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June 19, 2013


I was reading about the new Google Glass that can be an app you attach to your glasses — like having your own personal computer through the looking glass. Might be handy, I don’t know. Or maybe it’s just one more distraction to remove us from real life.

We were sitting at local restaurant the other day watching an older couple with I assume their daughter having lunch. The daughter was using her smart phone the whole lunch. Very little talking was being done. My friend and I were like, are you kidding me? Even while eating, the woman kept texting, playing games or whatever.

Similar situations abound everywhere. We keep removing ourselves from face-to-face, actually talking to each other contact.

In the olden days, I wouldn’t for the life of me call someone to relate an observance or tidbit of gossip. Those morsels were saved for when we did meet in person, at lunch, in a shop or an evening of visiting.

Now, some of us are tempted to share every “interesting” thought to our friends or family via tweets, email or whatever else new is out there.

OK, so I did buy a smart phone, and when our group gets together, they teach me one more thing I can do with it. Just recently, it was the light app. I didn’t know it could be a flashlight. I like to think mainly that I purchased it rather than a new camera because it does take very good photos and videos. And with a new grandson, you can’t have too many of those. Hey, and I can make a phone call on it, too.

The down side is, that it is one more beep in my house I didn’t need. I know that it can be fixed, but I haven’t progressed that far. It beeps and sometimes I can’t find out why. I check messages and emails and see nothing new. I do have to remove one of those. I don’t have to know at 6 a.m. that my newspaper is ready to read online. I still like to pick up my Courier out of the mailbox, thank you very much.

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