An empty bench on the top of a hill: meaningless to some but to me life rescuing after walking the steps to reach the top. Someone even decided to paint the bench with meaningless graffitti, but it is a place where I can sit, relax, and perhaps even take a few photos from the top.
As you get older a lot of stuff becomes meaningless. I still have a cupboard frull of clothes, mainly shirts and trousers, some comfortable sensible shoes and, of course, something for a special occasion. Actually I am covered in clothing for all emergencies and the wonder of it all is that I no longer have to be a dedicated follower of fashion: just the basics are enough. My figure no longer allows itself to be dressed in a skirt (waistline disappeared and sunk to the southern region)some time ago or a dress (only straght dresses with no form or figure can be worn). Yes, fashion is now a meaningless subject for me. As long as you do not stand out in the crowd, and have the appearance of “mutton dressed up as lamb” which was one of my mum’s favourite sayings, then why spend money on clothes, I have a cupboard full.
I no longer need a super meal in a restaurant, because it can be a big disappointment. If you order a hamburger in Macdonalds you know what you are getting. If you order an expensive steak in a restaurant with all the trimmings, it does not mean that expensive is the same as good. And after eating a meal in a reastaurant you cannot relax on your armchair and take it easy because you are amongst the public. Eat your own cooked meal at home and you know what you are eating, and afterwards you can relax in your own surroundings: put your feet up and perhaps have a short nap to relax, or follow it down with a cup of tea or coffee – no problem.
When I think of it, I need no luxuries to keep me happy, perhaps a new computer with the latest microsoft or apple software or a new iPad which I have. Yes the meaningful items in a golden oldie cyber life are the important things to keep you happy and busy.
“Have you seen, there is a new iPhone, model 7” said Mr. Swiss this afternoon and sent me the advertising email from his iPad. Actally there would have been no need, because I had received the same e-mail – yes, “i” and all its attachments know us.
I had a look as I had been thinking about updating my iPhone (which was a model 5) to a 6, which Mr. Swiss already has. I had been weighing the pros and cons, but wanted a new iPhone with a better camera and all the trimmings. The new model 7 has it all. When I take a walk with my non meaningless camera (another hobby) I have to decide whether to take the zoom lens or the normal lens. This will no longer be necessary with the new phone. Its camera is perfect for the close ups and can be taken everywhere with no problem and the photos upload direct into my photo programme online. This means that I can take the camera with the large lens and the phone, which I always have with me. It will be perfect. Next week I have planned an excursion to the local mobile phone shop, where they have everything, to make my purchase. My old iPhone No. 5 has become meaningless, when I get a new iPhone No. 7 with all the photo trimmings. I forgot to mention, I can even make telephone calls with it.