Just Because I have Gray Hair?
I don’t know what it is about me that makes people think that I am totally inept or stoopid, when I ask in a store, to see something to do with technology.
Especially, newer stuff.
I just can’t imagine, what it is!
It has to be my charm, wit and good looks. Harold please stop you are being so freaking annoying – as usual.
Yesterday, I was at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Augusta, because I wanted to see the new Garmin Forerunner 35, up close and personal.
I have been doing some research on it, since my old 310XT GPS watch isn’t as reliable as it once was and has some issues uploading the data. Plus Mary has gotten tired of my whining and has offered to get me a new GPS watch for Christmas, since I use it almost everyday.
This might not have been exactly what was said, but it sure as hell captures the gist of what happened.
I stepped up to the front counter, where they keep the GPS watches and this “young fella” (he was in his 20’s – yes I am jealous) came up and asked to help me.
I asked. “Can I look at the FR 35 and he looked at me with a “huh” look.
I then re-asked the question “Can I look at the Garmin Forerunner 35? That black watch in the front row.”
I pointed to it.
Him. “Oh the new GPS watch from Garmin”.
He then proceeded to ask me what I was going to use it for. In that tone of voice that just says “it can’t possibly be for you”.
Now I am dressed in a bright safety green long sleeve tech shirt, same color ball cap, Nike running shoes and nylon windpants. I know that I had a certain air about me because I had finished running 4.o miles about 45 minutes earlier and hadn’t showered yet.
Nope, I guess I don’t look or smell anything like a runner ;-).
However, I was nice and replied, “Primarily for running.”
Then he started in on his spiel on how great Garmins were for running and that they had a nice assortment of GPS watches for doing just that.
N0 biggie, but I just wanted to look at the FR 35 and asked if I could look at it again.
He asked. “Have you ever used a GPS watch before?”
Ummm guy, I am wearing a Garmin FR 310, which is a honking huge arse GPS watch and it is fairly noticeable sitting there on my wrist. I just showed him my wrist.
I pointed to the FR 35 in the case again and said “that one”.
At that point, I really, really wanted to say something caustically sarcastic, but I stopped and was a good boy.
“So you’re a runner?” he stated, with that “shocked” tone of voice as he handed me the FR 35.
I just nodded, purposely didn’t say anything and started to compare the FR35 to my 310 and was pretty impressed with the difference in size. You know how much smaller the FR 35 is.
He kept yakking in the background about how far GPS technology has come, how much lighter the FR 35 was and was much more wearable as a daily wear watch than what I was wearing.
All true, but…
Just shut-up guy and let me look at the FR35 in peace.
He kept on voicing his opinions and yakking about how much things had changed since I had gotten that old GPS watch. I really think that he thought he was being helpful to the doddering old fool in front of him, but the more he kept yakking the more annoying he was getting.
His voice and attitude were beginning to bug me and I decided enough was enough.
I asked him how accurate the wrist optical heart rate monitor on the FR 35 was, compared to a chest strap heart rate monitor and if it was compatible with Garmin’s Footpod. Did it incorporate Glosnost GPS technology, in addition to regular GPS?
He just looked at me like I had two heads.
But he stopped talking for a minute and asked to look at the FR 35 box. He says “Oh it does have a built heart rate monitor.”
I just replied “Yes, it does, that is one of the reasons I am interested in getting it and it also has an accelerometer for running inside on the treadmill/indoor tracks and I was wondering if it was compatible with the Garmin foot pod I have or if I could only use the acceleromotor?”
His response was. “Ummm, a, ummm, I, I”
“Also how does it connect to my smart phone, can it notify me of phone calls or texts and can I adjust the volume on my phone or not, with the watch.” I pulled out my phone to emphasize the point.
At that point I stopped. I was starting to be mean and it was very apparent that I knew a lot more about the FR 35 than he did.
I didn’t want to act like a complete ass and show him up.
I said “Don’t worry about it, I have been using GPS watches, besides this old dinosaur pointing to my FR 310XT, for a while now and have been researching FR 35 to see if I want it as a Christmas present or not. I know it has most of the features I want and I only wanted to look at it, to check out how large it was compared to my old watch.”
“You can put it away now, my wife will probably be around sometime in the next week or so, to pick one up as my present. Thanks and have a great day.”
He was holding the FR 35, so I turned around and walked away, before I my quick wit and sarcasm got the better of me and got me thrown out of the store.
He mumbled something incoherent and I went up back to get a pair of LockLaces for my Adios Boost 3’s – which turned out to be a good choice. That is a different story.
I know that I have a lot of gray hair, a few jowls forming and probably look kind of goofy, but really…I get tired of being stereotyped as a Luddite or doddering old fool, when it comes to technology.
Being an old fool is one thing, but…
Oh well, I guess it comes with the territory or the gray hair, but damn, sometimes it just irritates the hell out of me.