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Thursday, March 26, 2015

A New Toy for The Broad

As part of my regimen for staving off the fall into dementia, I quite regularly challenge my ability to cope with new techie challenges. In fact I find it quite a challenge just keeping up-to-date with all the new gadgets and challenges on offer!

So with a few excuses to myself I have recently acquired a new toy. To be precise a 'Wireless Mobile Phone Monopod'.

"What's that?" asked all three of my boys, to my bemusement. When I told them, each one of them in turn laughed out loud  at me and shook his head. On thinking about it for a few minutes, the eldest of my children -- who is in his 40's decided that perhaps it wasn't such a bad idea after all. But his children, the eldest of whom is Sam age 14, laughed...

The monopod was just challenging enough for me to deal with and feel a sense of achievement at mastering its technology. I learned how to assemble it and how to turn it on and re-remembered how bluetooth works. After initially failing to successfully operate it when I pushed the handy button, I discovered once again how important it is to read the directions. Actually, to be fair to myself, I had a bit of bother finding the directions -- but that was just a momentary lapse on the learning curve! I wish I had had it in Korea. However, it will be very useful on my upcoming trip to the States when all the family will be together. Though I can understand why it is banned in several high profile places!

Yes, fellow bloggers, I am now the proud, if laughed at, owner of what is generally known as a 'selfie stick'! Click!

27 comments:

  1. I had to Google it...dementia can't be far behind.

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  2. I once ordered three boxes of stickers and received two boxes of stickers and a monopod. About the same time the president made that little video with a monopod. I sent mine bac.

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    1. I haven't seen that little video by the President, Joanne! I hope you got the third box of stickers that you ordered!

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  3. I do agree though that one has to keep mastering new skills as one gets older, otherwise brain failure creeps in. Good luck with the gadget. I go to an exercise for the over 60' class, which exercises brain and body - and I find it marvellous. In addition I never stay home if I have the opportunity to go out and do something - life's too short.

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    1. Oh, I like the sound of your exercise class -- my brain and body can use all the exercise it can get -- within reason, or course!!!

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  4. Well done you! I tend to put things together and then read the directions afterwards. I'm very impressed, have a brilliant time with it xx

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    1. I have to confess that initially, I didn't realize the directions were 'the directions'. They were on a tiny piece of insignificant looking paper. I only found them because it was obvious that unless I did it would be a long time before I figured out how to use the thing!

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  5. I wondered when you said it was banned in serval high profile places. Don't smack anyone with it.

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  6. Well, where is a picture taken with it? Does it collapse so you can put it into your purse? I may have to get one myself. :-)

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    1. Yes, it does collapse so you can put it into your purse -- as long as the purse isn't too small... I think it will be a very fun thing!

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  7. Loved hearing about your selfie stick. I've seen them. They seem to be fairly portable and work well. I take a few selfies but not enough to need the stick!!!
    I'm sure all my grands who are teens and older will have one soon if not before. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Take care of you. Hugs.

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    1. Hugs right back, Barb! So far the stick is ok!

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  8. Ah Broad, I understand the drive to keep up (somewhat) with techie stuff. My 33 year old son tells me he is "amazed" at how I blog and post pictures even...he should see all the stuff I've written about him and stored on "The Cloud" I'm not sure how amazed he would be then :) May your visit here in the states be lovely in spite of sad memorials that bring you here.

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    1. Thank you so much, Donna, for your very kind sentiments. My visit to the States will have sad moments, but it will be a wonderful thing to be surrounded by my loving family and so many friends.

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  9. I've only seen two in my life. Once was tonight. I have yet to use one and from viewing it tonight realised there is not a click button on the stick. Instead you have to count down. I therefore rummaged on my phone and found a .........timer. I am now ready to buy a selfie stick.

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    1. Anna, Amazon sells one with a button, and some have a remote control. I think it would be quite a faff to have to set the timer every time you want to snap the shutter...

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  10. I was wondering what a monopod is. Then I realised it is a selfie stick!

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    1. Yes, I had no idea they were called that until I saw the name on the box mine came in!

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  11. Well done, Broad. I too keep trying to stave off dementia, but to follow your example I'd have to get a smartphone first. :-)

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    1. Go on, Perpetua! Live dangerously -- you will love it!

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    2. LOL! I keep trying to persuade DH I need one, but he has yet to be convinced. :) We are email rather than phone people.

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    3. Tell DH that you can email on the phone -- I've even been able to blog using the phone!

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  12. Bravo, Broad! There have been times in Japan when I wish we had a selfie stick.

    Perhaps you could post a photograph of you using it.

    Not so long ago whoever thought someone would be taking a photograph with a telephone, or controlling their central heating from the other side of the world!

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  13. I thought I would have to Google monopod until you explained what it was. I only took a selfie once by mistake when my phone was on the desk and I was looking at it – the picture that I took scared me so much that I won’t do that again! I did buy an “app” for my phone last week to make my pictures look like a painting and I liked it – used it for my top picture in my current post.

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  14. A selfie stick? What’s a selfie stick? A stick to attach to a camera?

    The mind boggles.

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