Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

QuirkOut! Get on Line for Technology Madness; Crazy Things Women Do to Stay Sane

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

QuirkOut! Get on Line for Technology Madness; Crazy Things Women Do to Stay Sane

Article excerpt

If you named your dog Spotify, you're definitely a techie. If you think computers are a passing fad, you're probably a Civil War re- enactor.

Either way, microchips are more addictive than potato chips. Today we need the Geek Squad to do a load of laundry. (Please, just give us a button that says "Wash clothes.") Try explaining hashtags for the 100th time to your mother (#annoying) or waiting three hours for the help desk only to be told you forgot to plug in the computer (#moreannoying).

And creating passcodes is getting more complicated: "Must be 3845 digits and include the Gettysburg address in Mandarin." (#OyVey).

If you want to reach your kids, even at the breakfast table, you'd better learn the new alphabet texting acronyms. The kids may think WADI (what a dumb idea) but RIMJS (really I'm just saying) it's time to create our own term: WANITJMUFTW (we are not idiots, technology just makes us feel that way) and that's not TNC (tongue in cheek).

So power down your mobile devices and get the nonvirtual QuirkOut app for the technologically challenged.

AUTO TUNEUPS

Lulu finally broke down and bought a brand new car. But it has so many technological tricks that she can barely figure out how to use it. "If my car were any smarter, I'd have to walk," she tells us.

The good news is that it parallel parks for her. (Take that, drivers license examiner.)

But the advanced GPS makes Lulu feel like a 3-year old. "I swear it told me, 'Look both ways before you turn.'" Next it will be telling her, "You're going 40 mph in a 60 zone just like your mother." Talk about driving you crazy.

The car beeps at her when she backs up; it beeps at her when she leaves the vehicle; and it beeps at her when she swears at it.

But where's the beep when we really need it? Like when we're about to eat an entire box of Oreos or call an ex-boyfriend and beg him to get back together? …

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