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Sunday, January 9, 2011

I thoroughly enjoy reading the Times-Gazette.

For a number of years I had the privilege of working at the Times-Gazette as a staff writer and then as the newsroom clerk.

So when I read the paper I know the writers and feel that I have that personal connection with each of them. And I look forward to reading the columns that Sadie and Mary and John write.

On Sunday afternoon I enjoy sitting in my recliner and reading the T-G from front to back. A highlight to me is the Life and Leisure section.

I start out by finding a quaint little column called "Musings and Memories" and seeing what that Dezotell fellow had to say this week. Then I move on across the page to read "Mother Mayhem." I have to see what Buzz and his siblings have been up to, and whether the starving artist in Nashville has called home yet. Then it's back to the front page of L&L to read "Sadie Says." There I read the latest on hubby Jack and baby Dani Rae and the "first child" Lizzie.

Seeing I am not at the T-G office every day anymore I enjoy keeping up with my friends by way of the printed page.

Now John Carney's technology column I have found to be somewhat intimidating. I am the farthest thing from being tech savvy, so reading about computers and i-pads and web sites and apps and that stuff scares me a little. I'm not even sure if I know what I just said.

I am just now learning how to send a text message on my phone. I've learned you can't use the land line to send a text but you have to use your cell phone. You don't have to worry about me driving and texting. I have a hard enough time texting from my recliner.

But, guess what this non-tech-savvy individual did this week? I got a new all-in-one touch screen computer with a 23-inch screen. Of course I had to have Frank from the Geek Squad come out to the house in the snow to hook everything up (Thanks, Frank).

And here I sit in my home office with my new computer trying to figure out how to use this new version of Microsoft Word. This large screen is amazing. I don't have any trouble reading what I am typing. It sure beats that small screen of our old laptop which constantly gave me fits.

But, I am looking all over trying to figure out how to insert page numbers on the different pages of my document. Then I have to figure out how to save it and then e-mail this column to Sadie.

Maybe I shouldn't have been afraid to read those technology columns. I might have learned something about my new computer.

I did learn that I have a game on this thing where I can play a set of drums by touching the screen. And I can play a cowbell, and the cymbals, and a piano, and even a xylophone.

But where are those page numbers? Maybe I'll text my son and see if he knows.

-- Doug Dezotell is pastor of Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church, a former staff writer for the Times-Gazette, a husband, father and grandfather, and a friend to many. Doug may be reached at dougmdezotell@yahoo.com.

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