Thursday, 13 January 2011

Confusion reigns!

Sometimes things get so confused don't they? I recently wrote a post which contained mention of the Queen. Of course I meant our Queen, Queen Beatrix, but not everybody cottoned on to that fact immediately. Not to worry though, I have some very clever readers and you all got there in the end. However, as a result of that post, I've had an e-mail conversation with Gattina, which had us both wondering about the other. Here's how it went:

On 8 January 2011 17:13, Gattina wrote:

I first misunderstood I thought you were talking about THE QUEEN, but you talk about your Queen! Because THE QUEEN is a big computer fan!

I don't know why, but I realized that I am the only one my age (67) who is an internet blogger etc freak except the 86 year old mother of my neighbor, lol! All the others think computers bite. Three people found me on Facebook, where I am only to see the pictures which my son puts there. A friend from 1968 living now in Thailand, another living now in Finland and the only cousin Mr.G. has! they saw each other when they were 6 years old, lol! and thanks to Skype I can see little grandson in Amsterdam!

On 9 January 2011 12:39, Mara wrote:
She is The Queen. Just our The Queen!

My mother is still computer illiterate, partly out of choice, partly because my dad is afraid to teach her: she won't be away from the computer anymore then, just spending every spare minute doing something or other. Or so my dad fears...

On 9 January 2011 16:33, Gattina wrote:

That will never work! Mr. G's profession was Computer and Programmer analyst, I didn't learn anything from him, we just started to fight. If she really wants she has to learn it with someone else and get her own computer. I have to admit that he showed me the basic things like how to use internet and send an email but all the rest I learned by myself.

On 9 January 2011 16:59, Mara wrote:

Right now she's not really interested in learning either. She prefers spending time making lace or watching television. She watches every single sport known to man! If it moves and there's a game element involved: she will watch it. She's worse than my Dad!!!

On 10 January 2011 09:20, Gattina wrote:

Lol! does she make the models for her fancy hats? she is worse than all Ascott together!

On 10 January 2011 18:48, Mara wrote:


On 10 January 2011 21:18, Gattina wrote:

I mean the hats that the High Society wears during horse racing in Ascott!

On 12 January 2011 00:08, Mara wrote:

Nope, still don't get the connection between the hats and my Mum. Unless it has something to do with the lace making. In that case: she did make a complete hat out of lace (or she's still working on it), which might look good at Ascott!

On 12 January 2011 07:45, Gattina wrote:

You were talking about your mom??? I thought you were talking about your queen! I mean Beatrix! Sorry I didn't get it, lol!

On 12 January 2011 10:45, Mara wrote:

Oh! The Queen, now it all makes sense! I love her hats (ahem), but I don't quite think they are Ascott material: not nearly flash enough.

On 12 January 2011 15:44, Gattina wrote:
Hahaha! now all is clear!


  1. That's when email communication breaks down . . . we think we understand but maybe we don't and when we try harder things can become even more confused.

  2. Yes, e-mail conversations can be confusing but, in the end, it's still faster than snail-mail going back and forth saying the same things.
    I was never able to get my dad to try a computer, so I had to copy his books onto my computer (scanning makes too many mistakes). Fortunately for me, he only wrote three of them.
    I'm glad we didn't introduce a computer into their household. They were confused enough with a cell phone, and wouldn't let us pay to have a land line put in (a new pole had to be put in and they refused). Then it turned out they both had Alzheimer's Disease, the poor sweeties, so it's just as well we didn't confuse them farther with a computer.
    I loved the queen mix-up, though, Mara. Ever so funny.
    -- K
    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Now that I read our email conversation all together, I am laughing ! I really cry of laughter ! That's what they call in French : "Un dialogue de sourd", which means a dialog of deaf mutes, hahaha !
    At least you could make a funny post ! with your Queen, THE QUEEN, and your personal Queen mom !

  4. I think Gattina was having a senior moment or two. :)

  5. That is so funny, how easily a conversation can get off track. My 83 year old mother-in-law is on the computer but she doesn't blog.

  6. I wondered for a moment when you mentioned the Queen, but it wasn't long before I remembered Holland has a Queen too.


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