Sunday, September 07, 2008

iPods and Tropical Storms

I’m not sure who invented iPods and iTunes (yes, I do know), but I don’t know whether I want to thank them just yet! After three hours of reading instructions and downloading information off the Internet, I figured it out (sort of). But as Hanna drenched us with torrential rain, I decided this Saturday was an inside “work” day.

After two hours into my “research,” I called my oldest son, Jer, the teacher. And he tried to talk me through the process over his crackling cell phone (that didn’t work out very well). He said, “Mom, I’ll be over tomorrow and help you out, okay?”

I knew better.

And then I said, “Is that what you say to your students?”

“No, Mom, I don’t, and you know I love you!” Jer whispered.

That was it, back to the instruction sheet, which was so small I needed my high-powered glasses. I couldn’t even find the on-off switch.

What’s disturbing about this whole thing is I can design Web sites, PowerPoints, Excel spreadsheets, blogs, and slide shows, yet this whole iPod shuffle thing totally escaped me.

The problem: I needed to register first! Imagine that? After I registered, all I wanted to do was hit the “auto-fill” button so I could listen to music (after all that’s the point—right?). And then, of course, they want you to give them your credit card information, so you can download iTunes.

Nah! No way!

I used my PayPal account because I know nothing is in there.

At the stroke of midnight, I finally GOT IT and I saw the screen light up…”Syncing. Do not disconnect.”

Don’t worry. I wouldn’t think of it. Are you crazy?

The little green light was blinking back at me as if to say, “You did it…don’t stop now!”

I hit the eject button (like the instruction sheet told me to do), and guess what?

I downloaded my boys’ music (Jer and Jon) from their high school days. Right now, I’m listening to “stuff” I can’t even figure out, and then every third song is Andrea Bocelli. At least I can understand Italian. So I shuffle back to “Andrea” over and over again, and in between is this “music” that makes me blush!

Give me a couple of days and I’ll let you know if I’ve changed my mind. Today was otherwise productive: two speeches down, one PowerPoint complete, two articles written, and one iPod figured out (sort of!).

Thanks to tropical storm Hanna, I was able to slosh through the whole thing!


Terry said...


You are a "Genius," heck,I have enough problem just turning my computer on and off, which I never turn it off, unless I absolutly, positively have to!

I am glad you were able to get a lot accomplished yesterday,and please give Mark the best for me as he returns to work tomorrow.

My prayers will be with both of you,for Mark going back to work,and you hitting the airways, and highways once again.

May God's Protecting Hand Be Upon You!


Connie Pombo said...

Thanks, Terry! Your are such an encourager!

Mark will go back to work half days next week, and then full time the following week. That will ease him back into the adjustment; he has a hard time sitting for any length of time.

As for technology, I'm still baffled by how much we have and how much of it we really need.

Thank you for your prayers and have a great day!

Flea said...

Love the rain boots!

My kids are whizzes with their iPods, as is my Hunny. I don't have one yet and it's because I'd be stuck in the same situation you were. Hope you enjoy all your new music!

Connie Pombo said...

Oh Flea, don't you just love those rain boots? They look like happy little "catfish." I wanted to run out and sing in the rain yesterday during the tropical storm, but I was afraid I would get blown away. My tomatoes barely survived. They were upright and now they are spread out all over the yard like tomato soup!

I went to the gym today, just so I could listen to my iPod (silly--huh?). I felt like the rest of the folks--zoned out into my own little iPod world. I think I could get addicted, so I'm limiting my time to running, walking, and gym time.



Greg C said...

LOL you should hear my wife's ipod lineup. It goes from Aretha to clasical music to CCR. No main theme there. It took me a long time to figure hers out too and I am considered somewhat of a computer geek. Now if I could only lear web page design.

Connie Pombo said...

Today I tackle how to delete my guys' music and just keep mine. That might be the subject of another blog!

I'll let you know how it all "tunes" out!