I have had a lot of habits over years; not all of them bad. I still have some of both kinds. I’m only going to talk about one of them, and I honestly don’t know if it is good or bad but I definitely have a computer habit. I have three of the things in the house; one desktop and two notebooks. If I count the I pad and I phone that would be five. Most days I use all of them.
A lot of what I do involves the Internet, but I have a computer habit not just an Internet habit. My relationship with the things started about 20 years ago, but I think the amount of time I spent with them the last four years turned that positive relationship into a habit.
When Sharyl was sick and we were confined to the house I spent many hours looking at this monitor. I scanned every picture we had, so the girls would have them. I quit counting at three thousand, and yes I found a couple hundred more in the “concealed clutter” I talked about recently. I write a lot, I probably wouldn’t write at all if I had to use the #2 pencil and a note pad. Most of what I write I share with you as blog entries.
The other two words in the title are directly related to the computer habit.
When Sharyl got sick I became the primary shopper in our household, prior to her illness she did the shopping for groceries and household goods and supplies; I was the “gopher” I would go for the surprises and things she forgot. As the primary I do a lot of that shopping at Wal Mart and it took a while for what I observed to register. I thought the old ladies were just rude and they probably blocked the aisles and bumped everyone with their shopping carts. I finally figured out it is gender bias and the severity of it varies by department. It is kind of bad in groceries, cleaning supplies and toiletries; men really shouldn’t be there but times are changing. The few times I have had to shop for cookware or linens it has been just a little scary, I hope I never need fabric or sewing notions. The flip side, in automotive or sporting goods the old ladies get out of my way, they know they shouldn’t be there. To avoid the hazards, and to keep from upsetting the little ladies, I buy a lot more things on the Internet.
This week I went to Hobby Lobby to look for a print of a lighthouse to use with one Sharyl had at the lake. Not only did the sheer volume of stuff overwhelm me; I also experienced the gender bias thing again. I came home sat down at my computer and found exactly what I wanted in about fifteen minutes. I continue to feed my computer habit.
In the last blog I talked about the loss of my Aunt Ruth and how families drift apart. Some good came from that post. My cousin (Aunt Ruth’s daughter) surprised me with a comment on the blog; she has read it for quiet awhile. We have gotten reacquainted via email this week. I have enjoyed the communication and I think she has.
She has done a tremendous amount of genealogical research. I have always thought that would be interesting, but I never thought I had the patience and self-discipline to do it. I made the mistake of asking her for the maiden name of a great grandmother. I spent the next two hours on the Internet learning a little about genealogy, and another couple hours today, very interesting. I am going to try to resist the temptation to get a little more involved in the genealogy thing. I don’t need to spend more time at the computer.
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