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‘Internets’ save the day

By Gerre Joiner | Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I’m never without my cell phone. I’ve lately come to depend on my iPad for visits to the hospital and other places where I know there’s a wi-fi connection.

Every other day the coffee shop guys rib me about spending so much time with the phone or the iPad. Every other day, they ask me to look something up.

It’s getting more common to see us old gray-headed geezers sitting at the coffee table, each man with a phone in his hand, swapping recommendations about apps, looking up the weather, sharing tips on how to “run the thing,” and showing pictures of grandchildren and puppies.

We used “The Internets” when:

  • we researched how easily one can apply for and receive government benefits of one type or another. The Democrats were gone when we discussed this one.
  • we wanted to see a video of how a fresno operated. This was a very popular, team-operated implement used to move dirt. We saw the video.
  • we researched George Jones and discovered that he stopped loving her several days ago.
  • we wondered if Denton was still among the fastest-growing cities in our country.
  • we viewed a Honda natural gas pump, designed to operate an automobile on plain old natural gas. Who’d have thought!
  • we researched the procedure(s) for turning a diesel engine into one that could operate on natural gas.
  • someone tried to stump the bunch with this question: “What is a vara?” We looked it up.
  • we mused, “How long is a chain?”
  • we pondered how many miles were in a 3K race.
  • we talked about the orphan trains of the Great Depression era. If you don’t know about this topic, you must look it up.

I can say without question that my world is bigger and better because of these toys. I know less about this technology than many of my friends, but it’s a joy to help one of my old friends learn how to send a text message or find out (by himself with his own phone) what the Orphan Train was.

Let me know if I can help. It’ll cost you a cup of coffee.

Veteran coffee drinker and storyteller Gerre Joiner is a semi-retired church musician who has lived in Decatur since 1999.

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