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Quite Frankly: Technology is so present, you often forget it’s there

Technology, as CDT reporter/columnist Frank Ready found out, is so present in daily life, it’s often easy to forget it’s there.
Technology, as CDT reporter/columnist Frank Ready found out, is so present in daily life, it’s often easy to forget it’s there. The Associated Press, file

On Wednesday morning the alarm on my cellphone woke me up at 5. I was having trouble getting out of bed, so I opened my Fandango app to see what time “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was playing this weekend.

Approximately 10 minutes later I was behind the wheel of my Jeep, listening to music streaming from that same phone, which was then carried to my car speakers courtesy of a bulky black wire because I didn’t want to take a chance that the local radio station would play a song that I hadn’t preapproved.

Fortunately by the time I arrived at the gym I had cut that cumbersome wire out of the mix entirely using a pair of Bluetooth headphones synced to my phone, which was already running low on battery. It was odd because I don’t make very many calls.

When I returned home at about 6:30 a.m., I put my laptop computer on the kitchen table and went online to IMDB so that I could decide which episode of “The Golden Girls,” a series that went off the air in 1992, to stream while making breakfast because predawn television stinks and the remote was somewhere under the couch.

I fixed a bowl of oatmeal, an apple and a hard-boiled egg and brought them over to the table, where I decided that I needed a new pair of sneakers and redirected my browser to Nike.com.

After paying for my shoes and washing the dishes, I went upstairs at 7:15 a.m. to take a shower and try to brainstorm ideas for my upcoming story on “Technology Today” that didn’t make me sound like a Luddite who had wandered into the Apple Store shortly after awakening from a two-decade coma.

I got out of the shower at about 7:30 a.m. slightly cleaner but still without any ideas. Undeterred, I decided that a little research might help, so I went to Google and typed in the phrase “cat plays with yarn.”

Roughly 10 minutes later, I was on YouTube watching an interview between comedians John Mulaney and Paul F. Tompkins mostly because it was there and I hadn’t watched it in a month.

I left for work at about 9:15 a.m. and thought that the car seemed chilly. For my own peace of mind I took a quick glance at my smart watch and saw that this morning’s temperature was exactly 10 degrees, confirming my initial suspicion that it was, in fact, cold outside.

By the time I arrived at work at about 9:30 a.m., I still had no idea what I was going to write, which was OK because I still had approximately 30 minutes of emails, Facebook posts and Google News updates to get through before anything serious could get started.

Finally, at 10 a.m., I drafted a Gchat to my editor in which I argued that I was the wrong person for this story because I don’t interact much with technology on a daily basis.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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