Old Fashioned Skills – who still has them?
We are slowly but surely, venturing into unknown territory when it comes to the world wide web. Like most people, we too find it hard to keep up with all the new gadgets, social networking sites, uploading, downloading, stats, news, and everything online!
Thankfully, I love it all! I can’t get enough of Facebook – my personal page allows certain games (Bejeweled, Lexulous, Geo Challenge and a few others) and I dare anyone to try and beat my scores hahaha! Our facebook page for Salsa and Salsa tends to stick to just Salsa and Salsa, with photos, videos (well, one for now, but I encourage you guys to send us your videos of the tour, so we can post and share it with other Facebookers!) as well as lots of fun comments.
Tripadvisor is another forum which grabs a lot of my attention. As most of you know, we have been trying hard to reach #1 on Tripadvisor and we are just about there…this week we reached #2, we were stuck on #4 for months!! What a relief to jump from 4 to 3, then 3 to 2.
Now we’re knocking on #1’s door, ready to kick it down and take it off it’s hinges! hahaha. It’s all about the reviews on that site, so if you haven’t reviewed us, go ahead and take a second to do so, it might just be the review that gets us to #1!
Our blog, of course, is always enjoyable to write and we love reading the comments from our readers. The blog world is truly new to us both, and I myself (and I’m sure I can speak for Leonique) am amazed at how one person’s thoughts can reach another person who may just be on the other side of the world! Awesome.
We have yet to venture into Twitterland…so many guests on the tour have said “NOOOO! Don’t do it!” – I’d like to hear from you guys – should we Twitter or should we not?! What’s the biggest difference between Twitter and Facebook – aren’t they the same thing? My understanding is that Twitter is simply just status updates. No photos, no videos, no comments, just status reports… so if this is correct, what’s the point? But I am willing to hear you Twitterers out (ok, I just made that name up, I wonder what the real term is), I am certainly opened to hearing from you and being swayed to the dark side…
Cruise Critic is another forum which we have yet to join, although I know A LOT of cruisers frequent there. Should we join Cruise Critic too? How did you hear about us?
Sometimes I feel it’s all too much – all the technology – but truth is, where would we be without it? I have yet to get an iPhone, although I had my eye on it months before its release, I am fighting the urge to just spring for it – I mean, who doesn’t need a gadget that can identify a song from simply holding the phone up in the air? Or want to see if your table is wonky, hold the iPhone up and use the Spirit Level app that comes with the phone (that one made me laugh!) I was actually out with a friend at a restaurant when she pulled it out, checked the level of the table, and called the waiter over to let him know (I’m not joking, the funniest part of the story is the waiter just looked at her and said “ok, thanks?” hahaha)
With that in mind, I take a step back and think where would we be without all this technology?
Skype helps me communicate with friends and family overseas, for free (if you haven’t heard of Skype, check it out – show your phone company that you have had enough of their ridiculous prices! and add the words “Skype Me” to your web talk repertoire). I have to really rack my brain to think of items I can do without these days… I can certainly do without a car. Even living in Mexico, I can find my way around easily, cheaply and without the added cost of gas, insurance, license costs, highway tolls and all the other costs that are inflicted on drivers. I have been here for six years and have had no need (or desire) to buy a car. On top of that, I feel very proud of the fact that I am doing my part in not contributing to the world’s pollution problem.
Computer – gotta have it. No question about it – I could go without all the other things, but gotta have my laptop!
What can you go without? More importantly, what can’t you go without? Most of you will realize that it is hard to come up with the go without list…but try, it’s a good test on coming to terms with the fact that most of us surround ourselves with things we don’t really need. We are all very lucky to live in a world that allows us to buy buy buy, all in the name of keeping up with technology. I mean, I’ve fallen a victim to it – but I try hard to make up for it by giving back to the environment, spending time in nature (in other words, stepping away from the computer and getting outside!) and occasionally reverting back to the old fashioned ways, like riding a bike, drawing a picture (rather than taking a picture), whipping cream or eggs with a whisk (lol) and using a molcajete instead of a hand blender (double lol).
Food for thought…what old fashioned skills do you posses?
Till next time,