The Great Thing About Technology

By Susan Brown


The great thing about technology is that it saves so much time.​​ I mean, seriously, how did​​ I used to​​ get​​ anything done?

For example, this morning I admit my dogs woke me up – they do this whole sun is shining,​​ birds are singing thing.​​ So we wandered outside into the cool, fresh morning for them to do their business and for me to wake up a little more slowly.​​ It would have been a completely​​ Zen​​ experience except my alarm went off and I had to race in and mute it before the music I need to blast myself awake, does the same for the whole neighborhood.

A bit later, I got my coffee (I had to redo the pot because there was a brown-out and the automatic timer blinked back to midnight – incredibly irritating), and set out for work.​​ Technology and fuel-efficient cars let me live a​​ long way out.​​ My smartphone’s traffic report showed that my usual route was black, so I went the alternate​​ way​​ they suggested.​​ 

Very pretty drive.​​ No traffic – the other suckers were​​ crawling along the highway.​​ But the GPS didn’t mention that some farmer was hauling a load of hay with his tractor at 7 miles an hour.​​ So I was a bit late (okay really late).​​ I slipped in, no problem, but my computer time-stamped when I started on my project.​​ My boss had a bit to say…or email about it.​​ Wish she hadn’t cc’d the whole team.

Got through the day.​​ Facebook​​ and Instagram were​​ going crazy with everyone’s getting-their-kids-ready-for-school​​ posts​​ (pictures were really cute – and they found some great sales).​​ The people in Florida were on my case from the first minute​​ (don’t any of them have kids?).​​ I can’t help it that their workday starts three hours before mine, and they were waiting for me to forward my part of the project.​​ 

We did a video conference call​​ using​​ the company’s new program (still beta testing).​​ There was no sound.​​ Hilarious watching everyone mouthing their reports,​​ holding notes up​​ to their​​ screens,​​ or hearing the sound flicker in and out like an old time horror show.​​ Made my day.

I needed to go to the​​ pharmacy​​ but I couldn’t slip out​​ early to beat the commute because of the security camera and computer time stamp. I’d finished my​​ part of the​​ project​​ (waiting for the Hong Kong office to review it…but they’re 8 hours behind).​​ Nick was supposed to give me some figures but his computer crashed and he had to rebuild the spreadsheet, so I played a game on my phone until the battery started flashing.​​ 

Eons later,​​ I got out of there.​​ I waved at the security camera – gives Tony (who is stuck behind a bank of monitors all day) at least a little human contact.

At the pharmacy, the woman ahead of me had had her prescription rejected by the insurance computers.​​ The pharmacist was pretty sure it was a glitch and​​ promised​​ to fax the doctor’s office for a new authorization but it took awhile to sort out.​​ They were great to her and gave her enough medicine to get her through a couple of days.​​ The pharmacist is one of the good guys – he was willing to take on an insurance​​ computer to keep the woman from ending up in the hospital.

Finally,​​ I got home.​​ I zapped something​​ in the microwave and sat down to watch TV.​​ Yeah, I know, 500 channels and nothing worth watching.​​ I was going to read, but I dropped my Kindle yesterday and it will be another day before the replacement gets here.​​ So I ended up throwing a ball for my dogs (they have no interest in Netflix).​​ The sunset was gorgeous.​​ I tried to snap a photo, but my phone had died.

So I just sat with my dogs, breathing​​ the cooling air, and watching​​ the pink and orange of the setting sun shimmer across the whole sky.

I thought of going in to plug in my phone so I could text my friends about it, but for some reason I didn’t​​ really​​ want to move.​​ Not even to save some time.



About The Author

I love to write! And I love to write for teens. Since I was a kid, bored with school, I’ve been making up stories. Eventually I became a journalist, got married, had kids, adopted dogs and started writing books in earnest. Three followed, plus two more co-authored with Anne Stephenson.

I’ll be publishing a half dozen new books in the next year or two, some fantasy and some realistic which I hope will appeal to teen readers – I’ve had quite a few kids read them and gotten a thumbs up! Check out my website at