Ten years ago, if you’d told me I’d wind up being a laptop junkie, I would’ve insisted you were nuts. I resisted it as long as I could. I was literally an outcast at social gatherings where the Mac and the PC people faced off over drinks and crudites. They were speaking a different language as far as I was concerned, and I was an alien. Finally, my younger sister took pity on me and gave me one of her cast-offs, a little gray Presario that slid nicely into my briefcase. I started with Solitaire just to get used to the touch pad. Trial and error, and a few free library classes later, I was off and running, never to look back.
Today, I’m on my fifth laptop. I travel for business, so portability is a must. With all the features available on notebooks today, I don’t know why anyone would devote office space to anything bigger, but to each his own. Recently, a computer virus had me down for a whole week. Lucky for me, my tech man is patient. He understands my temperament–basically, I freak out. Luckily, he doesn’t take it personal. I headed off for Australia with my laptop in his capable hands. I felt like one of my limbs was missing.
Thanks to my laptop, I never have to mess with the phone book. I stream movies, preview newspaper ads, and get directions. I post my business ads online, and even shop for insurance information. Recently, I adopted a wireless mouse. Now, I wonder what I did without it. Alas, another addiction!
When my senior friends balk at learning to use the computer, I tell them, “Nothing shows your true age more than refusing to learn something new.” Technology is a wonderful tool, and once you embrace it, it can enrich every aspect of your life!