Keeping Up With the Clampetts

I have recently had a life-changing event happen to me. No, I didn’t get a new job or move to the Pacific Northwest like I want to, but what I did do may change my life just as much. I finally talked my wife into stepping into the 21st century, taking the plunge into modern times with a smart phone.

No longer will I have to cower in a far-away corner to send a text message, fearing the mere sight of my flip phone could cause an embarrassing wave of laughter. No longer will I feel the stares, and hear the hushed whispers when I pull out that communications relic. Being an old school kind of guy, I guess I should miss my times with the old phone, but I won’t. Not one bit.

The colors on the screen are so vibrant and crisp. It just feels right in my hand. Sports scores, highlights, emails, and games all at the touch of a button. I told my wife just the other day that I feel like I have been in a slumber for the past decade or so, now waking up to this “new” technology. I am like a kid in a candy store. We bought Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phones, so not the top-of-the-line, newest models, but they are new to us, and that is all that matters.

For being called smart phones, they have made me feel really dumb. Just tonight I was sitting in the bank, futzing with my new toy. I click on audio for a baseball game. I thought I had my volume turned down. Nope. It blared through the bank lobby like I was on a megaphone. My wife said my face turned as red as my coat. Oh, well. Give me a break. I’m new with this technology!

Another thing I am looking forward to with this new phone is the improved camera. Our old phones, you had to basically be sitting on top of the subject to even have a chance at getting a poorly lit, grainy photo. Those days have ended. The cameras on these phones have more mega pixels than the digital camera I bought in the early 2000s for my sports photography business. Amazing how technology changes.

My wife and I have never been ones to keep up with the Joneses. I guess if we can keep up with the Clampetts, that’s the best I can hope for. Well, I have to go. Either my phone is ringing or something I have cooking in the microwave is done. I haven’t been able to tell the difference yet!


Samsung Galaxy Note 4


4 thoughts on “Keeping Up With the Clampetts

  1. Hey Scott! Great to see you! Welcome back and I hope you’re well. That phone is a life changing experience! Baseball season is al most here. My phillies are going to stink again. But it’s a new, young team so hopefully we’re rebuilding! Hope to hear more regularly from you!


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