A Glass Darkly

I am referring to the much-anticipated arrival of my very first smartphone…

(I hope I misled you otherwise heh)

I managed to get it out of the box and charge it.  I turned it on once, and apparently it vibrates when it turns on – I nearly dropped it, it startled me so!  And now it sits on my lamp-stand, dark and (to me) intimidating, until I can buy prepaid Verizon time for it.  It’s a Motorola Moto G (first generation), and I spent over a year looking at phones I could afford, both handset-wise and airtime wise…so this was a huge investiment for me, of money and time both.

I have read a lot about how android phones work, and it doesn’t really help.  I spend half the time switching between internet articles about the pros and cons of all things smartphone and Wikipedia to look up definitions of terms like “mAh”, “hotspot”, “tethering”…oh the list goes on and on!

(For readers who don’t know, I am 58.  I am not tech-savvy, and until my last child moved out I pretty much depended on my kids to do techy things for me.)

I will get this phone on and working soon, because I need its camera so I can take pics of Halloweenish stuff.  But I can tell you, there will be more than a few tears and profanities before it’s all said and done.  I might even send out a few panicked emails, or (omg) actually CALL my brilliant kids to help me.  I know it’s going to be a steep learning curve for me, but ultimately I think it will be worth it.

For those of you who would like to read something by J.S Le Fanu, Dubliner and author of the first Victorian horror stories, here is a link where you can read the book mentioned previously:

The Watcher and Other Weird Stories

Again, for you younger folks, this isn’t a gory book but it is extremely scary, especially if you have a very vivid imagination!  Go read it, you won’t regret it.




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