Thursday, December 17, 2009
"........and to all a good night!"
i was required to take a computer class in college. oh, that seemed so exciting! i love buttons...computer, typewriter, cash register, calculator, elevator.....
it's true. at one point, i landed a great job as a mortgage broker......the first thing i heard from my enthusiastic college cohorts, "wow! that's great! you're gonna love using those calculator buttons every day!" sharing the joy, they cheered for my love of buttons ....more, actually than for putting my college major, economics, to use. besides being in sales and using the calculator, i really had no clue about the economy.....i guess those economics classes took a back seat to my computer buttons classes. i mean, computer classes!
in college, my introduction to the cyber world began with a teacher who worked at the nearby i.b.m. company. the class was scheduled right at the dinner hour.....a major social concern. the class was small, the teacher was small with a "small" voice too.....no computers in the class.....a separate computer lab.....in addition to the class....another social concern. the greatest concern, at the time, was the teacher spoke to the class........ with one eye looking at the class and one eye looking out the window ......toward the cafeteria..... hard time concentrating? ya think? just a bit distracted? just me? i was scarred and traumatized........terribly bored and hungry....
then, i took off for the mall (the 2nd MALL in one week! yikes!).......it was in my best interest...it was in my family's best interest....it was in my blog's best interest....most important, it was a necessity, just to better myself and my skills.....it was finally time.....i felt like i was entering a new world. gee, wonder why my husband signed me up for a year of tutorials? i guess because we love each other and even like each other, it was for our own good.......and i would go to the class at the MALL!
i had no one in the car with me....i had no teens to beg for their tunes....i had no husband to beg to use his g.p.s....with the blabbering woman who tells me what to do and the map, that only confuses me. i put on my favorite station and began belting out my best ......la, ...la, la, la, mmmmm, mmmmmm, deee, la, la,di,, doo, doo, da, da! none of that tsss, tssss, sh,sh,sh, boom, boom, ch, ch, ch, ch....rap stuff. i can handle that stuff... and talk about it with the kids..... but, WOW!...... it's great to sing my heart out....pop, showtunes, rock, gospel, country.
i arrived at the MALL....after taking the wrong route (distracted by my own music!)....i was in MALL traffic....i had to run into the MALL to get to my class.....just like college, i was late for class. but, i made it.....through the honking merry christmas monsters in myriad automobiles at the MALL!
i sat with my instructor and had a ball.....when i arrived , the store was so frenetic with frenzied, frantic shoppers, i thought i wouldn't be able to concentrate.....the exact opposite of my draggy, drudgery class from.... hellllllo apple store! wow...an hour and a half and a cup of starbucks and i was high on computer vibrations! i had to call that man of mine to thank him....i was so excited and over stimulated, he could barely understand me!
and the best part...i learned all kinds of stuff that i wanted to learn.......blog, blog and more blog pieces of the puzzle.....it was so exciting to learn and be able to implement everything right away!
i enjoyed strolling through the mall on my way out...people hustling and bustling, babies visiting santa at eight o'clock at night, stopped in stores alone, just me, not wanting or needing anything.....no one with me to want anything or plead for anything! i stopped, i looked, i even had my camera with me for my apple visit....i played tourist in the MALL and i had a BALL!
i put down my camera for a moment to try on some gloves.....i meandered all the way to the car....outside in the half empty parking lot....meandered to the car.......started to put my key in the ignition and realized i left my camera in one of the stores......the adrenaline was pumping....how could i stand to lose the camera when i had a blog with a purpose, if only for me! i waved to the security guard in the jeep.....he "radio'd" the store for me and "10-4".....no luck.....i had to run and run and run, up escalators, through bunches of late night fried shoppers and workers....i ran and ran through food courts and gift stalls.....i ran and ran past aromas of pretzels and pizzas and soapy stores and musky stores and music stores....i finally arrived at the store my intuition sent me to.....the doors were closed....the doors were....locked! i knocked incessantly...i knocked and knocked...and klinked and klinked with my rings....one woman looked up.....we made eye contact and....i waved...i waved and waved frantically.....she came to the glass door....i begged in a loud voice. rather loud for the end of a long MALL day. while quiet workers, wearing ipods and headphones,
i screamed, "thank you! thank you! thank you!"........i offered them a reward, they all smiled and refused.....i ran to the door and shouted, "thankyou! thank you! thank you!..........merrrrrry chrrristmas! they laughed.
i ran and ran....back to the car relieved and rejuvenated! joy to the world! life is good. the mall was closed and i was exhausted....i started up the car and began my way to home sweet home.....excited to implement some new computer tricks and cartwheels. i got on the highway and piped in the tunes and began singing in the car, to my hearts content......la, la, la, adee, dee, da, ho, ho, ho,mmmmm....mmm.......dee, dee, la,la la......WHoosh.... whooosh....it flew right over the hood.... and up on the rooftop..... click, click, click and down off the bumper..... nice and slick! ....and i had to exclaim as it flew out of sight, "merry christmas wreath to all and to all a good night!"