My Own Personal Tour

About a month ago, DD and merm moved from their familiar-to-me apartment to a strange place I’d never seen. DD had been telling me about it and I’d seen the outside on Google’s Street View. I got a good idea of where it’s located with the aerial view but I still hadn’t seen inside.

Today, DD was telling me they’d finished painting their bedroom and the office before they moved in. The living room, dining area and kitchen will be next. I asked about colors and she named off what they planned. I told her they would have to take pictures when they were through.

Even though he was having his own conversation with someone else, merm must’ve gotten the idea of what we were talking about. DD told me he’d give me a video tour of the apartment when we hung up. I had my linens in the wash so I said I’d have to hang them out first.

I got that done but the sun and balmy 58º F temperature was too inviting to leave. My little Square Foot Garden needed some attention plus I checked on Ralphs. There were a few little wormies in the bottom of the lower bin that I put back in where there was food.

Getting inside the house, I discovered merm was all ready to go. I had to get my computer set up for it since I had uninstalled the software when I still had dialup. I took care of that and we were in business.

There was the little tone and I answered. A small video window popped up and I could see merm from the nose up. He moved back a little and there he was! A sight for sore eyes, to be sure.

I could see the kitchen in the background and it was already obvious they had moved up in the world. It’s big enough two people can be in there at the same time and not run over each other. He trained the web cam on it and I could see all the cabinets, the appliances and the island that separates the kitchen from the dining area.

He went on from room to room. There was Pixel in his heated bed. Twinkle would love that. The kitty in this picture is about a third the size of Pixel. He was filling the bed to overflowing.

I saw the breadmaker with dough in the pan, the bedroom, the office, the bathroom, the living room. Getting to the dining area was a real treat because there was DD, herself! Since the tour was complete, they both sat down in front of the web cam and we had a nice visit. Too bad I had to cut it short because I still had Things to Do. And I’m not through yet.

Isn’t technology wonderful? Twenty-five years ago, if we’d talked about doing something like this, it would have seemed like science fiction. I remember going to the computer lab at a school DS2 was enrolled in and seeing the computers all lined up. The monitors were off but the logo was visible where it had burned into the screen. The man who was showing us around was describing what the computers of the future would be like. He said eventually, there would be a computer so small it would fit into the palm of his hand. Surely not!

Now, there are multi-function doodads that do everything you can imagine. And they can fit in the palm of my hand. I’m getting close to 65 but at age seven, the current marvel was UNIVAC I. It stands for UNIVersal Automatic Computer I and it needed a huge room to house it.

When I was 11, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were born. The world would never be the same.

Things can change so quickly. I don’t even try to keep up any more. I use what’s available and I can’t begin to understand how it works. In Daniel 12:4, it says, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

In my short lifetime, it has increased to dizzying proportions. And the end hasn’t come yet.

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