Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All Ready to Go, after Going 'On the Computer'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All Ready to Go, after Going 'On the Computer'

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My last five vacations have been "staycations" -- mostly because there was no place I felt like going and nobody I felt like going no place with.

A few weeks ago, though, my friend Peter mentioned that he still had five unused vacation days.

"Really?" I said. "I have 10!"

Since I was going no place and he was going no place we began talking about going ...


But where?

Since all of this happened on a Saturday night, I suggested we wait until Monday and call a travel agent.

"Why a travel agent?" Peter asked. "I thought people did all this on the computer now."


It's been my experience that people who use the phrase "on the computer" don't use one very often.

Like my parents, for instance. Every so often my mother will call me on the phone, let it ring three times and then hang up before I can answer.

"You didn't pick up," she'll explain later. "So I figured you were on the computer."

Yeah. So?

Then there's my father: "The doctor told me I have something wrong with my eye. I think it ends in an N. Can you look it up on the computer?"

"Dad, I have a Macintosh desktop, not a Magic 8 Ball."

Unlike my parents, I've been online since before there was an online to be on. Despite my seemingly endless years at a keyboard, however, I can't seem to book a trip ON THE COMPUTER without having a nervous breakdown.

"Well, I can probably figure it out," Peter said, plopping down in front of my Mac OS X 10.7.5 -- even though he still hasn't figured out how to use Facebook. "Just get me on that Google thing."

I told him to stand up and back away from the computer.

"Seriously," I added. "Don't make me get the ax out of the trunk of my car."

I then sat down, grumbled, got on the Google thing and paused. "Where do we want to go?" I asked, gritting my teeth.

Peter shrugged. "Someplace warm?"

I suggested Puerto Rico, off the top of my head. "Or the Florida Keys. Donna was there a couple of months ago. She loved it."

"Never been to either one," he said. "How much are the flights?"

"I'll see what's available," I replied. "But you don't want to book a flight until you're sure you can also get a room. Or get a room before you have a flight. …

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