Yes, I appreciated the first fruit and wine basket. I'm not sure you had to come back every week.
Not pointless. It’s a lovely wish that actually points to the root cause of so many problems in society.
I'm pretty sure I've posted this here before, but Roger Ebert, musing about his life, wrote this shortly before he died. I aspire to it and fail more than I succeed.Not pointless. It’s a lovely wish that actually points to the root cause of so many problems in society.
I believe that most people have great capacity for empathy & you can have an impact by modelling the behaviour & talking about it. Like the thread yesterday where bnoble talked about the dilemma of vacationing driving a low wage economy. That made me think about vacation choices from a different perspective.
Thanks for the responses. I have had this thought or a similar one before, but it has come more frequently this year. I think it can feel like a pointless wish sometimes because the most likely way to make someone more empathetic is shared personal experience which is hard to create.
Wanda Sykes once Tweeted: “Whenever my parents want to send an e-mail they send two blank ones first.”This isn't very funny, but I am going to type it up anyway. My dad is about 80 and despite being an industrial engineer with a major aerospace company for 35+ years, could not turn on a computer to save his life.
Our average sales price is $1.4MM, and it’s not unusually for the heavy hitters to have several $3-5MM listings. I might trade being able to turn on a computer for that.Wow, that's some impressive solo sales volume! Of course, I'm going by our local real estate values, where 50MM would be about 300 sales.
My Dad is 80 as well and I think your Dad’s confusion with technology sounds about right.This isn't very funny, but I am going to type it up anyway. My dad is about 80 and despite being an industrial engineer with a major aerospace company for 35+ years, could not turn on a computer to save his life. He might be able to figure out how to turn on the computer my parents have after pressing every button on it and screwing up a dozen things, but there's no way he could identify the power button on any other computer.
He also has a terrible time with remote controls, doesn't carry a cell phone, etc. One time when my mom was away on business for a few days, he somehow changed all of the menus to Spanish and put the tv guide up on the screen, so the actual tv playing portion is only in a very small box in the top corner of the screen while the rest is text about what's on. All you have to do to get out of that screen is press exit or the back button or something. He watched television like that with the little corner screen for three days. Technology has passed him by, like it will most of us, though I am personally hoping not quite to that extent. On the other hand, he is not on social media, which must be nice.
Anyway, he has had a terrible time with figuring out what is going on with headphones and specifically AirPods in the interviews they now do with people at home with the whole COVID thing and people not being in studio. He has asked my mom about the headphones and what they're for and why they're necessary during these interviews a dozen or more times. And I am talking to him last week and he brings up the headphones and what they're for with me. My mom has already mentioned his confusion with these headphones a couple of times in past conversations. And I'm trying to explain it's so the interviewee can hear the interviewer without it picking up the echo that you would hear if the audio was playing on the computer or whatever mechanism. Most people don't have professional studio equipment laying around. He does not understand any of this. "But why do they have little white ear things hanging out of their ears?" he insists.
So I send them a pair of AirPods to check out, thinking maybe if he sees the things and hears the audio sent from my mom's iPad or iPhone or something maybe he will get it. Well they get them and his first question is how to change the channel on them to a different radio station. So that idea has created more questions than answers.