Category: Technology

Ooops, I did it again!

I signed on to another dating site. It was an accident, I swear! It came about because I joined AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). I did that because they have all sorts of good discounts and good advice on things like health care insurance. I only went […]

Awkward

This evening I felt uncomfortable watching The Help on TV while a large African-American man baked cornbread in my kitchen. After a few minutes of watching a fictional young white woman bridge America’s racial divide, I realized I was being very inconsiderate to my roommate’s guest. So, I switched […]

I don’t doubt it

My ventromedial prefrontal cortex is shrinking! At least, that’s my excuse. I recently read an article in the Globe and Mail which says that as we get older our ability to doubt is impaired because this part of the brain begins to shrink.* This means that we are […]

Courtesy

This week, I was dismayed by a stranger’s discourtesy online. I know that the anonymity of the Internet makes some people feel emboldened to all kinds of rudeness from insults to threats, but usually those things are not directed at me. Most of the time, the people in […]

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Customer Service

I have a problem. Frequently, when seeking customer service over the phone and sometimes online I am asked for my Social Security Number. I don’t have one. As a Canadian snowbird I pay property taxes here and file an income tax return for my roommate’s rent, but I […]

Easy Promises

When I bought a new battery for my watch I was told that it was guaranteed for one year. If it died within that year I just had to bring in the receipt and they would replace the battery. How many people do you know who could, months […]