By Jody Worsham
All right reserved for Frequent Geek Trips
The Geek Squad, I imagine, was started by somebody's grandchild who constantly had to program his grandparents' DVD player, change their digital clocks to daylight saving time, identify all buttons on their cell phones, and set up their computers. Then he had to translate 21st century terminology into Boomerisms. For Example:
Tweet= formerly what the birds did but now a shorter form of texting with stalking capabilities.
Facebook= previously known as a picture album, but now a way for people you've been trying to avoid for 30 years to find you.
DVD= a shiny mirror thing that has movies on it, not underwear for a dyslexic grandpa
Update= What your computer will do whether you want it to or not and then you have to call for help…again.
Cut and Paste= what you used to do with scissors and glue but you now do with a mouse, not the live or dead kind but the kind attached to your computer.
Keyboard= a typewriter without the throwback thing or that annoying bell.
Blog= a diary that everybody can read whether you want them to or not.
Blogger= Gossip, know-it-all, motor mouth on a keyboard
Blog roll= Not the fruitcake log you got for Christmas but a list of stories you read when you accidently find them on your computer
Internet= world-wide party line
E-bay= formerly known as the Sears Catalogue or newspaper want ads
Webcam= An electronic Peeping Tom.
Lap Top= Not a dance at a men's club but a small computer you can put on your lap
Netbook= Not a book about nets but a small lap top (see above)
Giga bytes= Not Texas size chigger bites, but a measure of storage capacity for your computer
Social network=quilting bee where there is no quilt and you don't have to provide refreshments.
Apple=not a fruit but the kind of computer you should have gotten in the first place
Recycle bin= like your pantry with the canned peaches from 1939 and mismatched cups and saucers, formerly known as a trash can.
Jitterbug= a dance from the 1940's now a telephone with big numbers, loud speakers, and a live person on call 24/7 who can dial, forward, answer for you and call you by name, also what I'm going to get you for Christmas next year
Spam=pretty much what you think it is except it isn't meat and it doesn't come in a can.
1-800-CALL-THE-GEEK = the number you call when you've lost your remote, hit delete, see a blue screen, have a call on hold for more than two hours, time to switch clocks to daylight savings time, or need me to open the childproof medicine bottles.
I don't care who started the Geek Squad, I'm just glad they did. When I can't find a ten-year-old to solve my electronic problem or open my aspirin bottle, I head for the store with the nearest Geek. No need to ask which counter to go to. You just look for the longest line of people with the most white hair, the thickest glasses, and the computers with the most pink stickers on the bottom!