You might know that the one and only time I don't have a pen and paper to hand somewhere in my pocket or bag or car I will need one.
I am the owner of a laptop, a kindle, a fancy phone that I can use hands free in the car 'cos the car has a 'press this button on the dashboard' and just like ET you can phone home..or anywhere.. facility, yet through ignorance or being a scaredy cat and thinking I will break the world wide web or laziness or a mixture of all three, I am barely scratching the surface with how to use any of them.......I just need to read emails, use the internet and take photographs. So I was cross with myself about an hour ago when I seemed to lose the ability to use any technology and wished with all my heart that I had a pen and paper in my grasp.
The reason? well this afternoon I was sat in traffic minding my own business when with a loud thwack a car went into the back of mine. I got out to see that someone had gone into the back of him...thus causing the domino line of cars...me at the front.
I'm not very quick thinking but as I got out of my car I grabbed my phone. The two young lads behind me both had their phones and after agreeing that we were all ok and that we needed to swap details, I felt like such a fool when I could'nt remember my insurers name and then felt even more foolish when the lad at the very back wondered why I was taking so long to put his name and # into my phone...slowly and precisely it was one letter or digit at a time and I have never felt like such an old duffer in all my days...my fingers were a little shaky and he spotted it and then volunteered to do it for me so I handed my phone over and 'whoosh' just like every other young person in my life the info was there. He was driving a sporty bmw with a personalised plate and he initially denied being the cause of the collision. Whatever.......I just hoped that I looked a little more in control when I took some pictures.....number plates and location etc., before he said 'alright here then?' and sped off.
The young chap who went into the back of me seemed to be a bit worried about how this will now proceed and seemed far more concerned than young Mr BMW.........of the three of us, the chap at the very back (the cause) was young and unconcerned and confident, the middle guy seemed a little older and fed up and anxious and unsure of himself, and I felt about 100 years old! Sigh.........