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Computer Tyro

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Computer Tyro

After much cajoling by my kids and grandkids over the years,
I entered the computer age with great tremblings and fears.
My Selectric typewriter and encyclopedia were comprehensible to me,
Now, I'm totally bewildered and fear I'll click the wrong key!

I've read every "Computers for Dummies" book that I can.
They might as well have been written in Afghanistan!
I've mastered turning it on and shutting it down all alone,
But beyond that, little about its operation is known!

Windows pop up saying, "Your program performed an illegal operation!"
I panic knowing that I'm facing twenty years of incarceration!
Daily I'm deluged with dozens of e-mails called "spam",
Wanting to sell this and that, proffering the usual scam!

Trying to coordinate the mouse and that little arrow on the screen,
Is akin to controlling the elusive Mexican jumping bean!
I've tried to master cursors, gigabytes and the system unit;
Alas, I'm technically challenged, there ain't no doubt about it!

With this computer thing my life has assumed a baffling demension.
Icons, floppy discs and CD-ROMS are beyond my comprehension.
My eyes glaze over as I sweat and ponder what to do.
Lord, deliver me from this perdition, I need a computer guru!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 3/25/2010 2:24:00 PM
    My guru is my daughter. She has the patience of a saint. She shows me how to do something on the computor but unfortunately my retention span only lasts about 12 hours.

  1. Date: 3/25/2010 11:15:00 AM
    At last..someone understands my angst over this damned thing...smile. BG

  1. Date: 3/25/2010 9:40:00 AM
    Ha ha! Really enjoyed this one, Robert. My 'older' friend is finally treading the confusing waters of the computer-age, and this poems describes his trepidation perfectly. The gun-toting Englishman, turned cowboy, wants to use the 'bloody' machine for target practice....