01 March 2012

Miracles of Modern Technology

On Valentine’s Day, I sent my father an email with a link to an article in the online local paper near his house, about the reopening of a semi-major road that had been closed since Hurricane Irene. He doesn’t actually “do” email, though, and he wasn’t in his office anyway, so his secretary printed the email, added a handwritten note that she’d been “unable to open the attachment” (which wasn’t an attachment, it was a URL), and faxed the piece of paper to the home of the person with whom my father was then staying.

My father picked up the now cryptic fax, cryptic because the original email had been all about the URL, and the linked-to article wasn't included, and you can’t click a URL on a piece of paper, you need those glowing bits and bytes. He scribbled a question mark next to my name, and put the fax in an envelope. This envelope then went home with him, two states away, where he added a stamp and dropped it at the post office.

It arrived in my mailbox yesterday.

Did you get that?

  • Email from A to B.
  • Fax from B to C.
  • Envelope transported from C to D.
  • Envelope mailed from D to A.

Next time a bridge reopens, I’m going to call him. If nothing else, it’ll be quicker.

13 comments:

Heide said...

This is brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

Pinky said...

I love that. It would never even occur to me to email anything to him, for all those very reasons.

Quiana said...

Oh wow! That is incredible.

De said...

Hilarious! He's obviously the same vintage as my parents.

Stimey said...

If only someone had used the telegram or Morse code, the circle would be complete.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Love Stimey's comment.

Mental P Mama said...

LOL. And, gah.

nicole said...

HAHAHA. amazing. Great story.

alejna said...

I have this very strong urge to print out the URL for this post, jot down a comment, and send it to you in the mail. Sadly, I cannot fine your snail mail address. (Also, I'm almost out of stamps.) (Wait, that's not true, I have pages and pages of stamps from the 70s. You should send me your address.)

Patois said...

This is hilarious.

Kelley @ magneto bold too said...

I am pretty sure that if we did our genealogy we would be related.

V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios said...

So funny!!!

Rima said...

Somehow I don't think this is what Al Gore had in mind when he invented the internet ;)