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All a-Twitter

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Four months into retirement Basil has discovered a whole new technological landscape, and I’m paying for it.

Now that he has time on his hands (wasn’t this supposed to be temporary retirement???), he’s figured a few things out.

For example, I no longer have to stand over him and point to where he needs to move the cursor to complete tasks on Facebook.

Apparently that was the tipping point, because now I’m summoned from my desk at various times of day to view a YouTube video or look at photos on a news website or read some article he’s found.

The mailman is delivering packages purchased on Groupon.com, and I’m a little worried he may be creating a new obsession, like that of a longtime friend and former coworker who coped with insomnia by purchasing infomercial goods.

Just this past week, he discovered Pandora, and sat across from me for at least an hour yelling over the music flowing through his headphones about how great it is. Later, he gleefully reported playing it through the speakers in the car while running errands.

Great. Just great.

Surely, I need to assign more errands.

But his biggest tech accomplishments may be that he has created a Twitter account.

After months of watching me maintain my personal account, @TerriVanech, he decided he had to have one, too. You can find him at @admhalsey.

At the moment I am his only follower. He has not Tweeted because he cannot figure out how.

Just yesterday, as I sat typing a slew of emails for work, he stood over me and asked, “How do I Twitter?”

Folks, I’m throwing myself on your mercy. Months ago, many of you offered to take him off my hands for an afternoon. Few of you followed through.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. I have a sign-up sheet available. You can borrow him, library book style, by the hour or the day. Message me to reserve your spot.

Or, at the very least, for the love of God, Tweet to him.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


12 thoughts on “All a-Twitter

  1. I am probably o;d fashioned but I just don’t get the whole twitter experience, maybe its because I have nothing to tweet about πŸ™‚

    Posted by xbox2121 | September 17, 2013, 4:27 am
  2. Hi Terri, just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! The details are over at my blog, http://muddleheadedmamma.blogspot.com.au

    Posted by Lizzy Allan | September 15, 2013, 7:20 pm
  3. Of course I’m following and sending a Tweet, lolol

    Thanks for linking to Super Sunday Sync. πŸ™‚

    Posted by Rosey | September 15, 2013, 5:15 pm
  4. I’m sure Bill could have written a post similar to yours several years ago. All he heard was “Sweetie, how do I …. on the computer?” Basil will soon stop extolling the virtues of Pandora, or twiting (if he figures out how), and you can relax. (I refuse to twit; I spend enough time online!)

    I have noticed Basil commenting on Facebook, and was quite impressed — and you can tell him that. We’ll really have to work on getting together, and maybe I can find a project that Basil needs to help me with.

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | September 15, 2013, 5:11 pm
  5. I love your sense of humor…I can relate to this with my mom and her new iPhone…I’m just glad my sister is the one with an iPhone and not me so she takes the brunt of it πŸ™‚

    Stopping by from the Super Sunday Sync, Dawn from http://www.ithinkwecouldbefriends.com/welcome/

    Posted by Dawn | September 15, 2013, 8:43 am
  6. This is adorable! I feel your pain:) I have not joined the Twitter world as of yet but if I succumb, I will be certain to Tweet him!

    Posted by Lynn | September 14, 2013, 7:48 am

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