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24 August 2005 @ 08:17 am
My Parents are Weirder than Crack and Less Expensive...  

My non-technologically savvy parental units got new cell phones yesterday. Spiffy things with clamshell tops and color displays and snazzy ringtones etc.

My father put in all his contact list and all of my mother's too. Mom comes to me this morning and says, "How do you call someone from the contact list? Your father thinks there should be a way to do it but he can't figure it out."

Just then Dad shows up.

Apparently this is an episode of Learning to Use Your New Phone with Erin the Daughter Geek.

So they are both standing there with their phones. Mom says, "Don't show me, I need to do it myself."

So I tell her to scroll down in her directory and choose a number to call. She does that, says "What next?"

I say, "Press the green button that looks like a phone."

She does.

One breath. Two.

My father's phone starts ringing. He opens it, says, "Hello?"

My mother, standing a foot to his left, says, "Hello. It's me."

My father says, "Oh, hi! How are you?"

My mother begins to respond again but I am staring at her like she's just announced she's leaving nursing to become a sex slave groupie of the Dixie Chicks.

Sheepishly, they both close their phones.

Mom says, "Well, that was easy."

Dad says, "I knew there had to be a way to do it."

I said, "This is so going in my blog."

And here it is.

My Dad might be able to find it on the Web if he put his mind to it. My mother will probably never see it. When the hospital instituted mandatory email accounts for all employees eight years ago, she replied to her emails by printing them out, writing her answer at the bottom, and putting them in the sender's mail cubby hole on the wall.

I love my parents. I adore my parents. My parents are the most wonderful parents on the face of the planet.

However, the geek gene must be recessive in both of them.

Because my brother owns a software design company and taught himself computer programming starting when he was about 12.

And I've been an Internet Ho for so long I can't even remember a time when I wasn't "on-line". Or who taught me anything about being "on-line" for that matter.

So two non-geeks with recessive geek genes produced two geeks.

I should be glad they didn't have two more kids. I probably would have ended up with a popular, fashion model, cheerleading sister and a hockey-jock brother. Law of averages and genetics and all that.

Anyway, going off to get ready for work.


My State of Mind: amusedamused
What the Voices in My Head Hear: ticka ticka typa typa ticka typa tick...
Tiffany: teh casey so wonderfulpiekid on August 24th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
LOL funny stuff. My parents are the same way sometimes.

Glad the colorbar worked! The damn email mangled the html the first time, as you noticed. *sigh*

BTW, friended you back! :)
seftiriseftiri on August 25th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
Great! I can always use new friends. :D Especially Limers! ;)

Danielle: Casey - Smilingdani_ellie on August 25th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
My mom is totally like that. She has JUST discovered email. Like, three months ago. And she's all, "Dude, this is cool!" And I'm all, "Yes, Mom, most of us have been doing this ten years or so."

Parents are odd. o_O
seftiri: Limerseftiri on August 25th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
Aren't they? But without them, where would we be? ;)
Shit: nakedshitashii on August 25th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
Ha! Your parentals sound exactly like my parents. However, my father has just recently become quite adept with his blackberry. My mother, on the other hand, just bought a Treo and can't remember how to use all of the features I taught her, including, but not limited to, making phone calls and writing memos. She has however retained the 'text messaging' skill I taught her and texts me at least 10 times a day.

And the geek gene? So recessive in my family. My sister is the complete opposite of me and my brother is pretty much the same but not as extreme. I've always been the dork of the family and they miss no opportunity to remind me. My fam had a lot of difficulty adjusting to my like-minded friends and didn't understand my propensity to spend hours on end on my computer or with my nose stuck in a book. Thankfully, I got my sister into SVU, but she draws the line after that.

Wow that comment was long.
seftiri: Hate Me?seftiri on August 25th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
OMG...I would stick a fondue fork in my eye before I would try to teach my mother how to TEXT MSG ME. You are one cool offspring to even have tried it!

Yeah...I sometimes wonder what the sister I hounded my parents for would have been like.

I have visions of pink phones and big hair.

Shit: cath and sarashitashii on August 25th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
Also, I love your new color bar.
seftiri: Limerseftiri on August 25th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
Cool, no? piekid rocks! :D