Drier: Technology can come back to bite

Drier: Technology can come back to bite

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I have a love hate relationship with technology, so I love it when it works and hate it when I do something that messes it up.

I’m old and some of the things that technology can do now is totally amazing. However, I can’t help but think if some of it is really necessary?

Like do you really need a sink with a water faucet you talk to saying how much water you need?

And, washing machines and dryers have dozens of settings now. We got by for decades with only a few options on washers and dryers.

I remember all too well my mother spending most of the day in the backroom doing laundry using a wringer washer. For the young whippersnappers who do not know what that is, it is a set of rollers that were used to squeeze the water out of newly washed clothes. There were times when fingers and occasionally other body parts got caught in the wringer.



And, no matter the time of year, the wrung out clothes were hung outside to dry. Mom would come into the house with frozen fingers that were cracked and bleeding from hanging the clothes on the line in the winter.

For whatever reason, my mother never smiled much, but she sure did when a brand new Maytag washer and dryer were delivered that replaced the wringer washer and the need to hang clothes outside.


Few may realize computers and the internet have only been around for about 30 years, so I lived and worked for a long time before technology became a part of everyday life. Within three decades, the internet and computers have integrated every aspect of our lives.

Computers and the internet are wonderful when they work. I love them when they do and hate them when they don’t.


Like I said I’m old. I don’t like that my car has a computer. When the battery in my car died, it made the computer go crazy. While driving down the road, the automatic locks would lock and unlock, and the channels on the radio would randomly change.

I left the car running when I went into the store. While I was gone, the doors locked. I had to listen and grab the handle to get in during the few seconds the doors were locking.

I know two little girls who got in big trouble because of the technology that came with their dolls.

Back in my day, there were a few dolls that would say “mama” if you squeezed them. That was considered cutting edge in the doll world, and was long before the term technology had coined yet.


Anyway, the girls’ dolls had voice recorders in them where messages could be recorded.

The one girl had the other girl say a bunch of bad words and secretly recorded her when she said them. Then, she ran to tell the girl’s mother what she had said to get her in trouble.

The girl proudly displayed the doll and pushed the play button to show the mother the evidence of her daughter being bad.

However, technology tripped up her plan. She pushed the doll’s record button too soon which recorded her telling the other girl what bad words to say. They ended up each getting in trouble. The girl who instigated the incident and did the recording got in more trouble than the girl who repeated what she was told to say.

Like I said, technology is great when it works, but there are times when it works a little too well.



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