I remember in the fifties and even the early sixties, my grandma had a house at the Jersey Shore. We visited often for a week or for weekends. Grandma Gus (mom’s stepmom) did not have a phone. We often asked,
“Grandma Gus, why don’t you get a phone (probably cost about $1.25 a month).”
“What do I need that for? There is a pay phone at the end of the block.”
“But what if we want to call you?”
“What call, just come, I’m here and we have lots of rooms…send a letter or telegram if it is important.”
I’m pretty sure no one sent telegrams anymore.
We made fun of Grandma Gus for her “What do I need that for?” philosophy.
My mom never wanted cable TV.
“What do I need that for, I get three channels for free?”
We made fun of mom for her “What do I need that for?” philosophy.
Well, now I find myself doing the same thing.
My son tells me I should get a Bluetooth to talk on the phone in the car.
“What do I need that for, if it’s really important I can pull over the side of the road.”
I’m told we don’t need a phone land line anymore, the cell phone is all you need.
“I don’t trust the cell phone, on 9-11 lots of cell phones didn’t work.”
“Dad, if cell service is out there won’t be many land lines left for you to call.”
“I like my land line!”
“You should get Netflix, they have all the movies you watch and new original TV shows.”
“What do I need that for? I can buy the DVD’s and I get tons of movies on TV now.”
“You should get a GPS so you never get lost in the car.”
“What do I need that for, my wife knows every road in New Jersey?” I do use the GPS since I found it worked on the cell phone and when I drive alone.
“New cars have back-up cameras”
“What do I need that for, the rearview mirror still works.”
Every time someone tells me I should use new technology, I am convinced I don’t need it.
I am still convinced I don’t need most of today’s new gadgets. Even as I sit in bed typing on my laptop computer, watching cable TV on a “smart” TV, with a cell phone by my side in case someone calls, while my coffee maker stands ready to brew when I pop in a k-cup and I can heat up leftovers for lunch in the microwave, which I can eat by the warmth of our gas fireplace which goes on at the press of a button. If I need to go to the store the garage door opens automatically when I press a button and I can enjoy perfect reception on satellite radio on the way to the store where I don’t need cash to make my purchase, and if I do, I can get it at the ATM machine.
So many nice things to have that didn’t use to exist, but still, when I think of it,
“What do I need them for?”