Yesterday morning about 10 minutes into driving to work I thought I heard a chime coming from my car. After a few minutes I thought it must have come from the radio because when I turned the sound down the chiming stopped. Last night the same thing happened. I listen to NPR and sometimes they replay the same report so I chalked it up to that.
This morning the chime sounded again so obviously it must be coming from my car but why. I started checking my gauges and lights all normal and green. My head is spinning with thoughts like should I still be driving it, how much is this going to cost me, will I have to rent a car while it is in the shop, etc etc. Out of the corner of my eye I see a flash of green. My odometer is flashing a message at me: low wash.
My first reaction was one of relief…low wash I can handle that. My second reaction was how bizarre. My car is wired to chime at me to get my attention and then flash a message through my odometer. I have heard of this happening in the new cars but mine is a 2002 Jeep Liberty, hardly new. Personally I don’t think the odometer is the best choice for sending me a message. I only look at it when I think about oil changes and if I am using my personal car for work to track mileage. And let’s face it the message wasn’t all that important.
This brings me to the realization that there is a new basic. I can no longer buy what I would consider a basic model TV, radio, car, or any appliance really. When I went shopping for a new TV 10 years ago I wanted a basic model. I don’t have kids so gaming is not important. I don’t watch 2 channels at the same time. What the salesperson considered basic and I considered basic were very different. Now I look at my very large TV and think gosh I would love a flat screen TV if only because they take up so little room. Then I think of the hours of research that I would do to try and make sure I bought the best model and that stop in my tracks. No time and no need, my current TV works fine thank you.
A friend’s husband recently bought a new car that allows for better gas mileage. The basic model included electric locks which “back in my day” used to be considered a grand luxury.
Technology allows each generation to have it a little easier, quicker, and more comfortable. I try to keep up, really, but today I was forced to admit that perhaps technology has surpassed me.