In The Dust
This new technology has literally left me in the dust. I knew this before, but I was not aware of the full extent of this relentless march. I knew technology had invaded the world of communications big time. I also was aware of how much technology had improved our lives in the field of labour, travel, trade. food production and distribution and just our lifestyles in general.
However, I was totally taken off guard last week when I was asked to "help at a Bingo". Because it was volunteering for the CNIB, I readily agreed, assuming I would be assisting some blind patrons dab numbers on a paper cards, or at worse, call out numbers or sell them the paper cards. When I was asked if I had ever played bingo before, I was almost insulted. I was no dummy! "Of course. I had!" I saw no need to inform them that it was forty years ago, back in our little village of Ethelbert. I had supported those fundraisers then both by playing and working at the Bingos.
The coordinators took my confident affirmation to mean I was knowledgeable about modern fundraising Bingos but I felt brashly self righteous that I would even have to answer such a silly question.
However I was in for a major revelation and a huge dose of updated education about the modern world! Technology has now invaded bingos! They are big business and have really gone hi-tech. You have to be a rocket scientist to play bingo these days. It is no longer a "Dab the number" game. They even have electronic tablets that help you to keep score!
No! I would not have a clue how to play Bingo now. It far too technical for me and one more time I have been proven to be just a simple "old ignoramus"!
Oh well, I never did like sitting there waiting for somebody to call a number so I could dab it with a color dabber. That is one bit of education I can live without!