3 days ago
Monday, March 14, 2016
Before I take you to India, I just want to say that I love Daylight Savings Time. Finally I get to enjoy an adult bed time.
Prior to the springing forward, I went to bed usually around 8:30 and then read for about an hour. Pretty much the bed time of an 8 year old. Now the clock at least says 9:30 and I still read for an hour so I have joined the adult portion of the world. Ok--I am still an early bedder but at least now it is more respectable.
When people ask me now when I go to sleep, I can proudly say, 10:30. I'm good for 6 months now feeling like a grownup. Love DST.
How are you coping with DST. I know some people loathe it.
Off to India. This week I got an alarming email from Kindle. I needed to download some updates or lose my ability to use the gadget. That terrified me. I love my Kindle. My pets being one and two, my Kindle is the third thing I will take with me in case of fire.
What scared me most to accomplish the updates was that I would need access to either wireless or WiFi as I needed to connect my Kindle to one or the other and let it work all night.
Well I have to drive 4 miles for the wireless connection that I pick up in a church parking lot and have no access to WiFi that I can use all night. I could have sent my Kindle to spend the night with a friend in town but I thought I would try plan C. That involved downloading the updates to my computer then transferring them to the Kindle.
I tried but couldn't figure it out---it turned out for good reason--so I hit the "call me now" button on the site. I was stunned for my phone rang immediately and I was told I had a one minute wait. Wow. Ten seconds later, Anna came on the line. As soon as I heard her perfect English with a decided Indian accent, I knew I was in trouble. I had crossed the ocean. I have a hard time with any accent originating outside of the US.
Anna was very patient and I pushed the phone hard on my ear so as not to miss a syllable and tried not to make her repeat herself too much. For the next hour and 15 minutes, we struggled as the process was quite complicated. There were 4 separate downloads that took about 15 minutes each to accomplish and each one had multiple steps. I was drained and I know Anna was too. She was so patient and eventually we accomplished it.
If you wish to update your Kindle, I highly recommend the over night option. The over the phone one is totally draining but if you do choose plan C, I hope you get Anna. She gives it her all.
I don't know why I have trouble with accents. British TV shows or movies make me struggle. Probably why I am the only American that didn't watch Downton Abbey. I am always missing the joke on Modern Family when Sofia speaks. Maybe it is a hearing deficit but this has been with me for all my life. Probably the main reason I could never learn another language and I have tried. Perhaps I am accent deaf.
Do you have any problems with foreign accents?
at 6:17 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti