Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The Technology Gene
Those that know me well know that I was born without the technology gene - the piece of DNA that lets me distinguish downloads from widgets, and read error messages on the computer and know what they mean. This flaw affects all aspects of my life. At work I spend a fair amount of time implementing new IT systems into our department which is very challenging for someone who until recently didn't know why there was a right mouse button (It does what??). And at home I never tape TV shows because, in reality, its all too hard. I'll just catch the re-run some time in the next ten years.
So I've stunned and shocked myself in the last four weeks. I've been spending up to 4 hours a day in the car most work days on a long and tedious commute and one of my friends recommended getting an audio book to pass the time. So, as one does when you lack the technology gene, I trotted off to the library and grabbed "Key of Light" by Nora Roberts on 9 CDs.
And I'm hooked! Seriously considering never reading a physical book ever again. And that was before I found out you can download them onto a MP3 player. I can't even imagine how much "reading" I'll be able to do - at the gym, doing the ironing, cooking, commuting.
This book is the first in a trilogy, so as soon as I'm finished it I'll be headed for the steep learning curve of learning to download audio books. Wish me luck.