Old Dogs, New Tricks

Posted on February 12, 2012. Filed under: General Interest | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I do not care for that descriptor.  Without getting all caught up in that adjective “old,” lets just agree that it means been there done that for quite a while now.  Or, how about “seasoned?”   …veteran?   …old school?   …been around the block a time or two?  Lots of ways to say you’ve gotten used to doing things a certain way, or working in a certain work environment.  Habits are formed, become old friends, and are hard to let go when the time comes for change.  And, change will come, soon or late, as certainlly as death and taxes.  So, when that time comes, what’s an old dog to do?  Sit around scratching while shriveling away to nothing?  Or, learn something new in a different setting?

Adapt or…   Sudden change can be a life-altering shock.  We all know individuals (personally or in the news) who have spend a life-time in careers that defined who they were succumbing to death shortly after they were forced to give it all up.  Or, couples who have been devoted to each other for decades,  where one of them slips behind the veil of TIME, and the other, lost without that mate, follows shortly after.  Countless homeless persons who, by circumstance or predisposition, spend hopeless years in the streets because they were unable to cope with change or simply could not fit into the stress of social living.  LIFE, by definition, sucks.

I’m opting to adapt.  Successfully, I hope.  The digital revolution has not exactly passed me by;  tapping in to the full range of opportuities it provides has just not been high on my list of things to do.  All that digital jargon — bit, byte, kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte — makes you want to throw up your hands and say, “BYTE ME!”  Digits — fingers and toes — that’s how our ancestors kept track of things.  When you ran out of digits, an amount became “many.”  Run out of  -bytes today, and you got a bona fide “googolplex.”  That is just scientific jargon for “jillions” (a.k.a., many).  I mean, c’mon!  Unimaginable is like pregnant — there are no degrees of it.  Anyway, I’m trying to join the digital revolution as a mercenary armed with only a word processor.  MY digits will just punch keys.  Given my knowledge of computer languages, those keys better be way smarter than me…   I…   smarter than I.

Play it again, SID.   In summary, before being turned out onto the streets to fend for myself, I’m channeling my talents in a new direction.  Who knows, I might even make a buck or two.  Sounds good:  new tricks out on LIFE’s streets for pay…   Wait!  That sounds a little like…   Nyaw!  Can’t be that.  After all, for a while I’ll be doing it for free…   hmmm.  Maybe it’s just a point view.  That aside, the big question here is…

Will all of this get me that coffee date with…”  As unlikely as that sounds, my analyst, Ulysses Freud (a.k.a., useless fraud) says it is so.  I am eager to find out and I will keep you updated on our findings.


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