My new Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen can be used as a phone, this being the 21st Century. Of course, to make use of that capability, you first have to have a phone with Bluetooth (whatever the hell that is). Well, I bought one today so I can maximize the capabilities of the new car. Besides, it might be helpful at some point to have a phone in the car if I forget the new smart phone. (My head swims thinking about this stuff!)
After I finally got the car to recognize the phone, I had to try it out. “Call Chris,” I thought. The last time he called me, I was on the way to dialysis, or should have been. (The clock I was watching failed to update when Daylight Savings Time came around. I guess it isn’t new enough to pick up the signal or the old place that sent the signal no longer does it. At any rate, I was one hour late for dialysis, not a good place to be!)
So I pulled up his number after a struggle to figure out how to bring up the “page” of icons that lead me to a Wonderful World of 21st Century Telephony, where phones do everything, maybe even work as “voice communicator tools”, that is “telephones“. Hey! I found it! I even found it after a struggle on the screen in my car. Wow! Choices! Do I call him using the phone or do I call him using the car?
Seemed good that I try the car first. That was the exotic way to call, and, frankly, I was starting to get a techno-guy rush!
Chris answers. “Hello? Hello?” I heard him, but nothing I did would let him hear my end of the conversation. I fumbled with both phone and car. Chris knew it was me – caller ID – but clearly was more and more frustrated that it was dead on his end. (“What the heck is he doing up there?!” I heard his thoughts!) I gave up after a few attempts to connect and be heard on the car, then tried the phone. He heard me finally…for a short while! New phone, minimal charge? I hadn’t been home to get a proper charge on it yet. You know, I wanted to get my car to make friends with the phone so I could use my car to phone people. (Gad, we westerners are spoiled! There are people starving as I type, and I’m fussing about turning a car into a mobile phone…!)
Finally, I came in, unpacked the charging cord, plugged in the phone, and sent Chris a quick e-mail:
Just to end your concerns I’ve been abducted by aliens or finally cracked under the intense, merciless Nebraska sun, I was trying to connect my new smart phone to my car.
I got everything right (finally), but don’t know what is wrong with the audio. I heard you loud and clear. It may be that the phone doesn’t have a full charge on it yet or that I have to do something simple to get the car to accept my voice back to you (ball peen hammer, maybe?).
Anyway, I have the capability to use my car as a phone now, short of that one glitch. I will read up on the phone and car manuals to see where I went wrong.
Before long, I hope, I will have a nice car-to-car talk with you! (Andy’s on my computer giving me that “I doubt you’ll figure it out, fool!” look I sometimes get from him. That cat is too damn smart! LOL!
Hey! I also took my first photo with my new phone. It was Andy. Of course, now I have to figure out how to send it to my computer! I guess that is possible. I just don’t know how. I guess I’ll have to upload an old photo so you get a cat dose today.
Stop laughing at me, Andy!
Now Dougy’s dissing me…!
Dougy might have the answer after all!
Sorry about the lack of defined paragraphs at the top. WordPress is giving me hell today. There are, in fact, TWO spaces between paragraphs! Then, inexplicityly, indicated spacing returns later in the post.