This is what you will frequently hear if you are a fly on the wall in my home while I am sitting in front of my computer and it won't do what I'm telling it to do. Rest assured, I have never, ever been accused of being a techno-wizard. I fall more under the category of "Special" when it comes to all things computer, video, digital, and the like.
Fortunately for me, I am married to a computer genius. Alan is able to fix just about any computer problem in a matter of seconds, and he can navigate his way around one with expert precision. So, whenever I am sitting at my laptop and begin experiencing problems, you can hear the above, screechy call to my husband, imploring him to come save me from my technologically-challenged self. He usually arrives and fixes the problem within seconds. I thank him profusely, he sighs, pats me on my head and heads back to his office.
I resisted, mostly because I'm one of those crotchety old people who talk about how much they love to "turn the page" rather than hit the "next" button. But I also feared the technology of the thing. It looked dangerous, quite frankly.
But when I saw one in the store recently and was able to hold it in my hands, I have to admit I really liked the lightness of it, as well as the cute, decorative covers that actually made it FEEL like I was reading a book. Hesitantly, I told Alan I was onboard.
He gave it back just a few minutes later telling me, "You're all set!" and showed me how to access the online bookstore to make my selection. The store was set up in Alan's Amazon.com account, but he told me we could switch that later.
Since I'm pretty caught-up on all my favorite authors, I decided to do a massive search. This time of year, less than a month before our Key West vacation, I love to listen to Jimmy Buffet and read "beach books" to get me in the mood for our trip. So, I did a quick "Key West fiction" search. Within seconds, hundreds of titles emerged. I clicked on the first one, which was labeled, "Key West." Hmm. Sounds perfect. The screen was too small to make out the actual cover, so I clicked on what I thought was "description." Apparently, I had inadvertently hit "reviews." Rather than scream for my husband again, I decided to just read those instead. They said things like, "Four stars!" "LOVED the surprise ending!" and "I now want to read EVERYTHING by this author!"
Well, that was good enough for me. I hit "download" and within less than a minute, my book "arrived" on my screen! Hooray for modern times!
But, you know, being somewhat of an author myself, I felt it was only fair that I read a fellow writer's work. I mean, I'd want HER to do the same if she accidentally downloaded something from my blog. It's the courteous thing to do, people! Besides, I'm a sucker for a "surprise ending!"
So I read it. It was really, really "interesting." But I must admit, the ending WAS surprising. I did NOT see that coming!
Here's the fun clincher to this pathetic tale: You know how Amazon, once you've purchased a particular book, will then send follow-up, "If you liked THAT book, we recommend THESE titles as well" emails? Yeah. Alan's been getting LOTS of "suggestions" for potential reading material on his Amazon account! Because he is awesome and (thankfully) has a great sense of humor, instead of being angry with me, he just reads me the titles of the suggested books. We've had a GREAT time pouring over THOSE!
Although I'll never look at Key West the same way again...
Thanks for Reading!!
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