Trying to answer the call and stay current | Nuttman

I'll admit it. I'm fascinated with Facebook.

I love the fact that I can reach out to old friends, ignore some of them, catch up with my 2,456 cousins and watch for the 500th time the video of the kitten who gets tickled and raises both paws in the air.

But just as I am getting to be tech savvy on the social site, something new will come along soon, making me an old fuddy-duddy and reminding me how far behind I am with the times.

Hey, give me a break, OK? I just got myself a smartphone. I carried a flip phone for the last five years. It came equipped with a camera but little else. There were no apps, no fun games or other gizmos to kill the time, just text messaging and the ability to talk to people. How '90s of me.

My younger brothers gave me endless grief about my flip phone, which had trouble picking up quality reception when you need to use the phone the most.

Those smartphone, on the other hand, often get great reception. They have so many doohickeys, the latest games and other features. I felt old, and out of step.

The new-wave phones even tell me how far it is to a selected restaurant, how far it is to the nearest green, how far away I am from completing the hole and how far it is to the watering hole after finishing a bad round of golf.

My brother's latest phone cost him around $300, plus the contract, plus the apps, plus whatever else, which equals a whole lot of money.

I purchased mine from the store, which has a bull's-eye for a logo, for $44.99. I spent a few bucks on a "Louie Louie" ringtone and got the free app that tells me with a frowny face how far I am away from the nearest green in miles.

I still can make phone calls, but only when my phone is in a good mood. The camera is better than the $300 Fuji I bought 10 years ago. Guess I'll have to upgrade that, too.

But please give me time. Pretty soon they will come out with a phone and computer that will be mounted in your glasses.

And I'm still trying to get the camera in my phone to make me look thinner.

Wish me luck.

Todd Nuttman is a regular contributor to the Kent Reporter.

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