EVERYONE knows how to 'cut and paste'" and here I thought it was something new...;0)because I had just learned it from the IT guy at work...geez....

  5. contrary1 Says:

    Thanks to everyone for replying here.......I don't feel nearly so behind, nor alone with my deficit. Smile
    And, I can so relate to never having learned these things, as the kids that were going to "fix" whatever for me, would just grab it, zip through programing it and then hand it back to me. No explanation, no just guiding me through it, nothing. So, I never learned a thing.

    I'm feeling so accomplished tonight........I even called my cell phone & left a message so I could figure out how to retrieve it. Smile

  6. littlemama Says:

    Barbara, that exact thing happened to me. I thought I was going to show my son something he didn't already know. Wrong! (And I was so proud I could do it too) Wink

  7. baselle Says:

    I'm still holding out as far as the cellphone is concerned!!!

  8. contrary1 Says:

    baselle: I wouldn't have had a cell phone either, but for licensing requirements when I was working. Initially, I had to have a pager, which was really a stupid stage, if someone paged me from the house, I had to immediately go find a phone and call home. Out where I live, I could get home faster than I could find a phone!

    Still arguing with my voice mail set up here........I can see what number called, but so far, can't hear any message. I just keep getting my own message!!! Too frustrating. I may have to admit partial defeat here & call Verizon!

  9. barbara L Says:


    I've had verizon for years. Call your number and then press the # sign when your message starts.

  10. Ima saver Says:

    Contrary, you are decades ahead of me. I have no kids to show me how to do anything. My husband has a cell and we can't figure out anything. I don't have a phone and I don't want one. I don't know how to cut and paste or anything else on a computer.
    I never turn it off because I am afraid I won't get it turned back on. My husband bought me this computer for christmas and it came with NO instructions. (He has never used one either.)

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