Last Updated on: February 21st, 2016
Most of you know me as a serious writer. Today I’m having a bit of fun. Come join me for a laugh or two, and then go get your job done.
The other day, my mother and I had a discussion about her tablet. She is addicted to it! Seriously. It’s now come to the point where I refer to things as LBT.
No, this does not mean I’m trying to talk about a BLT in a dyslexic manner. Nor am I referring to Bi-Lesbian-Transgendered people.
Nope, LBT is known around here as Life Before Tablet. (Can any of you relate?)
In my case, I think I’d have to say LBL is more apt. Life Before Laptop. Soon this will be something I simply cannot recall. Life was so much simpler, then. . . now I’m editing posts on Dear Blogger that have to do with code, of all things! CODE! Can you believe it? (Yikes is right!) We all know how non-techie I am. . .
But I digress.
Over at the parents’ house, in LBT, my mom used to work on puzzle books to keep her mind razor-sharp.
In LBL, I used to read novels galore. Now my time is spent consuming blog post after blog post (after blog post) and ignoring my latest Lisa Jackson purchase. It’s funny how technology changes us. I’m not so sure I like it.
Yes, I’m kidding – to a certain extent. It seems like technology is addictive. I know that I’ve grown to love blogging, but isn’t is harmful to be spending so much time in front of a laptop?
And what about tablets? Ma loves hers. How safe is it for her eyes? You can see from the picture how well-used it is; it’s literally covered with finger- and thumb-prints! (She was really addicted to some bubble game. . . and now she miraculously knows how to download episodes of Murdoch Mysteries. I don’t even know how to do that. I’m not a touchy-feely type when it comes to technology, although I have to admit that my sister gave me her old Kobo reader and I’m really enjoying the light weight of it compared to the brick-like feel of a thick novel.)
“You have to learn to embrace technology,” my sister says.
“Uh-uh.” I pout like a five-year-old, as, in all my stubborn glory, I shake my head vehemently.
“You don’t know what you’re missing.”
“Don’t care. Don’t wanna know.” I stomp my foot to make a point, and see the whites of her eyes as she rolls them heavenwards.
Yes, this was me a couple of years ago. Seriously. Well, pretty close, anyway. Today, I’ve done a one-eighty. I’m reading it up on my Kobo, blogging all over the place, and laughing at my mom who can’t remember LBT.
And yet, she gets so amazed at my nearly two-year-old niece, Sammi, too, when Sam grabs her tablet and says “Buppy” in her innocent little voice. (Buppy is Sam’s version of Bubble Guppies, her favorite show in the world!)
Buppy. LBT. LBL.
Gosh, no wonder texting is so popular. We’ve become a lazy society. We’re content to sit with our devices and play, waste time, or (in my exclusive case) learn. At least I’m doing something productive! (Shh. I’m rationalizing. Leave me alone.)
Maybe in your case, it’s LBC. Life Before Computer.
Whatever your acronym is, do you remember what your life was like before? I’m curious to know if any of you have these issues. Surely I am not the only one who has embraced technology with semi-open arms, am I?
Tell me your stories in the comments. I’m going to adjust the settings so that they’ll show up right away, without my approval. And feel free to respond to one another’s comments. If you dare.
Yes, I’m trying an experiment before I take the plunge and move my blog. Which, if all goes well, should be happening within a couple of weeks. *Fingers crossed*
Then I’ll have to remember what life was like BIGMS. Before I got my site. Not before I wrote a big manuscript. Although you may want to share your stories about those days, too. 😉
And thanks to all of the wonderful people have shared their knowledge (or at least were willing to help) the other day when I pled for information. (I am still a bit unsure about questions #1 and #2 if you feel like taking a peek and maybe offering up an answer.)
Now, I think maybe I’ll go have a BLT while I try to remember more of my LBL before I forget completely.
And I’m off to edit something Greg’s got up his sleeve about code. Coding images, to be exact. Should be educational, at the very least!
And I used his latest productivity tip to get this post done.
Do you remember your LBC? Your LBL? Your LBT? Don’t forget to share your stories!
See you soon. 🙂