Confessions of Old Dog

I interviewed for a Gratitude Blog on WordPress but they assigned me to the Whinyland department. Even so, I am grateful every day I awake up alive, including last Monday at 12:36 am when I scribbled the words Ding Dang Dung in my bedside notebook. Apparently this quirky conjugation of unrelated words was hysterical in my dream. But I could not mold them into an amusing “ringy-dingy ring, rang, rung, sting, stang, stanged” post about the absurdity of the English language. Instead I will whine about what I have lost in the Age of Technology.

I miss walking into any drug store or grocery store to get my annual flu shot. Thanks Covid-19 for creating a reservation system. On Ding Dang Dung Monday, my wife labored on the computer reserving flu shots for that very day. Oops, the Confirmations say Monday, November 7th. I miss seeing doctors in person; the only one I want to visit on Zoom is my dentist.

I miss barber shop comradery. Now I need reservations on an app that notifies customers when to arrive. That is not convenient for a technology idiot like me. Luckily, I like long hair. Except in my soup.

I miss the airport where you could go out to dinner after Homecoming. Last weekend at the same facility, I was caught in massive gridlock because automated pay stations were down. I miss free parking or plugging a few coins in a meter.

I miss the aesthetics of old fashioned bookstores despite the efficiency of ordering books online. I used to surreptitiously plant my novel in the stores. Smuggling copies into Amazon Corporate Headquarters takes the fun out of that game. But I want my permanent electronic record to reflect that I am grateful about living to see the Future.

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73 thoughts on “Confessions of Old Dog

  1. could not agree more. soon i may need an appointment to walk in the woods, but as i am at your skill level with tech, i may have to sneak in at night and that’s not ideal, as i also have bad night vision.

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      1. Reservations are everywhere now. I cannot take ferries spontaneously or find a parking spot at the airport without one. Logically, this puts order and convenience in the world. But to me, it feels like such an erosion of freedom of movement, even if that freedom was an illusion.

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  2. There are many things that were simpler before the techaliens took over. But being grateful is one thing that should never change. The closer the digital world brings us, the further apart we grow in the physical world. Must be some weird equation…

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  3. I, too, am grateful that I wake up alive, but I am more grateful that someday I will WAKE UP ALIVE in my Father’s Home. That won’t be a bad day for me, but maybe for people to whom I owe money. 😁
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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  4. My problem with bookstores is that I always see other stuff and wind up in a totally different place and nothing in the armload of stuff I bring home is the book my wife sent me for. Come to think of it that happens at the grocery store, too.

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  5. That was for Herb but I’m a WP retard, so… All of your ding dang dung things, the Professor showed one the other day with all the desert/dessert/desert etc junk. However, you reminded me of a t-shirt/poster from long ago that starred (as in appearing, not as in affixing a star) a picture of a mouse with = mousey. + A picture of Chairman mao = Tung. A picture of a small turd = Mousey Dung. Chicken in a car, car won’t go? What city are we in? Chica(r)go! Last but not least, humans weren’t made to tap glass to communicate. Pharmacists in Texas take walkins for flu shots, will even give you a Flu in one arm and a Covid in the other. The cocktail for pneumonia, shingles, covid and flu, as an elixir, is still under advisement.

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    1. The pharmacist is always poised to give me multiple injections at the same time. Although people with way more medical knowledge than me say it is safe, I have a firm intuitive belief that getting a flu shot and a Covid vaccination at the same time is not a good idea for my particular body.

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  6. I’ve been meaning to write to you about the Mariners – how exciting! It’s looking dire right now; maybe the players need to read your book. I was hoping for Seattle-Philly World Series, or Cleveland-Philly. Maybe the ding-dang-dung was a precursor to the end of the mariners season…

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      1. too bad about Seattle.

        Philly sports are firing on all cylinders right now, and I think the Phillies now have a decent shot at making the World Series.

        I’m also rooting for Cleveland over the Yanks…

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  7. Where I live, the Covid bus comes to you, but I’m in a remote rural area. It will be here in a month or so, parked two blocks away. Your mention of the airports of olden days — yeah, it was a big deal to have your birthday at the airport where you got a cupcake with a sparkler in it and a Shirley Temple while you watched the DC-6es land and take off.

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  8. My long-time barber retired. I had to find a replacement, and was looking for another place to not just get a haircut but bond with. My new hair-stylist…The Grumpy Barber. (no, I am not making that up) I do use an app to schedule my appointment, but we talk sports the whole time and it’s a good time. I lucked out. I don’t like hair in my soup either, so we do have that in common.

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    1. I remember, years ago, as a young(er) girl, going to my regular hairdresser. My parents dropped me off, and when I set off to pay, I realized I forgot my purse in their car. My regular hairdresser not only told me to pay “next time”, but also lent me money to get back home… I kind of miss that feel…

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  9. Yeah, I miss the days of taking ‘shrooms under the stars of Lake Powell and scribbling my “brilliant” thoughts in the sand, next to my sleeping bag, so I would remember them in the morning. Their brilliance faded under the morning sun, unfortunately. Oh, but this post wasn’t really about that, was it.

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  10. I knew I was in trouble when I had a ZOOM appointment with my doctor during COVID, and he asked me if I could show him where the pain in my back was. Have you seriously tried holding a laptop behind your butt with one hand while trying to point to the spot with the other?

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  11. I strolled along to the Pavillion theatre in town with two simple aims. You used to be able to saunter into the foyer, in all its red velvet gorgeousness, browse the what’s on leaflets and collect those that appealed. You could also go to the box office window and talk to a human being and buy paper tickets that would be passed under the window to you. The whole building was locked up and when I got home and looked up their website it was equally unfriendly with little clue as to what was on or how to get tickets, only exhortations to avoid contact with their staff.

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  12. Sadly, I have to order most of my books online. Because A) I can’t get the English books I want here and B) I also can’t get my Austrian authors here. But throw me into WH Smith or Waterstones and I could spend hours in there. Coming back with bags of books from my “to buy” list – just to have to pay the overweight charge for my suitcase full of books on my return. I love bookstores. And I love books. Plain and simple. I totally agree with you that some things from “back then” are just missed.

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      1. definitely – tho have to admit that for as much as I love them, I also enjoyed since late 90s that amazon offered books I ordinarily couldn’t find via other methods… (much as I have love/hate with amazon)

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  13. I hear you Geoff! I personally think online appointment system especially to meet Dr is no meaning. I’d never get to complete app without seeing receptionist (sometimes they need to give me wrist band) and see Dr on time😭

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  14. It’s not too bad getting in to see a doctor here BUT they always send you for lab tests and getting in there is a technical nightmare. We can get into Wendy’s without an online reservation but since I can’t figure out their high tech drink machine, it is kind of pointless. 😧

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  15. There’s a line in the Movie Under the Tuscan Sun that leapt to my mind when the reading of your 3 D’s. Should you like, perhaps you will Seek & Find it in your own viewing of this quaint movie…no reservation needed. 😉

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  16. Thank goodness local restaurants will still pick up the phone to handle a take-out order after I have fouled up the process through their online app. And now that you mention it, I cannot decide which is worse – a long hair in your soup or soup in your long hair. I wonder if that is where the expression “chowderhead” comes from.

    Also, I started collecting those cast iron things that keep big stuff from going into the storm sewers. But they are so big and heavy that I don’t have room for any more of them. You could say that I’m grateful (for being grate full).

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