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Mary's Stories

Published January 1, 2010 in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.

Most of my day-to-day contact with the outside world is through guests at the inn. The typical guest is an educated professional that is well traveled and current in the world’s events. However, it seems in keeping up with the race in technology many of my baby boomer guests, like me, are hesitating at the start line.

For instance, I have a twenty something niece who lives in Texas. She emailed me and asked me to sign up for an account on Facebook so we could do whatever one does on Facebook. I spent a couple of hours trying to open an account but could never figure out the process. A few months later I attended a seminar that had a session and very clear directions on using Twitter. So, I got on Twitter to see who I might talk to but the only person I could find was the same niece. She had Twittered several times that day with such important announcements as, “Break time, I need coffee,” “I could use a nap, didn’t sleep well,” and “Only fifteen minutes until time to go home.” I guess I failed again as I totally missed the point. For the life of me I do not understand why anyone would be interested whether I drink coffee, slept well that night, or was or was not at home.

As a gift my kids signed me up for Netflix which I really enjoy. I quickly learned how to fill my queue in order to keep the movies coming. My friend asked me if I downloaded movies to my television to which I replied that my television has a built in DVD player so I do not need to download. After she quit laughing, she explained the process of being able to get movies via television without waiting on the mail delivery. Seems all I need is some sort of box. I assured my friend that I was not interested in another device since I still have a VCR that has been blinking twelve o’clock for ten years.

As a small business owner I sometimes am forced beyond my comfort zone to modernize and update technologies that pertain to the operation of my business. These include things like wireless internet in the building, a microwave oven that has more buttons and gadgets than anyone would ever need (the clock is still on daylight savings time), a washing machine that requires a ten minute lesson for every person that has to use it, and thirteen cable boxes, one of which is always on the blink.

This past summer a similar aged guest proudly showed me his iphone. He dragged his finger across dozens of little picture that each represented some unknown value to me. I watched patiently and admired his skills as he maneuvered through the icons. He was especially pleased with his level. Seems he could put his phone on any surface and tell if it was level or not. He demonstrated on the counter and coffee tables and was pleased to inform me they were perfectly level. I was pleased that he was pleased but knew such a gadget was beyond me given I cannot even figure out how to mute my cell phone. I was recently at a Bill Walker for Governor event and my cell phone kept going off during the presentation. Thankfully, the speaker could see me struggling and was gracious about my inability to silence the rings.

I guess somewhere between the "need to know" and the "who cares" there is an interest by someone in all the technological changes occurring in our world. For the moment I am simply happy that I have the choice of a telephone with a cord or a cell phone, television that will play a DVD or Netflix on Demand, and an egg recipe from the newspaper or online.

Shirred Eggs

  • 4 teaspoons of butter
  • 6 slices of Canadian bacon
  • 12 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 12 tablespoons grated Swiss cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives
  • Salt and pepper

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter 6 crème brulee ramekins and lay one slice of Canadian bacon in bottom of each ramekin. Crack two eggs into each dish over the Canadian bacon. Season eggs slightly with salt and pepper. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

Drizzle each ramekin with one tablespoon of heavy cream then sprinkle each dish with two tablespoons of Swiss cheese. Sprinkle parsley and chives evenly over the six dishes. Return eggs to oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

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