May 23, 2005

Happy Birthday Jaimie - Belatedly

I didn't forget you yesterday - How could I? I had trouble with my blog and then we were out all day. You know that Grandma and I love you very much, so you get a longer message than most. Sorry about the picture, but it is the latest one I have of you!
14 Years Old - LUV YA!

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May 14, 2005

MP3 or not to 3; That is the Question

As you will all know by now, I have recently celebrated a significant birthday, and was delighted to receive an MP3 player from my children. How nice it is to feel that one’s children are confident enough to think that you can cope with the wonders of modern science. I have written in the past about the problems we all have to suffer in the cause of advancement and the acceptance of new technology, so I now have a very compact unit to go with my talking pedometer. Perhaps the most pleasant aspect of trying to navigate our way into the wonders of the 21st century is that we can always ask our grandchildren to help when we are stuck and don’t know which button to press. This is the latter day equivalent of being helped across the road by a Boy Scout.

The main concern I have with this machine is the fact that it has stereophonic headphones. You do of course realise that this means an appendage stuck into each ear. So tell me, where do I put my Bluetooth Headset? Answers on a postcard please. I now have the task of “ripping off” (I understand this is the correct terminology) all my favourite CDs and loading them on to the MP3 player, which by the way, also incorporates a FM radio! Where will it all end? My future holidays will be enhanced by me being able to listen to nearly 10 hours of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, neatly interspersed with Gershwin and Copland. As I write this I am listening to a violin concerto and have realised that it may be that a 70-year-old brain has difficulty coping with this kind of multi-tasking. However, I have to admit that hearing a beautiful piece of music appearing to emanate from inside your head is preferable to the rubbish that is usually produced by that organ these days.

Another aspect that gives rise to concern today with the advent of all of these new products, is the drain on the resources of retired persons of our ilk. I refer to the cost of batteries, which is not inconsiderable. I find I have to provide for the renewal requirement of my blood sugar monitor (2xAA), my blood pressure monitor (2xAA), remote telephones (4xAAA) and EIGHT various remote controllers (2xAAA each!). This does not take into account the rechargeable batteries for my camera and mobile phone. I have not even tried to assess the annual cost of this source of power. I am hoping that I will survive to the day when my batteries can be recharged and I will only have to hold the various appliances in my hand for about ten minutes to fully recharge them. With all this electricity around me, I already feel that I walk about with a force field protecting me from evil invaders from cyberspace. Well, almost. I have been merrily typing away listening to the concerto, and had just reached the rousing crescendo of the final movement, when Nina arrived home from her art class, came into the room and touched me. I must have left my seat at a rocket-propelled rate and rose at least 30” into the air! You can’t hear anything else when you are attached to one of these MP3 things. I could have had a heart attack! Oh dear, don’t tell me that these products will soon have to carry a health warning too.

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May 10, 2005

Cometh the Day........

It had to happen! By glancing at the heading of this page you will realise that I have now reached my "Threescore year and ten", although reliably informed by a friend that it should be "Threescore year & THEN". I think I prefer that one.

Thank you everyone for your good wishes and cards, especially all my wonderful friends at the EFU3A. What a great bunch you all are.

Obviously at a time like this we all reminisce and think of our younger days, especially with the 60th anniversary of VE day held earlier this week. One funny incident occurred on Sunday when my granddaughter, Joёlle, decided to clear out some old clothes. She found a skirt that she wore when she was 3 and a tee shirt from a couple of years later. These paired with a pair of shorts and a hat from the same era were tried on! Yes; would you believe it they fitted her at the age of 15, and here are the pictures to prove it! how wonderful it is to have a fun family.

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May 09, 2005

Happy Birthday Nina

How I will always think of her

Today is the birthday of my darling wife, Nina. I found a card that said "I dropped a tear in the ocean, when they find it - I will stop loving you". How about that to express an eternal love. Call me sloppy if you like, but I am getting old! Well, I will be tomorrow!

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