|The Master listening to music on his new iPhone|
Guess who likes his new iPhone? Bill! Yes, that's right. My 82 year old, stubborn, know-it-all, stuck in the past Life Partner for the past 46 years! I am amazed. AMAZED!
Bill was very reluctant even to use a computer up until about five years ago. He called them "A waste of time!" Bill is of that generation that is reluctant to expose themselves to learning something new that might show them as less than perfect. Bill is not alone in this kind of Neanderthal think. Such celebrities as Larry Kane, Judge Judy and, yes, even Regis Philbin proclaim far and wide that they "don't need the web and all that stuff." What they're really saying is "I'm a expert in my field and I don't want to risk looking like a dummy learning something new."
|Bill and me 1964 - were we ever that young?|
When he worked in Washington D.C. he met the likes of Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia (Bill was coming out of the Men's Room and Senator Byrd was going in, rather gruffly according to Bill, he must have had one "pushing").
Bill was in the Army and Air Force for a total of eleven years. He was stationed all over the world, his favorite place being Japan. Bill traveled a lot with his job.
Twenty -seven years ago, when General Electric was going to send him on another assignment (this one to Las Vegas, Nevada) I suggested to Bill that he take the early retirement and stopped the life of travel. We had just built a new home in the middle of the woods in Chester County, Pennsylvania and I was making mucho dinero at Girard Bank in Philadelphia and I could afford to have a 55 year old houseboy. Bill took my suggestion and retired early. And, as fate would have it I lost my job at the bank two years later but that saga is a subject for future blog postings.
|Bill laying cinder block at our PA home 1982 - something I would never do because it would break my fingernails|
|Bill fixing our 30 year old tractor this past summer - we got a new one - something I would never do because I would break my fingernails|
When Bill finally accepted the inevitability of computers was when he inherited my Mother's old Toshiba Satellite laptop computer. That was about ten years ago. I think that computer is at least twelve years old now. Yep, Bill still uses it. The memory is full at only 1 Gigabyte. It takes about ten minutes in the morning for it to boot up. I've tried to buy him a new computer over the years but he refuses. He says the one he has now is "good enough." One thing positive, I'm glad there is only one Spender in this family......ME.
So when my friend Don V. suggested that I upgrade from my pitiful TracFone to the new Verizon iPhone I decided to make one last effort to drag Billy Boy into the 21st Century. I ordered one for him too. Oh yes, I expected the usual histrionics about how I was wasting money again and expected the strum and drang that always followed these confrontations about my spending habits. But that didn't happen this time.
To paraphrase Sally Fields' famous quote "He likes it! He really likes it!"
|Bill and me 2010 - 46 years later and still standing!|
Thank you Jesus.