If you saw my closet talk …..
…. you will understand how I feel about technology. It is hard to believe that when I first came to Canada in 1995 having an email address was a rare thing. Now everybody has one. In fact, many people have two or three. One for family, one for business, and one for competitions. You know how you have to enter your email and don’t want to be hounded by marketing but you make up an email so you can enter your name and maybe have a chance of winning. Yep. We have all been there.
Now we have Google or Alexa sitting in our kitchens listening to everything we say. We have cameras at the front door – sometimes at the back fence too. One interesting thing is the amount of wildlife that has been spotted in the suburbs. You would never know that bobcats, coyotes and other creatures regularly stroll around our neighbourhoods in such numbers.
Technology has made travel easier … and more challenging in some ways. In the old fashioned days, I just took my travel wallet with a printout of my ticket and my passport ….. now I have a whole folder full of vaccination certificates, attestation forms, e-tickets (which seems a contradiction in terms), negative covid test results, all of which I am told that I could happily display digitally if I wanted to. I just don’t have that much faith in the digital world and always like to keep a backup hard copy.
But technology has not helped much over the pandemic either. There has been SO much that technology could not do and people could but it has meant being on hold FOREVER. So as the airlines and the tour operators hire back all the laid-off staff we realise that people are always going to be more important than technology.
Not that I want to go back to the days of the telex!
OK, who knows what I am talking about? Don’t be afraid. It will just show that you have been around a while!! From the telex, we went to the fax machine. Oh wow – now there’s progress for you. And of course, we patiently waited for the reply to the telex, or the fax or the good old-fashioned letter that was sent out. Now if you send an email and don’t get a reply within the hour …… well! Don’t get me started.