"Passwords: wrongword, keyword, guessword, whatisitword, favoritecolorword, firstcarword, firstgirlfriendtodriveinword, firstcarword, Mother'smaidennameword, dogsname, favoritesnackword...and other debilitating numbthinking recalls..."...

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February 3, 2008...somewhere between China, Japan and Russia...sitting close to the window seat and don't see any Migs or F-116's flying along, so I guess we're in a "free" flyzone...Okay, I gotta get something off my chest: Passwords...This blogit is for anyone over the age of 50 who "suffers" the same freakn embarrassment of using a website and not remembering your passwords...Now, I am of the generation, whose "generator" is still operating at a steady pace, mind you, that was introduced to the novel Apple Performa 756 I believe, a relic of sorts today, I'm sure, and after never taking an IT class to familiarize myself with the Mac-OS and other "loadins", I experienced my first "Choose a Password" direction, NOT instruction, direction...Well, at first that seemed harmless and actually quite convenient until Apple and I aged together, albeit, me with less hair and meals not missed, and Apple off on to new wellsprings of technology R&D...Ever notice the difference today between the sleek "Apps" and my non "Abbs"?...Yeah, that's why I never bought an Apple again...it hurt to much too see how handsome it had become and how "leathered" my looks became over the last 12 years...Vain you say?...Shucks no, I just don't turn the light on when I blow dry my hair...!!! Okay, back to the "theme" here, as I have a tendency to write like a Hawaiian Helicopter pilot trying to find the perfect "shot" for your experience on Maui, and he rolls left to right better than any Disney ride today, so I'm sitting in the Incheon Airport in Korea this morning, awaiting departure to Vladivstok, Russia, and find a "Wi-Fi" location in my nearby gate area...Glory, say to myself, this is going to be fun, I can check out the SuperBawl and see how the Pats and Gints are doing...(I use to live in New Joisey, just across the Hudson when I was coaching with the Nets '90-'92)...But before I know it, I have to PAY for access to the "AirLan" wireless system in order to go online...So I pay at the counter for a card, almost $5 and I'm not sure about how much "time" I've purchased, as I just wanted to go online and see the update on game...It was here that my quest for access went awry...Not only did I NOT get access, but until I "signed" in and gave a "Password", I would not be granted access...Now I'm getting about as brown as a milktoast broiled...I click everything "yes", until I come to the area of "Create New Password"...and it was here that I began to suffer "malaches" unknown to the generations below 50 today...I say to myself: "not another freakn password...and all the mundane questions and answers 'in case' I forget' my password...Now I have a dilemma: do I take the time to "use" this card this moment for the purpose of catching any information on the Super Bowl, or do I just take my card back to the counter and ask for refund and be done with messin with this program...I held out and chose to seek "New Signin Password", and here is where my story begins and ends (but not really if you know me...)...

As I began to fill out the questions and impatiently mistype all over the place, I stopped and had an epiphany of sorts: Passwords: the first signs of being old and realizing the loss of memory...Whoever the neurologist or whateverologist that came up with the scientific term: Memory Bank, was not over 50, let alone 40, as he or she did NOT know what we now know as "t-r-o-u-b-l-e", making a password that NO BODY can remember for "security reasons", including yourself...For once, I would just like to praised for REMEMBERING my Password and not being criticized for "forgetting" where I left something (Boxes, keys, wallet, passport, hat, gloves, tissues, you know the drill)...I mean when WE forget our Password and then the series of questions arise about "who you REALLY are..." well, it's then that I realize I'm a "Peking Duck"...no questions...I just want to get to the link that I signed up on two, three months ago...leave me alone already with all the freakin questions, please...!! I mean, from Expedia to CSTV to United Airlines to GoHuskies.com to aol.com to Yahoo.com to MSN online.com...to and to and to...help me Rhonda, help help help help me pullllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!!

Then, on top of FINALLY answering CORRECT the "secret" questions so someone who has a hard time remembering where he is in the middle of the night "bladder call", I don't get any feedback from answering it correctly...no "Great Job, Old Man...waytogo, young fella...You're right! You DID get the right answer after 10 mins...OR...Congratulations, you have just successfully accessed your link...we're so happy that you finally remembered who you were, are and hopefully will become..."...I mean really, isn't there anyone out there, male or female, my generation or a couple of floors lower, that agree with me on "Passwords" today and the imposition it requires to function as an Interactive adult? or Youth or Octogenarian, looking ahead here...So, here's a shoutout to Biil G and Steve B: how about "thinking" ahead to YOUR future years online and come up with a simple "access" passALLthewords so we can function without stress after the traffic jams we engage in our lives weekly...Peace...I'm outta here...more later...

Coach tom

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