Yesterday I had a wolverine moment.
It was an internal wolverine moment. Externally I was still smiling and nodding my head and saying – ok then, thanks anyway.
As you may or may not know I volunteer at the old peoples home down the road. I go shopping with them, talk to them, serve them lunch, help them on the computer. You know, just general things that their families can't be bothered doing.
And one of the old girls, Eddie, who is 87 loves spending time on the computer. She emails family, she looks around facebook, reads the news etc. And she decided she'd like to learn to make cards, greeting cards. So I said I'd help her. But the only programme they have on their computer is Publisher. And thats just proving to be a bit tricky for her. And it does take a bit of practice for anyone. I find myself walking around the centre yelling out to her
Because she can never remember she has to do that.
So I have this scrapbooking programme. You can do various projects on it, cards, pages, whatever, and it's fairly simple. So I took it up there yesterday because I thought we could install it and she could have some fun with it. But one of the girls said – you'd have to ask at the office. So off I went to see the office lady and she said no, I couldn't install it. And I said, oh, why not. And she said that they couldn't install anything on the computers without permission from head office and they'd have to come and inspect it and approve it and install it.
But then she didn't offer to ring them or anything. And it wouldn't matter if she did anyway, because I asked her months ago to find out what the password was so I could get into the settings and make the font bigger and that hasn't happened yet either.
What she did say was – what programme does it have on it.
And I said – publisher
And she said – well she'll just have to work with what she's got.
And I had this fleeting feeling of intense internal combustion.
And I just thought how hard is it to do something simple, that would give an old lady hours of fun.
Can't have that though can we. Don't want old people having fun. Using their brains. Much better to let them lie around and have their ears eaten off by mice.
And I realised then how lucky I've been to be able to work for myself these past twenty years. You know I'd almost forgotten about all the office politics and useless bureaucrats and rules and paperwork and time wasting involved in these places. And I don't think I could ever go back to it.
So I'm going to have a look around and see if I can find a free card maker online to try and download on their computer. I think it only blocks things if I try and install a disc.
So if anyone knows of something like that I'd appreciate a heads up.