An analog man in a digital world.
A friend in Hungary sent me an article about Swedes buying online. Swedes have always been very attached to their cellphone. My wife uses it constantly and we get packages each week. I thought she was going nuts buying things, then I realized it was the same sort of things she always gets, but she’s buying online. We bought a car online. I still can’t believe it. She saw this newish used car on the internet. What was exactly what she was looking for. She arranged a meeting and after a ten-mile test drive we bought it, for the same price as it said online. No haggling? Do they haggle in Sweden? It was strange experience, almost a shock . . . happened so fast. The car’s been good, no problems.
My dad took weeks to buy a car, would look at more than one, and haggle. He out haggled a new car dealer by making him compete with another used car dealer who had the same car, each one lowering their price, and more than once to undercut the other. Manager was angry and said he got robbed after the deal was done. Does this happens anymore, or just a 1950’s memory? I wonder if people have time for it. We can search the Net and see more cars in sixty minutes than my dad could in a month. We can movies, and chat with sellers, videos online.
It’s a little scary for me, a sort of wariness, this digital world. The cell phones are addictive and we keep them with us always and are never out of reach. There is a joke about a man who had a phone installed inside his teeth. Phone rings: “Pick up you bastard, I know you’re there.” I think it’s very much like that now, without the inconvenience of a dental visit. This is not the worst of times to shop from home. Good to stay out of crowds of people, most do not wear masks.
When I was a child people were still talking about Lindbergh. Now we go to the stars and float in space. All this in such a short time, less than eighty years.
I try to imagine how things will be twenty years from now and the mind boggles. I wish Bucky Fuller was still with us, he was good at future. I cannot imagine what will happen next, beyond this electrical hook-up we are into now? Seems like we’re all plugged in. What happens after tattoos and skin piercing? What next? I’m sure will not notice as it happens.