Keep Up With Technology Why Don’t You

Here is my advice to older people. Don’t reject new technology. Get a smart phone and learn how to use it. Stay on top of tech. Learn the lexicon. Don’t get intimidated! What are you afraid of? Do you really think you can push the wrong button and break it?  You do, don’t you? But you are wrong! You might make a mistake, and get yourself turned around, but just hang in there and figure it out. It is just like every other new thing that you ever had to learn.

Stop being afraid.

Just learn it. Get someone to help you and learn. And keep on learning.

Why? Because if you don’t you will be left in the dust. Your grandchildren won’t know how to talk to you. But if you learn, your life will open up to all kinds of fun possibilities.

Today I helped my client learn the ins and outs of his new iPhone. He was so resistant! He was so annoying! He kept complaining about how he didn’t like technology, he didn’t want to put his email on his phone, he will never use it, blah, blah, blah

I wondered why he even got it if he hated it so much, but I was glad he got it because, like I told him, I didn’t want him to be *that* guy, the one who says things like, “These kids today and all their electronic gizmos! All they do is play on those smartphones!”

“Don’t be that guy,” I said. Keep up!

The only thing he knew how to do on his phone was talk to Siri.

“But you texted me the other day,” I said. “So you know how to text, right?”

“No,” he said, “I told Siri to text you.”

And then he showed me.

It was insane.

He really likes Siri. He likes having a little slave in his pocket.

I showed him how to text without Siri. I showed him how his camera worked and how to do Facetime. After that, his brain was fried. Next week I will teach him more things.

It’s important to keep up with the world. You don’t have to play the game if you don’t want to, but you have to know what the game involves before you make that decision.

Learn everything you can about your phone and your TV and maybe even learn to code a little. Then, if you want to choose an analog life, fine. Or if you want to make some choices about which technologies you will use and which ones you don’t need, at least you will know what you are leaving behind.

But if you reject it just because you don’t understand it, then no.. That’s just lazy. Learn the game first. Then quit if you want.

In January I was on an early shuttle bus to the airport. The driver found an Ipad on the seat. He turned and looked at us passengers, then radioed in to his dispatcher that he found it and added, “I don’t have an Ipad crowd this morning.”

I looked around at my fellow passengers and they were all around my age. I made a face as if to say, “You really don’t think we have Ipads because we aren’t in our 20s?” The guy sitting across from me, saw my look and said to me, “I work for Intel.”

We both laughed at that stupid driver in distain: “Not an Ipad crowd?”

“Yeah,” I said. “I once left my abacus on a shuttle and never saw it again.”

“Bummer,” said the Intel guy.

 

 

July 1st

How predictable am I? First day of a new month, filled with all kinds of resolves to do all manner of extraordinary things, but hey, YOU. NEVER. KNOW.

I totally bonked on the Photo-a-day thing last month, so let’s give this another go. Today’s theme: Self-Portrait.

Kill me now.

Oh, how I hate taking pics of myself. Hate it. So let’s change the subject.

Today I spent the whole day screwing around with Mailchimp trying to learn how to send fancy emails to my yoga students. I like learning new things, but the time it takes, well, it’s my LIFE, and I am always questioning: Is this the best use of my time, my one wild and precious life???

Will this make my life easier? Will it make it more fun? Will it make it more interesting and groovey? Because these are the acid test questions. I dunno, but I spent the day doing it, and I sent out my first “campaign” which is what Mailchimp calls email. I feel like General Patton. Or Rommel. But I did it, and it worked, and I still have a lot to learn. Baby steps.

I made curried chicken salad for dinner. I took a shower. I am drinking water. My life is freaking AMAZING.

But today I was doodling around on 750 words, trying to figure out a formula that I could use to do this blog every day. Something like a template where I would just plug info in at the right spots, sort of like MadLibs, and at the end get a whacky story of my day.

And maybe I will make up a MadLibs blog post app, but the other idea I hit on was to think of this as a newspaper, with sections. There would be the Top Story section, and a Living section which could be house and home projects which are always ongoing. Then I could have a Sports page devoted to news about my personal yoga practice; a Business page about how the studio is doing, and a Weather page which would include the meterological situation, but also my psychological weather report. Then lastly, if I’m feeling musey and philosophical I could write an Op-Ed piece.

Wonder if that would work? No harm trying, right?

So just now when I turned on the camera thingy on my Ipad and told myself to just suck it up and take something I had a moment of complete despair. Really? Is this what time has wrought? And if so, fine. Just don’t make me look at it.

So I went back into my picture archives and found this. I took it one day when I was playing around with the camera feature on the Ipad. I made myself black and white. I seem to look better that way.

Self-Portrait

Shoe Buying Angst

Buying a measly pair of running shoes shouldn’t cause me all this angst.

I found myself in Williamsport this afternoon and remembered this cool running store where the staff measures your feet and checks your pronation and everything, then guides you to the best shoe for your foot.

What place does that anymore, huh?

Yeah. NOWHERE.

I’ve been needing a new pair of running shoes, so today I went to that store.

The guy used one of those old-fashioned shoe sizers like this one, and assessed my foot (I am a true size 8 and have good, high arches) and then brought out two kinds of shoes for me to try on.

Thing is, one model he didn’t have in my exact size, and both models were in colors that I didn’t like.

“You have these in another color?” I asked.

“No, but I can order them and they’ll be here in 10 days.”

(Ten days???  “You gotta be kidding me, dude. (I thought) “I can go out to my car right now, pull up Zappos on my Ipad, order these shoes in the size and color I want, and they are on my feet by Monday.  You’re kidding me about the 10 days, right??”)

I want to support a business like this; a business that measures my foot and all, but really?

I left without buying those shoes.  But here’s the thing: I REALLY WANTED TO BUY THEM THERE!

I did. But I didn’t.

I Do Not Need An IPhone

This morning started with a massive software upload that now allows me into the CLOUD.  My Touch and my Ipad now have new apps, and everything syncs with everything without the computer. All I have to do is plug my Touch or my Ipad in to recharge it and it syncs with everything across platforms.

I watched an informational video from Apple about this new Cloud technology and it had me drooling.

Some people love shoes and clothes. Some people love to go to Broadway shows or the Opera. Some people dream of redesigning or redecorating their houses. Some people drool over travel brochures. Other people go wild in Williams Sonoma and want a fancy espresso maker or a set of Calaphon pans. Some people could live in Ikea.

Not me.  I want fancy electronic gadgets: Iphones, MacBooks, IPads, teensy-weensy external hard drives that will store a trigobyte of data.  I want gizmos.

I don’t NEED an Iphone, not a bit. But today I WANTED an Iphone.  The thing is, I hate my phone.  And it’s not just my phone, which is the antithesis of a smart phone, in fact it is a dumb phone. The truth is, I hate ALL phones, smart or dumb.

When my phone rings, I cringe inwardly. I don’t want to answer. I’d much rather get an email or a text. The phone does not meet my needs for connection. The phone makes me feel fake.  I can never get my voice to match what I feel. I want the person on the other end to be able to see my eyes, my mouth, my teeth. I want them to see me scratch my head, or tilt it. I want them to read my body language.

Which is what I am sure people who LOVE their phones are happy that the other person CANNOT see. I get that, I do.

But the Iphone can take pictures and edit them and send and receive email and there are all those apps and, and…it’s so well designed and pretty.  I want one.

Apple makes me want things that I don’t need.  I played with an Iphone today in a store.  I calculated how much an Iphone would cost per year, compared to what I pay for my dumb phone.  The dumb phone wins.

I will not get an Iphone. But I still want one.

12 Things I’m Loving Right Now

I know that “The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things” but lately I’ve been trying to focus my attention away from this endless winter, and on all the things I do really love and appreciate in my life.  This post is about things.  Objects, food, technology, yoga apparel and gear.  All the things that I am really loving right now.

So here goes:

Kashi Frozen Pizza, especially the Mushroom and Spinach one.  It is saving me on nights when I come home late from class and just want a little snack and a glass of wine while I watch The Biggest Loser.  The crust is really thin, it’s light, has good ingredients, and I like the eco-packaging.

Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice.  I even posted about this on Facebook the other day.  I can get it at Wegmans, and they also sell it at Wal-mart, surprisingly. It’s a little pouch of microwavable rice that I put stir-fried veggies on top of for a satisfying lunch.  Cooks in 90 secs. It is wicked good.

Nourish.  This is a powdered meal substitute that I drank when I was on the Clean Program.  I am not on Clean officially anymore, but I love this stuff.  It’s filling when I don’t have time to eat.  I like the chocolate.  I make it with Almond milk, put in frozen blueberries and some flax seeds and buzz it up in the Vita-Mix.  It’s spendy, though.  Still, I would be lost most days without it.

IPad.  I love this thing with my whole heart and soul. It’s ridiculous how much I love this wondrous piece of technology.  I let G take it to Florida with her on spring break and I’m totally jonesin’ for it!  Love IT. If you’re on the bubble about getting one, think you don’t NEED one, think again.  I have the older model, and this link is to the new one.  I love my “old” one and they are being sold cheap on ebay now that the new ones are coming. You won’t regret this splurge.  Guaranteed.

Zen Timer. I am in love with all things gizmo.  I love my Ipad. I love my Touch, I love my MacBook Pro.  I love this app. I use it every single day to time my meditation. I use it in Yin Class. It’s really great.

Sudoku Daily.  If you love sudoku, electronic sudoku is so wonderful you’ll think you have died and gone to heaven.  This is a free app, and while it is not as good as, say, the sudoku game on The Daily (for the Ipad), this is a great app for your touch, your phone, wherever you play games.

Timex Marathon. I have been wearing this watch for years. When the band breaks I go buy another one.  I am stupid when it comes to wrist chronographs. I don’t need lap times or splits.  I want a watch with the date and time. I want a timer and a stopwatch.  I want to read it in the dark if I have to. I want everything to be intuitive to program.  I never have to consult the manual.  This watch tells me how to set it.  I love this thing. Not pretty, but it gets me there on time.

Kor Delta Water Bottle.  This is the bottle that is going to cure me of my hatred of drinking water. It is so beautifully designed I want to pick it up and sip it every time I look at it. I have ordered 2 to raffle off at the end of the Yoga Challenge in April.  This is what happens when design meets function.  True love.

CVS Lens Wipes. Without these I wouldn’t be able to see.  I like them because they are not really WET.  They do the job with just the right amount of moisture. I use them on my glasses, my spendy sunglasses, my Ipad screen–everything. They are individually wrapped so not eco-friendly, but they fit in my purse and go everywhere.  Love them.

Kickbooty Yoga Pants. These are the best yoga pants I have ever worn. They make my ass look amazing.  I love them. Period.

Manduka. I love my Manduka mat. I practice on the Pro.  But I recommend this Pro-Lite mat to all my students.  Can’t go wrong. Not too tacky, not too slippery, really easy to clean.  To my mind, the perfect light-weight mat for toting to class.

750 Words This site is just the most rockin’ writing site in the world.  If you ever tried to do Morning Pages, a la Julia Cameron, this the online version.  No Artist dates or any of that other hoo-hah, just 750 words of brain clean-out every day.  Like taking a shower.  I feel clean and refreshed when I’m through. Plus, Buster gives you BADGES!!!!

Okay, there’s my list.  What are YOU  loving lately in the world of “things?”  Would love to hear!