, Salem, MA


October 23, 2013

Anderson: Idle thoughts while waiting for the (electric) man


The era of people who understand technology is here. I found someone who helped me erase all the messages clogging my little cellphone, so I can get texts from my grandchildren again, which is all I really need it for besides the emergencies. I am not one of those people who spend their entire life on the phone, including when they’re driving and potentially killing themselves and innocent bystanders.

Maybe the funeral homes should send its funeral-prep letter to people who text and drive: The NSA can probably give them a list by connecting text-times with the cameras at red lights that are photographing drivers.

Technology: the crime fighters’ friend. I can appreciate that, just don’t seem able to make it work for me. For instance, my cat usually wakes me at dawn, but he’s not reliable and I have to be on time for an early morning appointment this week. I know my little phone has an alarm clock in it somewhere, along with other things I can’t find, but I just bought an $11.39 Organtic Keywind Analog alarm clock that doesn’t need electricity or a battery, never mind programming.

As I begin to think about planning my funeral, I do not ask for whom the clock ticks; I know it ticks for me.


Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is president of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a Salem News columnist.

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