• CJ...My wife found a site where she could download books onto the computer and read'em. She has read about four (I think) but she says it's nowhere near as satisfying as actually haveing a book in hand. It probably wouldn't be a good idea to read a book on a computer the way I like to read best. I like to climb into the whirlpool tub with water as hot as I can stand and read for an hour or two. I have been known to fall asleep and drop the book. Not a good thing with a computer.

    June 15, 2010 at 11:42 a.m.

  • Thanks CJ,you got that right.

    June 15, 2010 at 10:19 a.m.

  • Great blog. I tell you what, even with all the fancy gadgets and gizmos that we have available to us these days there is nothing like curling up with a good book. And I mean a book with actual pages.

    June 15, 2010 at 10:10 a.m.

  • Thanks for the kind words,arlewil, if only I had your recall.
    I bet you know the history of the big homes along the river.

    My emergency calls amount to calling my wife because I locked my keys in the car or asking " what was it that you asked me to pick up after my appointment."

    Have a nice one and stay off the logs..:-)

    June 15, 2010 at 9:43 a.m.

  • I have been dragged kicking and screaming into the last half of the 20th century. I do have a cell phone, but all I ever do with it is ... you know, talk on the phone. I had the provider disable the text function because I kept getting annoying commercials on it.

    Oops, I forgot there is one other thing I do with the cell phone. I never replaced the battery in my wristwatch so I also use the phone to check the time. Wheeee! Multi-tasking!

    June 14, 2010 at 9:38 p.m.

  • Mike
    I really enjoyed this blog and you have a talent for this sort of material where you are the expert. As another old guy I can relate to a lot of what you said. I retired eleven years ago and got rid of all the gadgets except a pc and recently my wife insisted I have a cell phone in the event I get snake bit or something out in the pasture. I used it yesterday for the first time when I high centered my little tractor on a log.
    Good blog and keep it up.

    June 14, 2010 at 9:17 p.m.

  • Thanks John, and while we're on topic, I agree with your analysis, I should give Android a look when my contract runs out..... There I go again; talking about my next gadget .... You're a bad influence, John..:-)

    June 14, 2010 at 3:16 p.m.

  • Interesting, and as always, a joy to read.

    June 14, 2010 at 2:50 p.m.

  • Touche'

    June 14, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.

  • I think you did! winner winner chicken diner :)

    June 14, 2010 at 2:04 p.m.

  • Thank you Hictoria,You keep telling me that ;Perhaps one day I will take the hint :-)

    Have a nice day

    June 14, 2010 at 1:42 p.m.

  • Good article Mike!! I especially like there part int in where there are no politics!

    June 14, 2010 at 1:39 p.m.

  • Thank you,Jared.
    I'm still looking for a "car finder" app for my Blackberry..:-)

    June 14, 2010 at 1:37 p.m.

  • In a recent TED Talk, Sir Robinson (I think) made a comment about his daughter's non-use of a wrist watch. Turns out her generation doesn't wear watches as much because they are singular function gadgets! Now your phone is a message sender, research, communication, video, camera, and game playing device.

    Keep up the good work Mike.

    June 14, 2010 at 1:31 p.m.

  • Yes,KyleC, that delete button comes in handy sometimes:-)

    Although I've contemplated using graphics and YouTube vids; I've managed to keep the blogs down to a plain Jane, 8 1/2 by 11 format because it's already too time consuming .

    You're absolutely right, it does make my life easier but for you youngsters, it's an absolute must.

    Thanks for the comments.

    June 14, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.

  • Well Mike, surely you're forgetting how much use you get out of the technology you use to compose and publish your blog? ;-)

    Just imagine how complicated it would be to write your blog in the "old fashioned" way by writing an initial letter, then receiving several letters back to you in the form of comments, then having to retort to the comments, throw a few of them in the trash and repeat this once or twice a week!

    June 14, 2010 at 12:09 p.m.