It seems to me that most people can be classified as either a “Starter” or a “Finisher”. By this I mean that people tend to either be more comfortable starting new things or finishing them. Or maybe it’s just that I am a Finisher married to a Starter.
I like to finish things! Most nights I stay up late trying to finish something, while my husband often wakes up early to start something. If you ask me, he may start a few too many things; more than he can finish. And if you ask him, he’d probably say that I am reluctant to start things or don’t know when to “let it go”. He’s probably right. But I say, why start something new when there are so many things left to finish? The good news is that we balance each other out.
In addition to being a Finisher, I’m literally one of the most directionally challenged people I know. (And I don’t mean that "new" definition of literally, which means figuratively. That’s literally the craziest thing I’ve ever heard ;) Most who know me compensate for my navigational shortcomings which only means that my ability to find my way around keeps getting worse and worse. To keep things interesting, I have a false sense of confidence regarding my sense of direction. It's really weird. Thank goodness for GPS technology.
My biggest gripe about my GPS was, until recently, the fact that it was so slow. So, so slow. My family helped me realize that the GPS was slow because my phone was old. So I took the bold move to buy a new smart phone; a big step for a Finisher because it still worked. To provide a perspective on the slowness of my GPS, I found the AT&T store by driving around town. The GPS didn’t locate the store until I was pulling into a parking space. So I guess I really was ready for a new phone.
I bought a Samsung Galaxy on Amazon and have been getting it all set up. I like it, and boy is it fast. The functionality that was on my old phone is now on the new phone, and I even added a few new things. Maybe you’ll find some of them interesting, and maybe some of them will help you avoid some Tech Frustrations.
That’s what I’ve finished this week. (And in the meantime, my husband has started about eight new projects ;)
My friend, Sarah, just dropped her youngest child, and only daughter, off at college for the first time. Maybe you remember that feeling; you want to encourage independence, you want to make sure that your daughter knows you're always available for her ... you'll always love her.
Sarah's daughter, "Elle", on the other hand, doesn't appear to be at all traumatized by the experience. In fact, Elle has made it very clear that she has no interest in talking with her mother via phone right now. Communication between the two, at least for the time being, is strictly limited to texting. That is permitted, and, thankfully, it works. Most of the time.
Sarah, always striving to be a loving and supportive mother, and in keeping with the imposed communication constraint, shot off a quick text to her daughter letting her know how much she loved and missed her. Unfortunately, Sarah's Android "smart" phone, which Sarah now realizes doesn't have an IQ equivalent to her own, changed Sarah's intended message of "I love and miss you so much" to "I love and miss Tom so much". You probably won't be surprised to read that Sarah didn't catch the error until after she hit the "Send" icon.
The correction message was sent, of course, but Sarah fears that deep down in her daughter's heart, she'll always wonder if her mother actually loves and misses "Tom", whoever that may be, a little bit more than her. Texting 101: Lesson Learned.