An equal opportunity offender — across generations

It’s weekend. Late afternoon.
I’m driving on a country road.
On my way to a party

I reach an intersection and make a right
Another winding country road. Beautiful blue skies. And open fields.
But I’m not sure I’m on the right road.

As I’m approaching another intersection I’m looking around.
On the side of the road I see a few cows, happily grazing.

So I slowed down to ask for directions:
“Mrs. Moo, should I make a left? Or a right?”
Moo gives me a confused look.
I’m probably talking too fast.
Or it’s my accent.

What to do now?
Well, I pull on the side of the road. And turn my phone on. Activate  location. And speak in the address.
“You are 5 minutes away from your destination.” Said the familiar voice from the phone
“Good to know, genius!” I grumbled.

* * * * *

I like technology. It makes my job so much easier.
At the same time I don’t want to be connected 24/7
So I take breaks whenever I can.
I turn off my computer. And my phone.

On a recent weekday morning, fresh from a longer “off-the-grid” break, I log into my computer.
Needing to catch up on my messages.
One of my friends sent me a link to an app for my phone.
I keep on reading my messages. And there is that link again — from another friend.

Now I burst out laughing.
These two friends of mine don’t have much in common with each other.
(Maybe the age is a contributing factor — one is 30 year old; the other is 80 year old.)
Yet, their messages are so similar: the link sent; and the tone of the message.
I can tell they are both slightly annoyed with me (for not being available when they wanted to talk).

Hmm, an equal opportunity offender.
I manage to annoy my friends equally — across generations : )

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Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru, an Eastern European transplant, fell in love with her new home shortly after landing in New York. She "discovered" pizza! Years later she still loves pizza. And so do her two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper

Mariana worked on both, the east and the west coast.
Big or small, each project she worked on helped define the importance of gaining and sustaining a competitive edge in an increasingly complex business environment.

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