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Good Riddance 2018: Shoo, Sayonara

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So this clunky year has finally gasped its last. Don’t want to boot it out the door but shoo, sayonara, s’what’s your hurry?

Saying good riddance doesn’t help, but I’m ready for a fresh new page, a newborn calendar, a clean slate. Yes. I hope it will be better than 2018 . . . or 2017.

Enough of that . . .

Just dropped in to wish YOU ALL the best for a

sparkling New Year full of promise: good

health, joy, and prosperity.

Mwah. With ALL my heart.Β 

Sign of the Times: Big Brother Amazon is Watching YOU!

Around 3:15 New Year’s Eve afternoon, my Smart TV came on. Thought the cat must have hit the remote but no, she was asleep, and the remote sat on the side table. The screen was a fury of snow and noise. I clicked back to the home page and shut it off. No sooner had I turned around, it clicked on again. More snow and no-reception noise like in the old days. Remember going off the air, rabbit ears, and antennae? I clicked back to the homepage and unplugged the darn thing. C.r.e.e.p.y.
What the heck was going on? Sent my daughter an inquiring text but no response. Impatient for an answer, I flew upstairs. Nope. Her TV not disturbed. I continued what I had been doing and decided to ignore the whole thing, hoping the TV would reset itself after I turned it back next.
The suspense was killing me. I turned on the power 15 minutes or so later. On it came again with a dialogue box about updating Amazon Prime. O-o-kay if that would make this silliness go away, I’d play but wait, I am NOT a member of Amazon Prime. I backed out after I agreed OK and shut down again. Ten minutes later, I held my breath and plugged in again. No more recurrences of unsupervised, uninitiated, and unwelcome TV interaction. This is the first occurrence since the TV fell into my lap about 1-1/2 years ago.
We do not have an Alexa or Google Home. Is Amazon watching because of my Smart TV anyway? Would the situation be worse if I had a monster TV (as I can only dream about)?
Food for thought. Is technology becoming too invasive?

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

14 thoughts on “Good Riddance 2018: Shoo, Sayonara

  1. Wow, Tess! TV weirdness! Yes, let’s hope for a peaceful, happy & healthy 2019. Nice to see you! πŸ₯³πŸŽΆπŸŽ‰Christine

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  2. An interesting question. I am sure the answer is yes. Happy new year.

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  3. That would totally weird me out also. My daughter and son-in-law have a smart TV but they purposely got one without a microphone in it.. if that thing turns it’s self on, my daughter will call a priest and have am exorcism performed and we aren’t even Catholic…lol! Happy New Year!! Here’s to a better year for all of us! πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚

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  4. Alexa is a spy, I am convinced of it! We are under surveillance whether we have one or not. Anyway, Happy New Year to you, I hope 2019 is a good one!

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  5. You too. Hope it’s a perky year for you

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  6. Happy New Year, Tess πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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  7. Happy New Year Tess! All of these ‘smart’ devices are indeed up to something πŸ˜‰

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  8. Happy New Year! Hope 2019 has good things in store for you.

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  9. My Smart TV is a decade old so don’t have these problems. You make me want to keep the old thing.

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  10. It’s so fantastical to read a post from you. Wishing you a much Happier, Healthier and totally Awesome New Year that brings you back to writing again! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year, Tess!

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  11. Your TV is haunted lol! Good to hear from you and I wish you the best for the coming year.

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  12. No idea about the TV , but I want to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy New Year.πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  13. Happy New Year, Tess. I would not have any confidential conversations in front of that TV. I’m just saying.

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  14. That does sound odd. Well maybe the TV will start making dinner. That would be a nice perk. At any rate wishing you a Happy 2019!

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