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Jumping to Conclusions

Jumping to Conclusions

It has occurred to me recently that I jump to conclusions entirely too often. I like to figure things out and, given a set of circumstances, it’s interesting and instructive to try to reach some plausible conclusions. But too often when I do, the conclusions are wrong.

Let’s take the last time I had to put my Mazda wagon into the shop as an example. I knew that when you take a car to a mechanic with a problem, you don’t diagnose the cause, no matter how much you think you know about cars. The Mazda was missing under a load, and rather than tell my men at the auto repair shop what was causing it (coulda been a lot of things, really), I simply reported that it was missing. They ran computer codes on the car and came up with nothing from that. Their surmise was that I had gotten some bad gas (and I had eaten Mexican the day before…sorry, couldn’t resist) and they put in some additives to combat the problem, telling me to run the gas in the tank down to let the additives work, and then get some gas that was a known good quantity.

A couple of days later, the “check engine” light came on. And went off. And came on. I tried tightening the gas cap and nearly twisted the threads off, but the light came on. What’s worse, it started flashing. I called the repair shop and the owner’s daughter, who is the receptionist, told me to bring it in ASAP because the engine could stop dead at any time. I drove it right over.

Long story short, the engine codes showed a burned out spark plug coil. I didn’t know that spark plugs had coils. Apparently, when many (most, really) car engines went to fuel injection, the coil moved from the, well, coil which serviced all the plugs to an individual coil for each plug. Sounds personal and cozy, doesn’t it? I thought so.

So, they replaced the coil and the Mazda again has the smoothly running brute of an engine I have come to expect.

What are the “takeaways,” as people like to call them nowadays, in this?  First, as I wrote earlier, don’t jump to conclusions. Second, I (and other people) don’t know as much as we think we do. Third, even experts can be wrong for a while, but they (or someone else) usually figures it out.

I’m going to do better at keeping an open mind, not jumping to conclusion, being sure of what I do and don’t know, and realize that in so many areas, I am decidedly not an expert. Although sometimes I do figure things out, such as recently when I figured out how to remove all the Facebook contacts that kept showing up on my iPhone. Really, though, that wasn’t a matter of using logic and knowledge as it was continuing to press buttons until I achieved the desired outcome. I’m good at that, at least.

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Smart Phone, Dumb User

It's too much! Make it stop!

It’s too much! Make it stop!

So, I had an iPhone and liked it. It was easy to use and kept me up on what was going on. Then the battery went dead. And because I am cheap, I ordered a battery and tried to replace it myself. Uh-oh, problemo. I tore the phone up trying to put it together, so I needed a replacement. The friendly folks at AT&T waived the time remaining on my contract since we have been with them since 1999, so I got a nice free Samsung Galaxy 4 or some other number between 1 and 10. That’s when the trouble started. I liked being able to keep up, but answering a call required that I (1) swipe the screen and (2) slide a circle on the screen over. That was hard to do with one hand after I had gotten the phone out of my pocket. I missed a number of calls and then had to go through more contortions to get the voice mail, if I could figure out I had voice mail.

After a couple of months of this frustration, I decided I needed a nice dumb flip phone to solve my telephonic problems, so I called the nice people at AT&T and said I wanted to downgrade my phone. The nice lady on the line said I wasn’t eligible for an upgrade yet. Apparently they don’t get too many requests to downgrade, so I repeated my request. She allowed as how I could get a “Go Phone,” which is a phone without a contract, so I did. I also could send in my smart phone from the infernal regions and get money for it, which more than paid for the Go Phone. I was money ahead!

The Go Phone arrived and “all” I had to do was put the SIM chip (phone identity thingie) from my old phone into the new phone. Unfortunately, the SIM chip was smaller than the allotted slot in the new phone, so I hied myself over to the internet and found instructions on how to make a small SIM chip holder out of an old credit card. Through skill, patience, perseverance and using a new X-acto blade, I made said SIM chip holder. I put it in the new phone and it worked! And all my contacts (200 of  ’em) were there! Couldn’t figure out how to move my calendar over to the new phone but I had kept a paper backup (always keep a backup, boys and girls!) and went back to using that. I sent the old phone off to AT&T where it was changed into a nice credit on a little card. How precious! How spendable!

So, I’m not up with it as I used to be, but I can answer calls by flipping open my phone. And after all, I’m still listening to CD’s. Rock on, boomers! Sometimes (not always) the old ways are the best ways!

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