It’s true. I love technology, and I own quite a few gadgets. I’m totally dependent upon them, regardless of the fact that they seem to break the minute I touch them.
It started with watches when I was just a girl. Most people say that their watches last for years. I can buy a nice watch from a reliable maker, put it on, and practically watch the hands slow down and stop working. This has happened with dozens and dozens of watches over the years, and it’s not as if I’m hard on them. I treat them gently and take very good care of my stuff. That doesn’t change the fact that I go through new watch batteries every 1-3 months, that is until the watch stops responding to any battery at all and simply dies for good. My Aunt’s theory is that I generate some mild electrical field in my aura or something weird that interferes with the gadgets around me. The same thing happens to her.
My iPod freezes frequently, though that may be an Apple thing. The various cell phones I’ve owned have also been known to go on the fritz in unexplainable ways, no matter the type of phone or the service provider. Even my computers tend to jump around and do unpredictable things — like suddenly freeze, close programs I’m in the middle of using, or start typing letters that are not the ones I’m hitting. My husband owns the same model of laptop purchased at the same time, yet does not experience these problems.
The latest in my string of electronic gadget casualties is my Palm Pilot, and no amount of resetting it will make it respond correctly. For years, my husband has jokingly referred to my Palm Pilot as “my brain” because I keep everything in there — my address book, our family activities and calendar events, my ever-crucial To Do list that I simply can not function without, and my notes and memos about travel information, gift ideas for family members, etc. My husband’s assessment is not far off. By losing access to my Palm Pilot, I have absolutely lost my mind!