Gadgets and Gizmos
- 25/7/2007 <--Prev : Next-->
GADGETS AND GIZMOS !
Its rather like sleeping in the cockpit of a Boeing 747 !!
There are so many flashing lights it makes one quite dizzy. If the Price Police came to take
me away, all they would need to do is to put me in a cell with continuous bright flashing
lights and I would crack after just two days without any other pressure at all....
Yes, I invite you to try out my bedroom just for one night !! Heehoo must have cast iron
eyelids, but mine must be made of a a rather more delicate fibre .... and so after nearly
thirty years of wedded bliss we must at last agree to disagree.
It has not always been like this.... when we were first married we did not have such a
plethora of gadgets decorating our marital boudoir !! In those days of yore there were no
lap top computers to flash constantly, painfully, excruciatingly all through the night like a
great all seeing menacing eyes that glow hypnotically, nay cybernetically, all night long...
No less than three cell phones festoon his bedside table, not just one, not two, but three
that flash in mesmerising hallucinating harmony all night long. (In Zimbabwe one must
possess at least one line from all three mobile servers in the vain hope that at least one
might work at least once during the average day ....)
Apart from the phones and computers there are other gadgets and gizmos with which one
must contend.... palm pilots, alarms, rechargeable torches, inverters, converters,
televisions, decoders videos, etc etc etc. all featuring one if not two bright coloured lights
either flashing or monolithically, but all cyclopean and never dormant.
And so going to bed takes rather longer than it used to in those glorious days when we
were young and carefree.... not only do we have to take our various tablets carefully, make
sure the fence alarm is working, the garden beams are working, the electric gate is
locked, the generator is switched off, all the candles are doused, the fire is carefully low
and guarded and all the non functioning taps are turned off JUST IN CASE SOME WATER
MAKES ITS WAY THROUGH TO US DURING THE NIGHT !!
But now Heehoo has been instructed to make sure there is not a single nook, a tiny
cranny, a minute crevice of light, shining from any of his electronic gadgets that might
interfere with the sleep of SheHoo during those few precious night hours that most
geriatrics are treated to in their latter years !!
Woe betide the gadget that dares to beam once it has been put to its furry bed under a
handy towel, sock or magazine.... there is no telling what awful fate might befall the Poor
Man if he nods off before the Gadgets and Gizmos have been tenderly put to beddy-
There is nothing I can do about all those radio waves, gamma waves, electromagnetic
waves that are rushing frantically around the room destroying what few brain cells we both
have left, but at least I can cover up those hundreds of all seeing electronic eyes and sleep
peacefully once again.... and with these new extended power cuts....I must be the only
person in Zimbabwe who loves ZESA !!!