Progress. Depends on your definition.
It usually means something else I won’t understand, they’ve changed the recipe in a favourite meal, or some new fancy option has been added to WP, mobiles, or the internet.
Progress means demolishing perfectly good houses to put up apartment blocks for the megga rich, or compulsory purchase of familiar corner shops and family businesses to make way for a shopping mall or road improvements.
Phones are no longer things confined to the house or a red call box on a street corner. Those that remain no longer have A and B buttons, but slots for whatever credit card you have in your pocket. The same goes for car parks, pay using your mobile phone. Soon physical cash could be a thing of the past.
It took me two years to realise my Nokia mobile sent and received text messages, and we only found out what the beeps meant because I was trying how to modify the ring volume.
All I asked of it was to make and receive calls should an emergency arise when I was out.
I’m an old fashioned girl. You know, have pen will travel?
Give me a list of figures (20-30) and I can add them up without a calculator or a computer.
I test myself on small shopping trips and stun the cashier by having the right money before she’s rung them up. OK I admit I’m a bit slower now, so you could say it helps that I’ve been stuck in the queue for ten minutes.
You could see Progress as another word for ATI………..All Things Internet.
Or a new way of saying ‘We’ve found a short cut to save money’ when you should really read that as ‘We’ll use inferior quality materials/ingredients’.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for mod cons like central heating, indoor plumbing, running hot water, automatic washing machines, microwaves, freezers and electricity to run them, plus being able to drive, jetting off to see Bro in NZ (once, how I wish it was more often!), to participate in blogging, have email and access to fast food.
However, so much seems to depend on chips of another sort, being On-line, and mail order as high street shops don’t keep as much stock now.
Makes you wonder what will happen when all that fails, and you switch on to…….. nothing.
Remember those old fashioned writing tools called pencil and paper, accounts packages called ledgers?
Progress would start with an eraser then rather than crossings out.