Are you ready for 2020?

Linda Hoffman Two Cents Worth

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I like to get all my Old Year angst out before the New Year so I have a clear and uncluttered perspective into the next 12 months. So here is the last of my 2019 venting.

I am all for spontaneity. Call me with an idea and I am in. Do what? Let’s go. Go where? I’ll drive. Sounds perfect, I will pick you up. Should be fun, just give me half hour to put on clothes and eyebrows. I am always ready for an adventure.

My adventures, these days, are not nearly as extreme as in past years because some of us have slowed down a bit. These days we are more conscious of broken bones and where to find a bathroom.

In my normal, everyday, less daring life, I like things to be as they should be; to stay the way they are, be what I am used to. I wish stores and manufacturers would stop changing things up, updating or upgrading for no reason other than to entice us to buy more.

There is nothing more annoying than going for groceries or to pick up something at a hardware or department store and everything has been relocated. I know this is done so we have to go down more aisles and see things we didn’t have on our list. That benefits them. I get that, but I don’t want to hunt for mustard or have to ask someone where they put the potatoes, the towels or the screwdrivers. I am not happy when I have to back track or search for things. I know it shouldn’t be a big deal but it is so stop doing that.

Also, could the computer people stop discontinuing service to programs? It took me months to figure out how to work the one I use and it does everything I need. I do not want to upgrade. I like it the way it is. This forces me to buy something I know I will not understand or know how to navigate.

There is a mindset that thinks if it’s new its gotta be better so I gotta have it. People, who already have perfectly good devices, stand in line, in the rain to be one of the first to buy a new phone, iPad (or iPod?), a wrist watch that does the job of both or some gadget that will turn off the lights when you tell it to. More power to them but who really needs that? If it doesn’t do dishes, laundry and vacuum, I don’t need it.

And why are those home devices that turn the lights on, etc. always advertised with female names and voices? Is there an underlying message here? I’m just saying…

It’s just not true that new is better. It might be different and do more stuff but that does not necessarily make it better.

On January 14, 2020, my computer program will no longer be serviced so I will be exposed to security risks. I have no idea what means but I am sure it isn’t good. Will viruses attack and eat everything I have stored somewhere “out there”? Will the Russians be able to access my banking information? What a laugh they will get. The government already knows everything about me and my activities whether I have an updated computer program or not.

My only question is will my computer to do what I need it to do on January 15, 2020? The program sellers say not. They say, to prevent worms and malware from infiltrating my world, I must buy a new program and since the new program may not work on old computers, likely a new computer, too. I think they should give a rebate, refund or at least a significantly reduced price to those of us who don’t want to or need to upgrade.

OK, glad to get that out of my system. I feel so much better. I am ready. 2019 has been good to me and I am looking forward to the New Year which I know will be even better. Learning how to work a new computer and program may be my New Year’s adventure. Or I may just be real daring and defy the whole thing, do nothing and see what happens.

Wishing all of you a very happy, prosperous, inspiring and loving New Year filled with fun, laughter, comfort and wonder.