I just took a tentative stroll to my local store, I say tentative because the wind is such that the snow here is barely settling and instead we have a slippery slush affair going on. Now its at this time of year that we are reminded of the need to take care of the elderly and infirm but I think that I shall have to challenge this advice.
I saw several elderly residents going about their business with impunity and certainly no sign of abject fear or trepidation but the younger generation not only caused me some concern in their perambulation but also in their apparent absence of concern
As if to confirm my fears I looked up to hear a young lady talking, not to me but to her I phone which she held out in front of her as she stormed down the road. Although her feet kept slipping she maintained the phone at the correct distance with a level of dexterity and speed of response that was nothing short of astounding,
And then came the slip, the one that passes the front of your foot and reaches your heal and more critically the slight edge at the rear of your heel that has no grip. The leg went out in front of her, she stumbled and for a minute I was preparing to go and assist her back to her feet, but following several wobbles she recovered her balance and was back in her stride.
As she passed me I just heard her say “bloody snow is terrible I nearly slipped over, why don’t they sweep the streets?” She honestly seemed to think that it was some greater authority’s problem that she was unable to walk and talk at the same time when it was snowing. I had to wonder if there was some app on her phone that was directing her to maintain the phone in the appropriate position and whether an upgrade will be available to extend this facility to the operator herself?
The thing that really astounds me about this ‘always connected’ generation is that they are able to survive where I live. My cell phone regularly loses all signal and quite frequently replaces it with a Dutch network which is of course no use to me whatsoever. My internet connection has dropped out at least 6 times whilst I have been writing this which is probably as a result of the data slipping on the snow or something equally unbelievable.
And so I must say, in defence of the younger generation, they are not lazy or idle they are simply waiting for a connection to tell them what to do! I think that we should re brand groups of hood rats hanging around street corners as ‘hot spots’ since they are probably just sharing data and after all it sounds a lot less threatening.