Boomer Story: New Toys for Who?

Today I turned 62 so I decided to go outside to Best Buy to check out the prices on computers.  Now it has been a few years since I was in that store and it is just up the street from me.  My oh my how things change.  I saw the sign that said computers so I headed out that way.

Nothing looked familiar to me.  The big fat computer screens are now skinny and come in all sizes.  Some have towers and are small. Others don’t even have towers at all.  Now for the mouse.  Well some didn’t even have a mouse and some computers had lids on them.  So I started reading.  Each part appeared to be sold separately with a lot of different prices and names.  Then some of the computers looked like small hand bags and I was not sure what that was all about.  Anyway I knew right then that I needed a sales representative.  She was very nice and answered all my questions.  The only thing though, I am not sure if we were talking the same language because it seems there has been a lot of new terminology put in to the new computer world.  She did her best though and I thanked her but decided I had better wait on buying until another day.

Then I moved on to cameras.  I wanted just a little small type to hook on this old computer so I could take a recent picture of me to put on Face Book.  I am here to tell you, I have never seen so many different cameras in all my life.   Now right away I saw this was not going to be an easy task either and could wait until another day.

I looked around.  All the young folks seemed right at home in the store.  They knew just what they were looking for and a lot more.  I felt like an old moth ball that fell out of a storage bag and could see that I had a lot of more learning to do before purchasing.

Since the store was starting to get a bit crowded I figured I should just move on and come visit these folks on another day.  Anyway I headed for something that I recognized, a can of computer spray cleaner that cost $9.99.  I was proud of my selection and headed to the cashier.  Now I was in for another experience.  First I had to stop and stand by a man until he let me know what cash register that I could go to in order to check out.  Finally, I was at the proper place to pay for my can of spray.  The cashier was very nice but he was out of small bags.  Anyway I just figured that people buy the big stuff in a store such as this and that was not a problem for me.

So the next time I go out to check out computers and cameras I am asking my grandson to go with me.  That way I figure I will have a good guide to direct me in the right direction.  In the mean time, I have used my can of computer spray cleaner but had to even read the directions on that.  What a world it is out there folks.  Things are really changing.  Now I am sure if I keep an open mind and be willing to listen and learn, I’ll make it in the new world of electronic devises.  I hope things don’t change too much more before I get there the next time or I might even consider purchasing on line.

Author: Robert Fowler

Robert Fowler is President of Retirement Media Inc. Check out Robert's blog at BoomerPlaces.com

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