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By Godofredo M. Roperos

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


ONE day last week, I ran out of cell phone load. Each time I tried to send a message, I received a response that my message sending had failed and that I should check out the details or something.

My teenage great-granddaughter then remarked that I must have run out of load. She suggested that I load up. I sent my great-grandson to buy me P100 worth of load from the agent of the cell company whose “SIM card” I have been using.

My Nokia cell phone was given to me as a gift a few years back after I lost an earlier one in Surigao during coverage. The unit had depreciated much in pawn value, from P4,000 then to barely P500 now. But just the same, it is still useful and serviceable.

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Anyway, I purchased a P100 load a week ago, late in the afternoon. But I “lost” it to a load thief, I was told. It seems that when I had the load bought late in the afternoon, I should have registered or acknowledged it in my cell phone otherwise, as it happened, someone would “steal” it.

My messages have remained unsent. When I asked my grandnephew to inform the agent about it, I was told that there was nothing he could do since the P100 load was already “sent” to me, according to his record book.

Poor me. The terms in this new technological vocabulary are so “in" with our young people but are so “out” of my world. Our young ones are adept and skilled in understanding words like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube while I get in trouble with terms like wi-fi, internet, email, download and upload--terms that add to my ignorance of the language of our young.

Today, the communication system of our youth amazes me no end. They are able to communicate even to the very young, like the three years old and up who can now tinker with cell phones, laptops, androids and i-pads, and know brand names such as Nokia, Samsung, Lenovo, Cherry Mobile, etc.

Truth to tell, I was reluctant to part with my manual typewriter decades ago, until I was forced to in San Francisco.

Now, back to the incident that pushed me to write this complaint about the way our purveyors of modern-day communication services seem to take advantage of us, senior citizens, by putting all sorts of add-ons to their services. Imagine my great grandchildren playing such games as Candy Crush, Fruit Ninja, Flappy Bird, Space Racing 3D, etc. on cell gadgets even late into the night and early in the morning.

Meanwhile, my life now is all the more confusing when I have to write on this new-fangled machines to catch up with deadlines that are set so close and so early because now you can use fast-working machines of the most recent technology. When before I would write leisurely, now I have to catch up with deadlines because the media world is moving faster.

Ah, but hail to the romance of the race. The cell phone dilemma does make life and its romance even sweeter, and more breathtaking.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 14, 2014.

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