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Technology & Me

12/15/2011

Technology and Me

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For me, becoming comfortable with the computer has been like learning to swim which, even at
my advanced age, I do not do well! Year after year, Ive held onto the proverbial side of the pool
or floated on my back, but for the most part, it was a challenge to actually swim!  How I envied those
people for whom swimming comes naturally as they glide effortlessly through the shimmering (albeit
toxic) pool water! Granted, there were times when I did let go of my fears, and successfully thrashed
my way to the deep end and back, but I would always swim in the lane next to the side of the pool just in case!

Why have I been such a slow learner when it comes to technology? One would think I might have
inherited some tendency toward it from my father, who loved technology! In 1961, we were stationed
in California Daddy was a career Navy man when he brought home an aluminum Christmas Tree!
My Dad (and we three girls) were so excited as he unpacked each cardboard-sheathed stem to expose
a sparkling silver flowerette with endless fringe. After carefully placing each stem all 43 of them, as
they werent exactly what one would call full trees in those days into its prescribed slanted hole in
the base of the tree and plugging in the motor that turned the tree and then plugging in the four-color
(green, red, gold and blue) color wheel, we all stood back and admired our new modern convenience.
Gosh, you didnt even need to add ornaments because the tree itself was one giant ornament!  Voil
The Jetsons celebrate Christmas!

That was so like my Dad always diving with abandon into the newest electric gadget or transistor-
driven toy, like a ten-year old kid skinny-dipping in a pond! So, whats wrong with me? I am totally
intimidated with technology and as soon as I see an unfamiliar word or phrase on my
computer I mentally shut down and start looking for the nearest Knoxville middle school student for a translation!

So, I guess, this is my New Years resolution: to just let go and start thrashing in the technology pool
especially the social media end and hope that I dont drown!

There's No Place Like Home

12/13/2011

Home is a place to call your own. It's a place to raise your family and share with your friends. It's a place to create memories. A home is a place to feel safe and secure.

Inspect all of your decorations and electrical lighting before using them. While you're enjoying the holidays this year, it's important to pay attention to some of the things that may affect your safety.

  • Extension cords should not be placed under the carpet or rugs or bundled together which could cause overheating.
  • Limit three standard size sets of lights to a single extension cord.
  • Consider using portable or permanent ground fault circuit interrupters with all lighting to avoid possible shocks.
  • Turn off holiday lights when you leave the home or got to bed.
  • Avoid using candles near trees or wreaths.
  • Do not allow natural trees to dry out during the time they're displayed to potential fire hazard.
  • Make certain that all trees are on a firm, steady base to avoid tipping over.
  • Don't burn wrapping paper in fireplaces.
  • Small children are particularly susceptible to accidents and should be protected from potential harm.
Here's hoping your time at home is special during this holiday season. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
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