Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I Am Getting Old - Part Eight

I am getting old because I seem to have more likes and dislikes than I did when I was younger. Does that really mean I am getting old or that I am willing to admit them at this time in my life?

One of my dislikes occurred this morning. I run the hot water in the sink while I was getting ready to take a shower. When I turn the water on in the shower and step in, I adjust the temperature so it will be nice and hot. Then I get the shock of my life when I pull the shower on. A blast of cold water hits me. Each time this happens, I think I am prepared but I am not. I know it is because there is cold water in the pipe and it has to come out before the hot water reaches me. It still does not make it any easier to take.

I like to get cards in the mail for whatever the occasion may be. What I do not like is if the card looks and reads like the person sending it exerted no effort to make the selection. I know all of us have received those kinds of cards. When I need to send a card, I read the verses carefully to see if it fits the person on the receiving end. Yes, it takes me some time to get the right card but I feel it is worth it.

I DO NOT LIKE automated telephone answering systems. When I call a place of business, I want to talk to a real person. In the past, you could trick them and press zero. Now the businesses have gotten smarter and now zero does not work anymore. Some of these systems give you the option to press numbers on the keypad of the telephone to navigate them. Other have gone to a system where you have to speak your responses and have some dorky voice repeats them back and says “please press 1 if that is correct, press 2 if that is incorrect.” I think I know why they use these systems. They do not have to pay a person “just to answer” the telephone. In a previous life, I was a receptionist and I can tell you it is not an easy job. There is more to the job than “just to answer” the telephone. How sad it is to think businesses are so greedy that they have lost that personal touch when it comes to their customers.

I neglected the things that I like so here are just a few of them. I like to see people smile. I like banana splits, ice cream cones, and cotton candy. I like people who say thank you, holiday seasons, and snow (as long as I do not have to be around it very long). I like the beach, the sun, and nice weather. I like people who are kind and considerate, people who say excuse me, and people who are happy. I like football games, chicken and dumplings (like my mother use to make) and peach pie. I like to take naps, to read a good mystery, and write my poetry. You see there are many things I like.

I will close this for now and see what comes to my mind to write about next. It is usually easy to come up with a topic because of things that happen around me. To answer your question, no my life is not that exciting that it is filled with the things I write about. In some cases, I just use my memories of days ago and my imagination.

1 comment:

RUTH said...

My pet hate is Automated answering too. Our worst is trying to get through to our actual Telephone Company to report a fault or a query on a bill. After button pushing upon button pushing, you finally get a PERSON who promptly puts you back into button pushing mode!!!.GRRRRRRRRR!!