Wifey says we are living in the future.
OK, I know that not everyone will understand her comment, so I who do know what she’s saying, will explain it for you.
Wifey means the computer world is expanding so rapidly it seems like what is new today, will soon simply be accepted as part of every day life. What is new today will be ho hum tomorrow. And what seems like magic today will just be the boring norm tomorrow.
All this was prompted by our attempt to decorate our snowbird place in Arizona. Since we are in Chicago, and our Arizona place is in Arizona, perhaps you can understand the problem. We are working with a decorator in Arizona, a painter in Arizona, and making decisions here: 1,800 miles away.
Our painter told us he wanted to use Behr Paints from Home Depot. He felt the quality was excellent and the price reasonable. Thus Wifey is now a regular at the paint counter at our local HD where she and “Danny” are on a first name basis.
So how did this occur?
Wifey spoke to the decorator in Arizona who we will call K. She asked K to visit the house, suggest colors in Behr Paint, which we could see at our local Home Depot. Simple.
Nothing is simple when you are working at a distance.
K went to the house, and contacted Wifey with her paint suggestions. Like many decorators, she heard what she wanted to hear; and sent us a number of paint numbers we could view at HD to see what we liked best.
Did she send Behr Paint numbers?
You know the answer… of course not! Instead she sent colors available from a West Coast company called Dunn-Edwards. (Dunn-Edwards paints are about 30% more costly than Behr!).
Everything is possible today, so Wifey (me too) began her conversations with the very helpful Danny at HD. He couldn’t find any of the numbers for the paints K suggested in his computer, which has most of the competitions (Lowe’s, Ace, etc.) on file.
No Dunn-Edwards since it is only available in California, Arizona and New Mexico.
See the problem?
Wifey is anything but someone who takes crap lying down. She went on line, ordered paint swatches from Dunn-Edwards and waited for the mailman to arrive.
A few days later the various swatches arrived. Back to Danny at HD. And here’s where the story about the future wends its way back into our narrative.
Danny took the swatch Wifey selected, put it on his computer and had it scanned. For a mere $3 Danny mixed a can of paint, which miraculously matched exactly to the Dunn-Edwards sample swatch.
Not a big deal to Wifey’s eldest, but to us, it was damn near a miracle! Now the proper colors for the two basic colors for painting in Arizona would be on the Scottsdale Home Depot computer, which our painter could easily access, and order.
The painting is done and according to my daughter, it looks great. Through an additional miracle of modern communication, she took photos on her I Phone and sent them to us so we could see the results of the work.
Now for those younger readers, this is no big deal. But to us old farts, these are modern miracles. After all, 10 years ago there were no smart phones, no paint matching scanning computers, nor many of the ultra modern conveniences, which we now are beginning to take for, granted.
As usual, Wifey is right! We are living in the future.
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