This is my lot in life. I own a computer, a laptop, and a “smart” phone. I have spent several decades building a tenuous relationship with my computers, but occasionally yearn to return to a simpler time and type in a few DOS commands (children ask your parents).
My telephone is a popular brand which has a partially eaten fruit as its logo, and currently, I am on my third one of the same brand. The reason for my apparent brand loyalty is simple…each new version operates exactly the same as the previous. No learning curve! My Lovely Bride has her own “smart” phone from a competing brand, and she is quick to point out its superiority over my allegedly old-fashioned one. Her bragging sessions usually end with some discussion of the inability of old dogs to learn new tricks.
At any rate, my fruit-flavored phone does what I ask of it, and it functions pretty reliably no matter where we travel. One of the newer (for me) uses, is the phone’s map function which allows me to plan trips around Texas and other states, even telling me when and where to turn. Please understand…I have wandered back and forth across Texas since I first got my driver’s license at age 14 with nothing more than a paper map from my uncle’s ENCO station. Aside from locating a specific street address in one of the larger cities in Texas, the map was rarely dug out of the overstuffed glove box. After all, it was Texas...how lost could I get?
My wife doesn’t understand my new-found affection for my map/navigation program, which I’ve named MayBelle. She is constantly asking why I persist in turning on the map feature to go places I already know how to find, especially since I invariably ignore Maybelle‘s directions and tend to get into arguments with her (MayBelle - not my wife.) The explanation that I don’t want to go the way MayBelle wants to go somehow doesn’t satisfy her.
If MayBelle is able to keep up this level of performance, I may have to rethink how I utilize her after we get home. Maybe I should start trusting her to get me to San Antone or College Station without second guessing her.