Friday, 28 March 2008
Many assume that I am techie because I have a blog... But mostly because I am Mrs. Gadget-daddy.
It's the same how others think I must play some musical instrument because Gadget-daddy is pretty musically inclined and can pick up playing an instrument quite well and quite fast. Well, in my schooling days there was a few good friends of mine, but one in particular, who would sit with me and teach me how to play a few songs on the piano with chords. We used the old piano in the school's chapel. She was a very good teacher and I soon could play some songs on my own, reading the chords off the song books. Still, just slow songs as my fingers were rather stiff.
Getting back on the techie bit...
I attended some computer classes in school (Lynn was my partner for one of the terms, I remember), and my dad brought back this old second hand thing for us to mess around with, but mostly for my brothers to play some games on it... (what was that?.. 'Moon- something' ...and ...er...SMSed my brother in Penang and I got it: Moon Patrol and Taipan.)
Then for the next 7 years my life had nothing to do with a computer of any sort. Not one that I operated anyway, if you don't include the microwave oven.
When I went into University, I suddenly found myself in a fix. I have no computer and I don't know how to work one and I can't type properly on a typewriter for the life of me, and assignments were coming in like tidal waves and I was about to get sunk. So I had to get help -
Gadget-daddy to the rescue!
At that time were were just very good friends. We had always hung out with a bunch of close-knit friends and never thought of anything beyond good friendships. So came was those late night with my clacking on the key-board, me really like the chicken pecking away one key at a time, and he trying to let me do my work. Alas my pathetic composure with his user-friendly machine got the better of him. It must have been nerve-wrecking for him to see his wonderful machine not performing as she should under my fingertips. He sat with me many nights typing my assignments while I dictated them. Then I'd point out what I wanted underlined, highlighted, in bold, in italics. Yeah, so SO pathetic.
Well, after two semesters of such stressful sleepless nights, you'd think my good friend had had enough and would pretend to be busy and run away from me...but surprise surprise (or not), we fell in love instead.
That was it. Courted and engaged for 8 years (wedding put off a couple of times for one reason or another) and now, come this June it'll be our 7th anniversary.
Thanks to this user-friendly cute little computer (u-fclc), ...
... used by the most non-computer friendly user.
That's our techie-non-techie love story.
The following year, Gadget-daddy went away for 6 weeks to the interior of Sabah and I had to babysit the u-fclc. That was when I took the courage to explore manipulating text and also improved my typing skill.
The when he left for UK to finish his studies, he got me registered on icq and we chatted online every night and morning for 9 months. Again, I was incidentally cool and high-tech. Lol.
Then he did a one year stint in US and we were again on e-mails, skype and by this time, he could afford to call on the phone too.
So here we are now, with 2 pretty techie boys who love to watch Youtube everyday.
Demands for trains, race cars, chicken little, gummy bears, more cars, more trains, train cashes, funny sleepy animals, Thomas and Friends, so many. I have now put Micah on a Youtube ration: only allowed to watch Youtube once a day, and that is with my supervision and until I am tired or bored of it.
But technology is really their future. I am sure they'll be showing me more stuff that I can do through the internet and with a computer than I could ever imagine...when they are like 10 years old.
p/s - This post came about because Gadget-daddy finally helped me pull out an old photo to update my photo on the blog. Even he had a hard time trying to locate and import this photo I specifically wanted ...but then of course it was at 2am when we were fiddling with this thing.