Unfamiliar with the entire process (as well as the computer, keyboard and mouse) I’d occasionally pause for some “huh?” moments. At one particularly perplexing part of the process, I must have paused for too long. The computer screen suddenly shouted at me:
“ARE YOU STILL THERE?”
Well, it felt like it was shouting with the 50 point bold font. I was quite taken aback and insulted - with no way of responding in kind. (“Of course I’m still here, you condescending hunk of metal! Give me a break – I’m new at this.”) I was literally rendered speechless because, really, who talks back to a computer? At least in public.
Reluctantly, I admit the computer may have been slightly on the mark. I was a bit of a dolt. At the end of the process, the screen showed an image of a receipt coming out of a slot with the instructions, “Take receipt.” This prompted yet another, “huh?” moment. (“How? It’s on the screen.”)
I actually looked at both sides and the back of the computer for the receipt.
It was at the cashier’s desk.
There are times I wonder why I publish posts exposing myself as a technological dunce (or for that matter, any kind of dunce). But the day I’m no longer able to laugh at myself – and share these moments – will be a sad one indeed.